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In Maryland, a person is eligible for a Protective Order if they: are the current or former spouse of the alleged abuser, have a child with the alleged abuser, had an intimate relationship and lived with the alleged abuser for 90 days within the last year or are related by blood or marriage to the alleged abuser.
A Peace Order is a form of relief available from the Court when a person has problems with another individual, such as someone the person is dating, a neighbor or a stranger.
Under the new law, stalking is defined as approaching or pursuing another where one knows or reasonably should have known the conduct would place another in reasonable fear of serious bodily harm, assault, rape or sexual offense or attempted rape or sexual offense, false imprisonment or death.
There are domestic violence laws in place in Maryland designed to help those who are being abused by a spouse or other family member, or a live-in girlfriend or boyfriend.
Domestic violence has been around for a long time. Unfortunately, battered and abused spouses were ignored until recent times when legislatures finally woke up and enacted legislation to protect those who could not protect themselves.
Prior to the final hearing, the court may award spousal and child support, custody, visitation, use of the marital home, and attorney fees on an interim basis.
Maryland Family Law recognizes eight different grounds for divorce. Adultery, voluntary separation (for at least 12 months), imprisonment (with a sentence of at least three years and at least 12 months already served), and living separate and apart (for at least two years), are among some of the reasons. For the court to grant a divorce based upon any of these grounds, they must be proved in court through evidence and testimony.
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