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231 Pa. Code Rule 1920.13. Pleading More Than One Cause of Action. Alternative Pleading.

Rule 1920.13. Pleading More Than One Cause of Action. Alternative Pleading.

 (a)  The plaintiff may state in the complaint one or more grounds for divorce and may join in the alternative a cause of action for annulment.

 (b)  Except as otherwise provided in these rules, the plaintiff may:

   (1)  join as separate counts in the complaint the ancillary claims that may be joined with an action of divorce or for annulment under the Divorce Code;

   (2)  amend the complaint to include the ancillary claims;

   (3)  file to the same term and number a separate supplemental complaint or complaints limited to the ancillary claims; or

   (4)  file to the same term and number a subsequent petition raising the ancillary claims.

 (c)  The court may order reasonable counsel fees and costs and expenses pending final disposition of any claim.

   Official Note

   See Pa.R.C.P. No. 1930.1(b). This rule may require attorneys or unrepresented parties to file confidential documents and documents containing confidential information that are subject to the Case Records Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania.

   See Pa.R.C.P. No. 1920.31(a)(2) as to raising claims for child support, spousal support, and alimony pendente lite.

   See Pa.R.C.P. No. 1910.26(b) for interim or special relief for support and alimony pendente lite actions proceeding through the domestic relations section.


   The provisions of this Rule 1920.13 amended January 5, 2018, effective January 6, 2018, 48 Pa.B. 477; amended June 1, 2018, effective July 1, 2018, 48 Pa.B. 3520; amended July 30, 2018, effective January 1, 2019, 48 Pa.B. 4960. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (392645).

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