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Checklist for a Petition to Recognize a Relationship as a Marriage

By Tony West,2014-05-02 16:04
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Checklist for a Petition to Recognize a Relationship as a Marriage

     ; You must complete a form before you file it. These instructions will

    help you complete the forms.

     ; The judicial services representative cannot complete a form for you.

     ; Attach a copy of any document referred to in the form.

     ; Keep a copy of all documents for your records.

     ; Attend all court hearings.

     ; Some forms may not apply in your case.

     ; Check with your court about local requirements.

(1) Decide whether just getting married would be better for you.

    The court order recognizing a relationship as a marriage is the same as getting married, and the only advantage is to give formal recognition to marriages informally entered into in the past. If there is no reason to “backdate” the marriage, it is cheaper, simpler and faster just to get married.

    (2) Coversheet

    (if known). ; Print your name and address and those of the other parties and lawyers

    ; You are not claiming damages, so leave that line blank or print “none.” A jury trial

    is not permitted in this type of case, so check “no.”

    ; On page 2, check the box next to “Common Law/Marriage Adjudication.” If you

    are also filing a Petition for Divorce or Annulment, check the box next to

    Divorce/Annulment.”

    (3) Verified Petition to Recognize a Relationship as a Marriage

    ; Print your name and contact information at the top of the first page. If both

    partners to the relationship are filing as co-petitioners, then print the names and

    contact information for both.

    ; Print the judicial district number, the county name and the court address in the

    blank lines. Print the names of the partners in the relationship in the blank lines

    under “In re marriage of.” The clerk will assign a case number and judge when

    you file the petition.

    ; Paragraph (2): Check whether at least one of the parties resides in the county

    and/or whether at least one of the events giving rise to the case occurred in the

    county. The events giving rise to the case are described in Paragraphs (6) and

    (7).

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    ; Paragraph (3): Check the box that describes your interest in the relationship. If

    your interest is not as a partner of the relationship, describe your interest in the

    blank line.

    ; Paragraph (4): Print the name of the woman in the relationship and check the

    appropriate box.

    ; Paragraph (5): Print the name of the man in the relationship and check the

    appropriate box.

    ; Paragraph (6): Paragraph (6) must be true in order to prove your case. Make

    sure that it is true before signing the petition.

    ; Paragraph (7): Paragraph (7) must be true in order to prove your case. Make

    sure that it is true before signing the petition.

    ; Paragraph (8): Check the appropriate box and print the appropriate dates. Be as

    accurate as you can about the dates. The beginning date should be the earliest

    date in which all of the elements in Paragraphs (6) and (7) were true. ; Paragraph (9): Check the appropriate box.

    ; Paragraph (10): Check the box only if the other partner to the relationship

    stipulates to the petition. Do not check the box if the other partner opposes the

    petition, has died, cannot be found, or is a co-petitioner.

    ; Paragraph (11): Print the beginning date from Paragraph (8).

    ; Attach any required documents and forms.

    ; Date and sign the form before a notary public or court clerk.

    ; If the other partner to the relationship opposes the petition, have the petition

    personally served on the other party. If the other partner cannot be found for

    service, file a motion for alternative service.

    ; File the original form with the judicial services representative.

    (4) Stipulation to Enter Judgment

    ; If the other party agrees with the petition but is not a co-petitioner, they complete

    this form. You should file the stipulation with the petition, file it later when your

    receive it, or the other party can file it.

    ; If the other party does not agree with what you have asked for, they must file and

    serve you with an Answer.

    (5) Request to Submit for Decision

    ; This form tells the court that the case is ready for a decision. Complete and file

    this form only if both partners are co-petitioners, the other partner stipulates to

    the petition, or one or both partners have died.

    ; Print your name and contact information at the top of the first page. Check

    whether you are the Petitioner or the attorney for the Petitioner. If both partners

    to the relationship sign the petition, you are co-petitioners.

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; Complete the heading exactly as it appears in the petition.

    ; Paragraph (1): Print the date the petition was filed.

    ; Paragraph (2): Check the appropriate box.

    ; Paragraph (3): Check whether a hearing has already been requested. ; Paragraph (4): Check whether you request a hearing. Contact the judicial

    services representative to see if the judge will require a hearing even if you have

    not requested one.

    ; Date and sign the form.

    ; File the form with the petition if:

    o both partners are co-petitioners; or

    o one or both partners have died; or

    o the partner not filing the petition stipulates to the petition.

    (6) Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order

    ; The Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order might be completed at

    different times, depending on how the case is decided. There are two documents:

    the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law; and the Order, and they are usually

    prepared at the same time.

    ; Print your name and contact information at the top of the first page. Check

    whether you are the Petitioner or Respondent or the attorney for the Petitioner or

    Respondent. If both partners signed the petition, you are Co-petitioners and there

    is no Respondent.

    ; Complete the heading exactly as it appears in the petition.

    ; If both partners are co-petitioners or if one or both partners have died or if the

    partner not filing the petition stipulates to the petition, complete the rest of the

    Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order so that they agree with the

    petition.

    ; If the petition is not stipulated, do not complete the rest of the Findings of Fact,

    Conclusions of Law, and Order unless you are told to do so. Either the judge will

    complete the rest of the documents or tell one of the parties to do so. ; Attach any required documents or forms.

    ; If there is a hearing, the judge will decide the issues and will tell one of the

    parties to prepare the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order. Listen

    carefully to the judge’s decision. The documents must agree with that decision,

    and you may have to prepare them.

    ; If you are told to prepare the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order,

    complete all of them except the judge’s signature. What you write in the

    documents must agree with what the judge decided.

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    ; Date and sign the proposed Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order

    under the phrase: “approved as to form.”

    ; Within 15 days after being told to prepare the documents, serve them on the

    other party by one of the methods described in the certificate of service. The

    other party has 5 days in which to object. If both partners are co-petitioners or if

    the partner not filing the petition stipulates to the petition, this step is not

    necessary.

    ; File the original Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order and the

    Certificate of Service with the judicial services representative after the time to

    object has ended.

    (7) Notice of Judgment

    ; The Notice of Judgment will not be prepared if both partners are co-petitioners or

    one or both partners have died. If the other partner did not file the petition but

    stipulated to it, you must still serve them with the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of

    Law, and Order and Notice of Judgment.

    ; If you prepared the order, or if the judge says you have to serve the signed order: ; Print your name and contact information at the top of the Notice of Judgment.

    Check whether you are the Petitioner or Respondent or the attorney for the

    Petitioner or Respondent.

    ; Complete the heading exactly as it appears in the petition.

    ; Attach any required documents and forms.

    ; Date and sign the form.

    ; Complete the Certificate of Service.

    ; Serve the form and attachments on the other party by one of the methods

    described in the certificate of service.

    ; File the original form and attachments with the judicial services representative.

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