I think "the" is a matter of style and will not matter to the court.
On your second question, I would insert punctuation;
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1. No; not important.
2. Better grammar/punctuation is generally preferred over poor grammar or no punctuation.
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I agree with the previous responses.
(1) Placing 'the' in front of respondent or petitioner is a matter of preference.
(2) I would either insert a comma, the word 'and', or include a slash ('/') between responsibility/legal. Better punctuation not only enhances readability, but makes it easier to communicate what is being asserted.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
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As I understand your questions, your concern should not be whether the omission of the article "the" is grammatically correct, but whether it is of any consequence to the force and effect of your pleadings. Use or disuse of "the" is of no moment and of no consequence whatever, so save yourself some ink if you wish. Judges can read things without stirring a bit, and you're not submitting your filings to the board of the Oxford English Dictionary. And by the way, attorneys make the same omission themselves, so you hardly need an attorney who won't be putting a sentence together any better than you. Good luck, but try to get the spelling right!
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