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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