Did you know that in Montgomery County, Maryland the testimony and evidence needed to receive a recommendation for an uncontested divorce have changed? There are now fewer requirements so it is easier than ever before to present the uncontested divorce testimony.
You no longer need a corroborating witness to testify about the grounds for divorce in Montgomery County, Maryland. You no longer need to ask a parent, sibling, neighbor, co-worker to come to court to testify to corroborate that you satisfy the grounds for divorce.
You no longer need to prove the marriage that you are trying to end actually took place. You no longer need a witness who attended the wedding ceremony to testify as to the marriage. You no longer need to produce a copy of the marriage certificate as an exhibit.
The only witness that needs to testify is the Plaintiff party requesting the divorce. The Plaintiff's testimony still needs to prove that the grounds for divorce, and all other requirements for divorce are satisfied. And, if the Defendant wishes to be restored to the use of a former name then the Defendant will need to testify.
Despite these changes that make it easier to be successful at the uncontested divorce hearing, it is still helpful to have a lawyer represent you at the uncontested divorce hearing, especially if there are any child support, alimony or division of retirement assets issues.
If you are considering divorce, Hess Family Law can provide advice based on your situation and/or goals.