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Limited Divorce in Maryland

Divorce can be complicated in Maryland. When certain conditions exist, spouses may separate, but not yet be eligible for an absolute divorce.  They may, however, need court intervention prior to the time at which their grounds for divorce ripen. Consequently, they may seek a limited divorce to enable them to acquire temporary relief.

Grounds for Limited Divorce

Maryland law identifies four different grounds upon which a limited divorce can be granted:

  1. Cruelty of treatment of the complaining party or of a minor child of the complaining party;
  2. Excessively vicious conduct to the complaining party or to a minor child of the complaining party;
  3. Desertion; and
  4. Separation, if the parties are living separate and apart without cohabitation.

During a Limited Divorce

Acting in the best interest of the child, a court may enter temporary orders concerning child custody, child support, and access to the child. Other issues, such as who will live in the family home and alimony may also be decided in a limited divorce. Property distribution cannot be addressed by the court in a limited divorce.

A limited divorce may be a first step toward obtaining an absolute divorce. Both require an experienced family law attorney, like Linda Sorg Ostovitz. I can help you navigate the complexities of divorce. Please contact me at or telephone (301) 575-0381 for a consultation.



Linda Sorg Ostovitz is a family law attorney. Her legal experience spans more than 34 years. In this time, she has served as a leader, educator and advocate. Mrs. Ostovitz holds a prestigious fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Currently, she serves as President for the Business Women’s Network of Howard County, by which she was chosen Woman of Distinction for 2014. Mrs. Ostovitz represents clients in Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore Counties. Her practice focuses exclusively on divorce litigation and mediation, child custody and access, child support, alimony, business valuation, as well as property and asset distribution. In addition to providing legal representation in court, Mrs. Ostovitz provides mediation services to help families come to a fair and legally-sound conclusion outside of the traditional court proceedings.




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