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Superior Court Invites Comment on Proposed Changes to Domestic Relations Rule 52

June 25, 2024

The District of Columbia Superior Court Rules Committee is seeking comment on proposed amendments  to Rule 52 of the Superior Court Rules Governing Domestic Relations Proceedings.

This rule has been amended to allow the court flexibility. Of note, new subsection (a)(2) makes clear that the court must issue written findings on particular matters where required by D.C. Code. New subsection (a)(3) clarifies that regardless of whether the court issues written or oral findings and conclusions, the court must issue a written order setting forth each party’s resulting rights and obligations, if any. New subsection (a)(4) requires the court to issue a separate judgment of divorce, decree of annulment or legal separation, or determination as to the validity of a marriage, as applicable. The judgment or decree may be issued together with the written order under new subsection (a)(3) or in lieu of such written order, if the court has not adjudicated any property, debt, or alimony rights.

Submit written comments by 5:30 p.m. on July 24 by email to [email protected] or by mail to:

Pedro E. Briones
Associate General Counsel
District of Columbia Courts
500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 6715
Washington, DC 20001

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