Rockville, Maryland Divorce Lawyers

The attorneys at Minshew & Ahluwalia LLP provide legal services to individuals who are contemplating whether to file for divorce or facing divorce proceedings that have already been initiated. If you have questions regarding the divorce process and what to expect, a family law attorney can assist you with your divorce as well as related issues such as child support, child custody, visitation, alimony and division of property (including the house and retirements).

A divorce can involve complex personal and financial issues. The decisions that are made will likely affect your life and those of your family members for many years. A divorce lawyer can assist in navigating the divorce process and address issues such as how to divorce, filing for divorce, grounds for divorce, annulment, divorce settlement, and uncontested divorce.

An absolute divorce in Maryland is permanent, allows the former spouses to remarry, and resolves issues relating to property. A court may grant a divorce based on certain grounds, including the following:

Spouses may divorce if they have lived separate and apart (under separate roofs) for a period of twelve consecutive months in Maryland prior to filing for divorce regardless of whether the separation was mutual and voluntary.

Mutual Consent

Spouses can divorce by “mutual consent” if they have entered into a signed, written marital settlement agreement that resolves the issues of alimony, disposition of property, custody and child support, and neither party has requested that the settlement agreement be set aside. This no-fault divorce ground, unlike the ground of Separation above, does not require the parties to have lived separate and apart for any period of time before filing for divorce.

Desertion and Constructive Desertion

Desertion occurs when one spouse has abandoned the marital home for a period of twelve consecutive months with no intention of returning prior to the other spouse filing for divorce. Constructive desertion, on the other hand, occurs when one spouse’s behavior causes the other spouse to leave the marital home.

Cruelty and Vicious Conduct

Cruelty and vicious conduct occur when one spouse abuses the other party or a child of the marriage.


Adultery occurs when one spouse voluntarily has sexual relations during the marriage with a person who is not his/her spouse and the other spouse has not consented or forgiven the adultery

To schedule a consultation to discuss your specific family law issue with a divorce attorney, contact the Law Firm of Minshew & Ahluwalia at (240) 386-8705 or fill out our contact form. The Law Firm of Minshew & Ahluwalia LLP provides legal services to residents in Washington, D.C., and throughout Maryland including Montgomery County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County.

The Law Firm of Minshew & Ahluwalia LLP is conveniently located in Rockville, Maryland, near the District and Circuit Courthouses for Montgomery County, Maryland and within walking distance to the Rockville Metro Station on the Red Line. Free parking is also available.