By Local Rule, domestic cases are subject to case schedule orders and other procedures designed to facilitate the timely resolution of domestic cases. Below is a template of the Domestic Case Schedule Order.
Per Local Court Rule 94.04W A. III. Each party must update his/her address with the County Clerk’s office immediately upon a change of address. If a party moved due to domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence, that party must provide the Court with an address where he/she will receive mail. The change of address must also be mailed or otherwise provided to the opposing party within 72 hours of the address change.
If your case is uncontested (both parties are in agreement) and there are no issues regarding spousal or child support and/or your parenting plan for cases with children, you can move forward on your own by scheduling an appointment with the Court Facilitator. The Facilitator can assist you with preparing your final orders and scheduling your court date to finalize your case. You can make this appointment at the Superior Court Clerk’s office.
If your case involves children, you must complete a mandatory parenting seminar pursuant to LCR 94.06W. Information regarding the seminar can be found on the Administration Website at www.benton-franklinsuperiorcourt.com
If your case is contested (you do not agree) please review below.
All parties shall be prepared to advise the Court regarding the following:
If you have not already done so, you are required by LCR 94.04(b)(3) to file and serve the opposing party with a copy of your Financial Declaration, together with the following documents:
Now that your trial is complete, you must take action to finalize your case. Your case is not complete until final documents have been entered with the court. We have attached information about the court rule (LCR 52) that explains the process on how to have your final documents entered. Please review the information carefully. Failure to comply with LCR 52 may result in the imposition of sanctions by the court, including monetary sanctions and attorney’s fees.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the status of your domestic case, please contact the Domestic Case Manager.
August 23, 2021
Superior Court Statement On Appearances In Court In Light of Governor's Order to Mask
The Superior Court is withdrawing this prior general presumption of personal appearance at hearings to address concerns regarding the Delta variant of Covid-19. The Court’s order can be found HERE. In light of the Governor’s Order that all individuals who enter buildings wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, it is appropriate for individuals who can appear remotely to do so if they wish. The Courtrooms remain open to the public with capacity limits and the requirement of masking for all. In some criminal matters it is necessary to require the presence the Defendant or Respondent.. Those who wish the opportunity to appear remotely via WebEx must ensure that their connection is sufficient to be heard and/or seen, and that their appearance and behavior during a hearing is appropriate for the Courtroom.
Court's Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
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Effective September 1, 2021 - 2021 Superior Court
Local Court Rules
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The Courts will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 6, 2021.
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