No divorce court witness needed under bill approved by Maryland General Assembly

This bill, OK'd by Maryland's legislature, removes what some call an outdated divorce requirement.

The General Assembly gave final approval to legislation that would drop Maryland's requirement that a person seeking an uncontested divorce bring a corroborating witness to court to confirm that the couple hasn't lived under the same roof for a year.

Passage came after the state Senate agreed to the House of Delegates' version of the bill, which now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan for his consideration.

Proponents, including the Maryland State Bar Association's family law division, argued that the current law is outdated and creates an inconvenience for divorcing couples and their witnesses. There was little opposition.

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