The parties or their counsel must appear before
the Register on the return date. The petitioner or petitioner's
counsel must present the original citation and an affidavit or verification
of service of the petition and citation. The Register will hold
an informal conference on the return date of the citation. Parties
may be present on the return date to confer with their attorneys
for the purpose of further defining the issues or discussing settlement.
No testimony will be taken or evidence received.
If the matter is not settled by agreement on
the return date, the Register will schedule an evidentiary hearing
on a date or dates agreed upon by the parties, allowing the parties
a reasonable time to prepare.