Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure on Domestic Relations Matters

By order dated May 6, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced amendments to several Rules of Civil Procedure in domestic relations matters. New Rule 1920.17 governs the discontinuance and withdrawal of a divorce complaint or claim of equitable distribution. Other rules amended are 1920.31 (Joinder of Related Claims. Child and Spousal Support. Alimony. Alimony Pendente Lite. Counsel Fees. Expenses); 1920.33 (Joinder of Related Claims. Distribution of Property. Enforcement); 1920.42 (Affidavit and Decree under § 3301(c) or § 3301(d)(1) of the Divorce Code. Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce Decree in § 3301(c) and § 3301(d)(1)(i) Divorces. Counter-affidavit); 1920.54 (Hearing by Master. Report. Related Claims); 1920.55-2 (Master’s Report. Notice. Exceptions. Final Decree); 1920.71 (Form of Notice); 1920.72 (Form of Complaint. Affidavit under § 3301(c) or § 3301(d) of the Divorce Code. Counter-affidavit. Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Decree under § 3301(c) and § 3301(d)); and 1920.75 (Form of Inventory). These amendments are effective July 1, 2015.

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