Riverside County Settlement Conference Statement & Trial Brief

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Riverside County Superior Court – Settlement Conference Statement & Trial Brief

The Superior Court of California for the County of Riverside has a settlement conference statement and trial brief form for dissolution of marriage (divorce) and registered domestic partnership terminations that must be completed and filed with the court. The court labels this form as RI-FL014, and it can be found by searching these terms via the internet. The form has four boxes for the courthouses where divorce cases are heard.  Riverside, Indio, Hemet and Blythe are the courthouse locations from which a litigant can choose to file based on jurisdictional issues.  Indio divorce attorney Joseph Torri can help clients determine when cases should be filed in Indio. Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Palm Springs, La Quinta and Rancho Mirage are some of the cities covered by the Larson Justice Center, Indio Courthouse.  If a spouse lives in Riverside, Moreno Valley or Corona, a Riverside divorce attorney would advise that a case could be filed in Downtown Riverside if residency requirements are met.

Once a litigant decides what courthouse has jurisdiction, litigants will need to file several documents with the court.  If the case has not settled after filing disclosure documents and propounding discovery, etc., the litigants should file a settlement conference statement & Trial Brief to help bring the case to a conclusion. The court needs statistical information, such as the date of marriage or registered domestic partnership and the date of separation; length of marriage or domestic partnership; date the respondent was served or date the response was filed; whether the Department of Child Support Services is involved; the petitioner's and respondent's age and employment along with gross monthly income; the new spouse or cohabitee's gross monthly income; and the children with age, sex and primary physical custodian.

The court needs to know about the disclosure documents that were served and filed, such as the schedule of assets and debts and income and expense declaration.  Preliminary declarations are extremely important to file with the court. The court also needs to know when they were last completed. If a party's income and expense declaration is more than three months old, or if there have been significant changes since filing the last income and expense declaration, a new income and expense declaration must be prepared and filed with the settlement conference statement or trial brief.

The court needs to know about existing stipulations (agreements) and court orders for child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and any other orders, if any. Knowing whether the litigants accept or do not accept a stipulation and court order is important information. Litigants should also narrow the issues for the court by stating settled and disputed issues.  Inform the court whether the parents have an agreement for child support and child custody and visitation. If there is no agreement, a parent should describe the orders that are being requested of the court. The division of community property assets, if any, needs to be filled out.  Litigants should inform the court whether a current property declaration was filed and is up to date, the date it was filed and whether it is attached.  The court has to make rulings on the family residence, vehicles, retirement/pension, money/investments, business/self-employment and any remaining assets.  It's crucial to inform the court on what issues, if any, do the litigants agree, and describe the orders that are requested of the court. Division of community debts needs to be addressed.  The court also needs to know about separate property, spousal/partner support and any other orders that are requested of the court.

This is simply a brief overview of the issues addressed in a settlement conference brief or trial brief.  Lists of exhibits and witnesses also need to be attached along with other forms.  Consult with a skilled La Quinta family law attorney to discuss the particulars. These forms can be overwhelming to fill out, especially when a case is headed to trial.  Family law judges need this information to prepare for the hearings that litigants will attend.  Since the court has so many cases to deal with, it's crucial that judges in Riverside County have pertinent information that is organized and timely filed.

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