Complaint for Absolute Divorce Instrction and form- Maryland

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DRIN 20 (Rev. 09/2005)
In the section that begins “FOR THESE REASONS. . .,” check off everything you want. If
you fail to ask for alimony and/or property before the divorce, you will never be able to get
it. The court will not necessarily give you what you asked for.
Complete the affirmation on the bottom of Page 3, then date and sign the form.
> STEP 2 — Other Court Documents.
In addition to this form you may also need to complete and attach to the Complaint a:
1. Property Settlement Agreement, if you have one;
2. Financial Statement for Alimony or Child Support, DOM REL 30 or DOM REL
31, ONLY if you are requesting child support and/or alimony.
> STEP 3 — Filing Fee.
Payment of a filing fee is generally required for filing these papers with the court. See
General Instructions.
> STEP 4 — Filing Your Forms.
Take the completed documents to the Clerk of the Court. Make sure to get the case number.
> STEP 5 — Service.
You will need to have the other party properly served with a copy of all the papers you are
filing AND with a Writ of Summons which is provided by the Civil Clerk of this Court. See
General Instructions.
> STEP 6 — Request for Default if No Answer Filed.
If your spouse is served: Your spouse should answer within:
in Maryland 30 days after service
in another state 60 days after service
in another country 90 days after service
If your spouse has not filed an answer by the required time, file a Request for Order of
Default, DOM REL 54.
> STEP 7 — Request for Hearing or Proceeding.
After you have received an Answer or an Order of Default, file a Request for Hearing or
Proceeding, DOM REL __, so that a court date will be set. See General Instructions.
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