11 editorial A burden too heavy advocated that Maryland relax the burden of proof in domestic violence cases, but the law is a tapestry of interrelated rules, policy considerations and consequences. The danger from any change in the law is an unintended consequence in another area. In Maryland, the only way a person can ask for a no-fault divorce is after one full year of living in site separate homes. Hardly any other state has this requirement before beginning a divorce. The economy, financial dependence and custody considerations often make getting an agreement to separate impossible. The only way one spouse can force a separation is through the domestic violence process.
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