(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, each party, in its first pleading or in an attached affidavit, shall give information, if reasonably ascertainable, under oath as to the respondent's present address or whereabouts and the places and addresses where the respondent has lived during the last five years. The pleading or affidavit must state whether the party:
(1) Has participated, as a party or witness or in any other capacity, in any other proceeding concerning the guardianship or conservatorship of the respondent and, if so, identify the court, the case number, and the date of the guardianship or conservatorship determination, if any;
(2) Knows of any proceeding that could affect the current proceeding, including, but not limited to, proceedings for the establishment, modification, termination, or enforcement of a protective order, and, if so, identify the court, the case number, and the nature of the proceeding;
(3) Knows the names and addresses of any person not a party to the proceeding who has physical custody of the respondent, and, if so, the names and addresses of any such person; and
(4) Knows the names and addresses of any person not a party to the proceeding who holds an appointment or alternate appointment as legal agent of the respondent and, if so, the names and addresses of any such person.
(b) If the information required by subsection (a) is not furnished, the court, upon motion of a party or its own motion, may stay the proceeding until the information is furnished.
(c) If the declaration as to any of the items described in paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (a) is in the affirmative, the declarant shall give additional information under oath as may be required by the court. The court may examine the parties and other persons under oath as to details of the information furnished and other matters pertinent to the court's jurisdiction and the disposition of the case.
(d) Each party has a continuing duty to inform the court of any proceeding in this or any other state that could affect the current proceeding.
(e) If a party alleges in an affidavit or pleading under oath that the health, safety, or liberty of a party or incapacitated person would be jeopardized by disclosure of the present address or whereabouts of a party or incapacitated person, the information must be sealed and may not be disclosed to the other party or the public unless the court orders the disclosure to be made after a hearing in which the court takes into consideration the health, safety, or liberty of the party or incapacitated person and determines that the disclosure is in the interest of justice.
Last modified: May 3, 2021