ARFLP Rule 3. Definitions

A.  Parties. Reference to a party to the action may include the state.

B.  Definitions. In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires, the following definitions shall apply:

1.  Guardian. A person appointed pursuant to Title 14, Arizona Revised Statutes.

2.  In camera. If the court orders that a document be reviewed in camera, the party who possesses the document shall submit the document ex parte to the court. The court shall then privately review the document to determine whether it should be further disclosed under applicable law and rules.

3.  Motion. A motion is a written request made after a petition seeking relief is filed.

4.  Moving Party. The party (movant or applicant) who has filed a written request for relief, regardless of whether or not that party was the petitioner or respondent in the initial petition.

5.  Petition. A petition is the initial pleading that commences a family law case or the initial pleading that commences a post-decree matter. All initial documents shall be denominated as a petition followed by brief descriptive wording summarizing the nature of the relief sought.

6.  Petitioner. A petitioner is a person or entity who files the first petition, and shall be referred to as such in all subsequent documents, including all post-decree petitions, motions and documents in the same case.

7.  Respondent. A respondent is any opposing party other than the petitioner.

8.  Response. A response is a document that substantially responds to a petition or a motion, and includes an answer to a petition.

9.  Sealing. If the court orders that a paper or electronic record or portion of a record is to be sealed, the record or portion of the record shall be sealed by the Clerk of the Court, and the record or portion of the record shall be accessible or disclosed only to those persons designated by order of the court. This definition is not intended to affect the substantive rights of any party.

10.  Title IV-D. Title IV-D means Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 651 et seq. Title IV-D is administered in Arizona by the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) of the Department of Economic Security.

11.  Witness. A witness is a person whose declaration under oath or affirmation is received as evidence for any purpose, whether such declaration is made on oral examination, by deposition or by affidavit.