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 use a Trial Record.
At least 20 days before your trial date, your partner will serve you with a trial record. It will have:
- 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
You can add to your partner’s trial record by serving and filing your documents at least 7 days before the 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.
You also have to think about the documents and witnesses that you plan to use at your trial.