I have decided to divorce my spouse, we have been married for 8 months. He committed adultery. I currently have no lawyer, and we are both representing ourselves. I’m currently jobless and homeless so i filed for waiver of fees, along with the absolute divorce. Now on case search it says that the waiver was granted and that i was mailed my summons.. what will happen next? i plan on having someone give him his copy. Will i need to prove that someone did it? How can i do that? What does he need to do? what happens next? I’m a bit in the dark about how to do this on my own. He was abusive physically mentally and sexually as well as cheating with minor girls.. i’ve had no support from anyone so any help will be appreciated. i live in montgomery county maryland.
You can log on to mdcourts.gov, there is a self help section. Click on family law. There should be the contact information the self help center in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. The clerk's office should be able to help you, and also explain how to serve your husband, what he receives as service, and how to file the certificate of service. You may also contact MD Legal Aid, they may be able to get you a pro-bono attorney or at least a person to review your filings. Best of luck.
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Once someone over the age of 18 services him that person will have to sign an affidavit of service (forms available on the judiciary website) and you would file that affidavit with the court. The other side will have 30 days to file an Answer. If the other side does not file an answer you can file for default. If the otherside does not respond to the default you will obtain a default hearing (which is basically an uncontested case), but you will need to prove the grounds of adultery to get divorce. However, if you and the otherside sign an agreement stating you each keep you stuff and call it a day, then you can get divorce much quicker without all of the hassle.
Also, FYI, the Montgomery County Circuit Court has a self-help center for pro-se litigants.
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