CHAPTER 254

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 79

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DIVORCE AND ANNULMENT.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend Title 13, Section 1517 of the Delaware Code by deleting the entire subsection and replacing thereto as follows:

"(a) Whenever the petition for divorce or annulment is not contested by respondent, the allegations thereof are presumed to be accurate and true, and the Court shall rule upon the petition either after a hearing at which only petitioner need testify, or without a hearing after the submission of a request for finalization and affidavit which reaffirms the Petition and verifies service of process and military status of the respondent. If petitioner's testimony or the affidavit fails to support the petition in any essential respect, the Court may deny the petition or require corroborating testimony or other evidence before ruling thereon.”.

Section 2. Amend Section 1514 of Title 13 of the Delaware Code by deleting the phrase “her maiden name or the name of a former husband” found after the word “resume” and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

“their maiden or former name.”.

Approved June 18, 2004