Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Maryland Alimony in General

a) Where available.- The court may award alimony:
(1) on a bill of complaint for alimony; or
(2) as a part of a decree that grants:
(i) an annulment;
(ii) a limited divorce; or (iii) an absolute divorce.
(b) Award to either party.- The court may award alimony to either party.
(c) Effect of agreement.- If a final disposition as to alimony has been made in an agreement between the parties, the court is bound by that agreement as the agreement relates to alimony.
(d) Spouse a resident in related institution.- Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a), (b), and (c) of this section, the court may not award alimony on a bill of complaint for alimony to the spouse of a resident in a related institution as defined in Section 19-301 of the Health - General Article, if the petitioner attempts to satisfy the separation grounds for divorce under Section Section 7-102 and 7-103 of this article based on the spouse's residence in the related institution.
[An. Code 1957, art. 16, Section 1; 1984, ch. 296, Section 2; 1992, ch. 628.]

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