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Family Law News

Posted on: May 5, 2017

By Mag. Kimberly Dean Mattingly, Marion Superior Court

  1. I’ve been asked to include this tip every week until we no longer see this: next to the judge signature line on an order, please just give us “Date:_______________,” rather than “the ____ day of ______, 2017.” As I’m sure you’ve noticed, our Odyssey-provided date stamp looks like this: April 13, 2017. Please give us room for it!
  2. If seeking a TRO, remember, there are TWO parts of TR 65: not only must your client allege the harm that might come if relief is not ordered, but they must also affirm the efforts taken to notify the other side of the request.
  3. If you are just doing document prep and not filing an appearance on a case: a) you will not get notices about the case and will not get explanations from court staff if you call about it and b) if you advise your client to make changes to a document that has already been notarized, those changes must be initialed by both parties, in ink, just like the original signatures that were notarized.
  4. Finally, this is not a tip, but more of a question: why do some PSAs come in without a signature blank for the judge? Seems like a new trend and Tip of the Week is just curious…in the paper world, this Tipster would add her own line and sign anyway but wonders if there is a good reason for the lack of one?

Stay tuned for a new tip next week!

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