4. File your forms at court
After you serve your partner with your documents, you must go to the courthouse to file them and Form 6B: Affidavit of Service. This means you put them in your court file. You do this at the court counter, with the help of the court clerk.
There is a guide on how to file documents.
Your partner will have started a court file, which is called the continuing record. The continuing record is the court file that has all the important documents in your case.
Rule 9: Continuing record says that you must file every document in your case in a continuing record so the judge can find it easily when it’s needed.
The continuing record has 2 parts:
- The endorsement volume has all the endorsements and court orders the judge made in your case. An endorsement is the written directions a judge gives you and your partner that says what you must do or not do.
- The documents volume has most of the documents you and your partner file in your case. For example, your Applications, Answers, Replies, affidavits of service, financial statements, motions, and affidavits.
Documents are added to the continuing record after they have been served on the other person.
When you add a document to the continuing record, you also have to update the table of contents by listing each document you’re filing.
Court staff can help you figure out where each document goes in the continuing record.
Make sure you keep a copy of every document you and your partner fill out. This allows you to keep track of your case yourself. You won't have to go to the court to ask the court clerk to get your file if you need to check something.