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Are you going through a divorce in Maryland, Massachusetts or Virginia?

Divorce or dissolution of marriage in Virginia, Maryland & Massachusetts is the final termination of a marriage. Divorce cancels the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage and dissolving the bonds of matrimony between two persons. In Virginia, Maryland & Massachusetts, divorce requires the sanction of a judge or other authority in a legal process.

The legal process for divorce may also involve issues of spousal support, child custody, child support, distribution of property and division of debt.

The terms of the divorce in Virginia, Maryland & Massachusetts are usually determined by the court. The divorce court in Virginia, Maryland & Massachusetts may take into account prenuptial agreements or postnuptial agreements, or simply ratify terms that the spouses may have agreed to privately via property settlement agreement.


In the absence of agreement, a contested divorce in Virginia, Maryland or Massachusetts may be stressful to the spouses and lead to expensive litigation.

Less adversarial approaches to divorce settlements have recently emerged in Virginia, Maryland & Massachusetts, such as mediation and collaborative divorce, which negotiate mutually acceptable resolution to conflicts.

Are you trying to ensure that your rights are not trampled as you go through a divorce in Maryland, Massachusetts or Virginia?

If you need help with ensuring your divorce is handled properly in Maryland, Massachusetts or Virginia, then contact the SRIS Law Group Maryland, Massachusetts or Virginia divorce lawyers for help.

Our Maryland, Massachusetts & Virginia divorce attorneys will do their best to help you.


  • § 20-94. Effect of cohabitation after knowledge of adultery, sodomy or buggery; lapse of five years.

When the suit is for divorce for adultery, sodomy, or buggery, the divorce shall not be granted, if it appear that the parties voluntarily cohabited after the knowledge of the fact of adultery, sodomy or buggery, or that it occurred more than five years before the institution of the suit, or that it was committed by the procurement or connivance of the party alleging such act.

  • § 7-101. General provisions.

(a)  Residence requirement.- If the grounds for the divorce occurred outside of this State, a party may not apply for a divorce unless 1 of the parties has resided in this State for at least 1 year before the application is filed.

(b)  Corroboration of testimony required.- A court may not enter a decree of divorce on the uncorroborated testimony of the party who is seeking the divorce.

  • ALM GL ch. 208, § 39.  Validity of Foreign Divorces.

A divorce adjudged in another jurisdiction according to the laws thereof by a court having jurisdiction of the cause and of both the parties shall be valid and effectual in this commonwealth; but if an inhabitant of this commonwealth goes into another jurisdiction to obtain a divorce for a cause occurring here while the parties resided here, or for a cause which would not authorize a divorce by the laws of this commonwealth, a divorce so obtained shall be of no force or effect in this commonwealth.