I got a divorce. I am the respondent on the divorce my ex-wife was the petitioner. I am reopening it to file a motion of contempt. Who is the petitioner and who is the respondent?
The petitioner is usually the person making the request. The respondent is the person who responds to the petition.
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You stick with what the titles are from the very first go 'round, so whomever was the Petitioner initially is still listed as the Petitioner in any post judgment filings. You do not change the case style regardless of whom is the moving party.
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The "case style" is all the information at the top of a pleading--names of parties, case number, which court, and Petitioner or Respondent. That never changes. In the style of the case, you are forever the Respondent.
When it comes time to reopen the case to file your Motion, try referring to your ex as "Former Wife" and you as "Former Husband". In the body of the Motion you might also refer to yourself as "Movant" since you are the moving party. But Former Husband and Former Wife will do it.
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I agree with the other responses, but I would include "Former Husband" and "Former Wife" in the case style also. It's allowed, and it just makes it clearer and easier to understand.
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