You have a lot to do to prepare for your trial.
Until now, you and your partner put all the documents you wanted the judge to look at in the continuing record. You can’t use the continuing record for your trial. Instead, Rule 23: Evidence and Trial says you must prepare a trial record.
Your trial record has to be ready at least 30 days before your trial date. It includes:
- a Table of Contents
- Form 8: Application, Form 10: Answer, and Form 10A: Reply
- any Agreed Statement of Facts, that lists the facts that you and your partner agree on
- Form 13: Financial Statement or Form 13.1: Financial Statement, if you or your partner are asking for support or to divide property
- Form 13A: Certificate of Financial Disclosure, if you or your partner are asking for support or to divide property
- Form 13B: Net Family Property Statement, if you or your partner are asking to divide property
- any assessment reports that have been prepared by a mental health professional like a social worker or psychologist, or any report by the Office of the Children’s Lawyer
- any temporary orders dealing with a matter that has not been resolved
- any orders related to the trial
- the parts of any court transcript you want to use at trial
Your trial record must be served on your partner and filed with the court at least 30 days before your trial starts. You serve your partner by regular service or special service. Serve your documents below explains how to do this.
See Count time below to understand how to calculate days or time correctly. This is important because court staff may not accept your documents if you haven’t followed the rules.
You have to tell the court that you will be at your trial. Confirm your court date below explains how to do this. If you or any of your witnesses need an interpreter or any special arrangement because of a disability, see Ask for a special arrangement below.
Your partner can add to the trial record. They must serve you with their documents at least 7 days before the trial starts.
You also have to think about the documents and witnesses that you plan to use at your trial.