LSPR 94.04.01 FILINGS IN FAMILY LAW AND NON-MARITAL RELATIONSHIPS (a) Application of Rule. This rule shall apply to all of the following types of cases that were filed after September 1, 2013: (1) Family law. Petitions seeking dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or declaration of invalidity; and (2) Non-marital. Actions brought by parties to non-marital relationships involving parenting or distribution of assets/liabilities. (b) Court's Automatic Temporary Restraining Order. Upon the filing of a Summons and Petition in any of the actions specified above, the court shall issue an Automatic Temporary Restraining Order, for which no fees will be imposed, using the form set forth in Appendix A FORM A-3. The Petitioner is subject to this order from the time of filing the Petition. The Petitioner shall serve a copy of this order on the Respondent and file a declaration of service in the court file. The Respondent is subject to this order from the time that the order is served. (c) Service of Financial Declarations and Assets & Debt Matrix. Within thirty (30) calendar days after the filing of an answer or other responsive pleading in any of the actions specified above, each party shall be required to serve the following documents on the opposing party: (1) Petitioner's Obligation. Upon receipt of the answer or response, the Petitioner shall, within fifteen (15) calendar days serve their Verified Financial Declaration and Verified Statement of Assets & Debt Matrix upon the Respondent. (2) Respondent's Obligation. Upon receipt of declaration and financial statements as per (c)(1) above from Petitioner, the Respondent shall, within fifteen (15) calendar days, serve Petitioner a Verified Financial Declaration and Verified Statement of Assets & Debt Matrix. (3) Parties' Obligations. Each party shall then file with the court a Declaration of Mailing, attesting that the Financial Declaration and Verified Statement of Assets & Debt Matrix has been provided to the other party within the thirty (30) calendar day time limit. All parties have a duty to supplement the financial information when additional information becomes available. (4) Final Statement. The parties final Verified Statement of Assets & Debt Matrix shall be filed with the court within fourteen (14) calendar days of any scheduled trial. The Verified Financial Declarations must be filed with the court in cases involving a request for child support, maintenance or attorney's fees. (d) Pro Se Review. Any party representing themselves (Pro Se) shall have their pleadings (except petitions for domestic violence protection orders, anti-harassment protection orders or sexual assault protection orders) reviewed by the Court's Facilitator. This does not prevent anyone from filing or scheduling a hearing; however to avoid delays and in consideration of court efficiency their pleadings must be reviewed as follows: (1) Temporary Motion/Orders. For temporary orders or motions at least two (2) judicial days prior to scheduled hearing (2) Final Orders/Decrees. For trials parties shall see the facilitator at least forty-five (45) calendar days prior to scheduled trial. The Court's Facilitator may review further pleadings as necessary however; any pleadings required for completion (finalization) of the action shall be reviewed. Any pleadings required to be reviewed may be reviewed by an attorney acting as a third-party neutral in accordance with RPC 2.4, or a Limited License Legal Technician as per APR 28 who shall certify the pleadings as reviewed using the form in Appendix A form A-2. Amended Effective September 1, 2013
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