Complaint for Absolute Divorce Instrction and form- Maryland

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DRIN 20 (Rev. 09/2005)
> STEP 8 — Marital and Non-marital Property.
If property is an issue you may have to complete a Joint Statement of Parties Concerning
Marital and Non-marital Property, DOM REL 33, before your court date.
> STEP 9 — Child Support.
If there are children of this marriage, you may have to fill out a CHILD SUPPORT
GUIDELINES WORKSHEET. Ask the Clerk of the Court how to get one.
> STEP 10 — Hearing.
At the hearing for Absolute Divorce, you will need a corroborative witness. This is a person
who testifies for you and supports your version of the facts. The witness gives his/her testimony
based on the facts he/she saw or heard. An important exception is that your witness can testify
to what your spouse (but not you), told him/her.
UNCONTESTED MATTER: Examples of the most commonly used
uncontested grounds are:
Two-Year Separation: Your witness should be someone who knows you
well and has frequent contacts with you. Your witness must testify under oath
that he/she knows:
! you and your spouse are married to each other;
! you and your spouse have been separated for two years;
! there is no reasonable hope of your getting back together;
! if there is an order of default, whether or not your spouse is in the
military.
Voluntary Separation: Your witness should be someone who knows you
well and has frequent contacts with you. Your witness must testify under oath
that he/she knows:
! you and your spouse;
! you are married to each other;
! you and your spouse BOTH voluntarily agreed to separate;
! you and your spouse have been separated for one year;
! there is no reasonable hope of your getting back together;
! if there is an order of default, whether or not your spouse is in the
military.
If you and your spouse signed a separation agreement under oath (sworn),
which says that you separated “mutually and voluntarily” as of a certain date
(at least a year ago), then your witness does not have to know it was
voluntary. Even if you have this type of separation agreement, you will still
need a witness to testify to the other requirements.
CONTESTED MATTER:
IF YOU HAVE ANY CONTESTED MATTERS,
YOU SHOULD GET THE ASSISTANCE OF AN ATTORNEY WELL BEFORE
THE COURT DATE.
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