Maryland law would grant divorce in 'sexless' marriages allowing cohabitation

Couples looking to avoid the one-year waiting period before being granted a no-fault divorce in Maryland would have another option under a proposed law.

Maryland Delegates Luiz Simmons and Ben Kramer proposed House Bill 336, which would allow couples that lived together but have not had sex for one year to obtain a divorce.

Under current law, the state allows a divorce if the parties "are living separate and apart without cohabitation."

The bill would replace that language with "are not engaging in sexual relations."

As originally reported on www.nbcwashington.com in the article "Need a Divorce in Maryland? Don't Have Sex," Simmons said the law would ease couples' financial burdens (especially those with children) because they could stay in the same house for the one-year period.

Published: Thu, Mar 25, 2010

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