As of October 1, 2018, parties in Maryland can divorce without a waiting period, EVEN IF they have minor kids. The hitch? You need a fully-executed separation agreement disposing of all issues in your divorce: custody, child support, retirement benefits, the house, cars, vacation homes, and so forth.
Why is this great? It’s great news and tremendous step forward, because, until this day, parties had to live separate and apart for an entire year before being granted an absolute divorce. Living in separate residences is both costly and stressful for the parties and their children, alike.
Mutual consent was originally passed two years ago as a new ground for divorce in Maryland, but it did not apply to couples with minor children. Now that minor children are included in this law, if you come to an agreement with your spouse and commit that agreement to writing, you can immediately file for an absolute divorce in the County of competent jurisdiction.