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(a) The petition in a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, legal separation or declaration of invalidity shall allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken or was never legally valid and shall set forth:

(1) The name, last known address, length of domicile on the Yurok Reservation, and Tribal enrollment, if any, of each party;

(2) The date of the marriage and the place where the marriage ceremony was performed;

(3) If the parties are separated, the date on which the separation occurred;

(4) The names, ages and addresses of all living children, natural or adopted, common to the parties and whether the wife is pregnant;

(5) The details of any agreements between the parties as to the parenting and support of the children and maintenance of a spouse;

(6) A statement specifying whether the Tribal Court needs to divide property between the parties and listing any such property; and

(7) The relief sought.

(b) Either or both parties to the marriage may initiate the proceeding.

(c) The only defense to a petition for declaration of invalidity of marriage is that the marriage is legally valid.

(d) The Tribal Court may join additional parties necessary for the exercise of its authority. Any child of parents who are parties to a proceeding for dissolution, legal separation, or a declaration of invalidity is also a party to such an action, and the Court may appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the child’s best interests in the matter. [Ord. 50 § 4.1, adopted, 3/23/2017.]