Complaint for Absolute Divorce Instrction and form- Maryland

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DRIN 20 (Rev. 09/2005)
COMPLAINT FOR ABSOLUTE DIVORCE
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING DOM REL 20
If you want the court to grant you a complete dissolution (ending) of a marriage, you are
asking the court to grant you an absolute divorce. There are two ways you can get an absolute
divorce: (1) obtain the services of an attorney to handle your case; or (2) file the case yourself by
using the DOM REL forms. After a court issues a JUDGMENT OF ABSOLUTE DIVORCE,
you can remarry.
YOU MAY NEED AN ATTORNEY IF:
! the case is contested and your spouse has a lawyer. (See p. 5 of these instructions for
assistance in determining whether your case is uncontested.)
! you cannot locate your spouse to serve him or her with your papers.
! you or your spouse have a house, a pension, or a large amount of property or income.
Even if it is a friendly divorce, you should talk to a lawyer before you sign any
settlement papers or file anything in court.
! you and your spouse do not agree on who should have custody of the children.
! you think the court will need information that you cannot get.
! you have been married for close to ten years. Being married for ten years may entitle
you to certain benefits.
WHERE TO FILE: You should file in the county in which you live, or in which the
defendant lives or works. You do not have to file in the county in which you are married, if you
no longer live there.
There are 10 steps you must follow in order to file the case yourself:
> STEP 1 — Completion of Form DOM REL 20.
Page 1: Fill in both your name, as Plaintiff, and your spouse’s name, as Defendant. Then
fill in current addresses and telephone numbers for both. If you do not have an address for
the other side and have done everything you can to find the address, call the Legal Forms
Helpline (1-800-818-9888) to see if resources are available in your county to help you.
Line 1: After printing your name in the space provided, fill in the month, day and
year of your marriage. In the second blank, fill in the city or county and the state where
you were married. Circle whether you were married in a religious or a civil ceremony.
Line 2: Check off all statements that apply in your case and fill in the blanks.
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