“I can’t take it anymore. I’m leaving!”

There comes a breaking point in every strained relationship when one partner must determine whether the relationship is worth pursuing. When it comes to a marriage relationship, this decision comes with serious consequences and should not be taken lightly.

In Maryland, a person can file for divorce two ways, either through a no-fault process or by placing blame (fault) on the other spouse.

When one spouse makes the relationship so difficult that the other feels life is unbearable, this can be construed as the first spouse being at fault for a broken relationship based on constructive abandonment or desertion. Typically, this refers to a relationship where one spouse has basically deserted his or her marital obligations or has put the well being of his or her spouse in jeopardy.

How can you tell if you have a case for constructive desertion or abandonment? Here are seven signs that your spouse may be doing everything possible to make your marriage unbearable:

  1. Your spouse refuses to provide for you, though you have historically been dependent on him or her.
  2. Your spouse refuses to have sex with you for no apparent reason.
  3. You suspect (or know) that your spouse is guilty of adultery.        
  4. Your spouse frequently belittles you, both in private and in public.
  5. Your spouse threatens you, either verbally or physically.
  6. You no longer feel safe at home.
  7. Your spouse hits you. This escalates the situation to domestic violence, which may be considered as cruel or vicious conduct in a Maryland divorce case.

Before you make any drastic decisions, you should consult with an experienced Maryland family attorney who can advise you of your rights and options. For more information call Nickelsporn & Lundin at 800-875-9700.

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