Amendments to the Florida Family Law Rules

Supreme Court of FloridaFeb 26, 1998
713 So. 2d 1 (Fla. 1998)

No. 89955

February 26, 1998

Original Proceeding — Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure

John F. Harkness, Jr., Executive Director, The Florida Bar, Tallahassee, Linda Vitale, Outgoing Chair, Florida Family Law Rules Committee, Fort Lauderdale, Burton Young, Chair, Florida Family Law Rules Committee, Young, Berman Karpf, P.A., North Miami Beach, Durand Adams, Chair, Family Court Steering Committee, Bradenton, Debra Behnke, Co-Chair, Access to the Courts Workgroup, Family Courts Steering Committee, Tampa, and George S. Reynolds, III, Co-Chair, Access to the Courts Workgroup, Family Courts Steering Committee, Tallahassee, for Petitioner.

Amy Karan, Administrative Judge, Richard Yale Feder, Administrative Judge, Judith Kreeger, Associate Administrative Judge, Lester Langer, Circuit Judge, Michael B. Chavies, Circuit Judge, Eugene Fierro, Circuit Judge, Carol R. Gersten, Circuit Judge, Maynard Gross, Circuit Judge, Gerald D. Hubbart, Circuit Judge, Arthur Taylor, Circuit Judge, Cecilia Altonaga, County Judge, Deborah White Labora, County Judge, Mark King Leban, County Judge and Bertila Soto, County Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami, Robert L. Doyel, Circuit Judge, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Bartow, J.K. "Buddy" Irby, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Alachua County, Gainesville, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami, Gerald S. Deutsch, Fort Lauderdale, Robert E. Schroeder, Director, Department of Human Services, on behalf of Metro-Dade Advocates for Victims Program, Miami, B. Niklas Brihammar of Sheri Smallwood, Chartered, Key West, Patricia Grogan, Chair, Governor's Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Florida Department of Community Affairs, Tallahassee, Caroline C. Emery, Jacksonville, Florida; Kathryn Gutstein, Chairperson, Dade County Alliance Against Domestic Violence, Miami, Ivon Mesa, on behalf of the Commission on the Status of Women, Miami, Rana Holz of Rubinstein Holz, P.A., Fort Myers, Virginia Daire, General Counsel, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Tallahassee, A. Quinn Jones, III, City Attorney and Ana Maria Pando, Assistant City Attorney, on behalf of the City of Miami Police Department, Miami, Marilyn R. McLean, Staff Attorney, Family Court Division, Eighth Judicial Circuit, Gainesville, Robert J. Jones, Administrative General Master, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami, David B. Higginbottom, Frostproof, George F. Hachigian, Staff Representative, on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, Florida Labor Council, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Linda J. Blue, Major, Metro-Dade Police Department, Domestic Crimes Bureau, Miami, Rachel Kronick, on behalf of Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid Society Domestic Violence Project, Miami, Geraldine E. Bishop, Judicial Staff Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Brooksville, Robert L. Vogel, Jr., Sheriff and Lt. Craig Broughton, Volusia County Sheriff's Department, Daytona Beach, Comments regarding Family Law Rules.


In 1990, the legislature established the Commission on Family Courts for the purpose of making recommendations regarding the implementation of the family law divisions. Ch. 90-273, Laws of Fla. After this Court received the commission's report recommending the implementation of such divisions, this Court established a new process for family law cases by directing that family court divisions be instituted. See In re Report of the Comm'n on Family Cts., 588 So.2d 586 (Fla. 1991). Subsequently, we adopted new rules of procedure for these family law divisions, which were intended to address the unique problems of family law cases. In re Family Law Rules of Pro., 663 So.2d 1047 (Fla. 1995)(Family Law I), and In re Family Law Rules of Pro, 663 So.2d 1049 (Fla. 1995)(Family Law II). In doing so, we included a significant number of forms and instructions.

Because these rules were new, and in some instances appeared to be complicated, we recognized that the rules and forms would need additional prompt refinement. To address this problem, in Family Law II we directed the Family Law Rules Committee, the Family Courts Steering Committee, and the Supreme Court Mediation and Arbitration Rules Committee to review the rules and forms following their implementation and to make recommendations for changes to the rules and forms. In issuing that directive, we stressed that the committees should place particular emphasis on making revisions to further simplify the family law process, particularly because of the many litigants in family law cases who represent themselves.

The development of common sense rules and forms in family law cases, understandable by both lawyers and pro se litigants alike, is essential. Reports submitted to the Office of State Courts Administrator by the circuits of this state reflect that, on average, sixty-five percent of all family law cases have at least one unrepresented party. Consequently, the rules governing family law cases should be crafted to establish an easy-to-understand process. Unfortunately, in adopting separate family law rules and forms, it appears that we may have complicated rather than simplified the process. One lawyer commenting on the rules stated that they are now so complicated that he has had to substantially increase his fees for dissolution proceedings. Our goal must be to simplify the process. Otherwise, we deny many citizens meaningful and affordable access to the courts, particularly when so many of them are self-represented. Moreover, every litigant in family law cases, whether represented by an attorney or not, is entitled to have contested matters heard by an article V judicial officer. Where custody, property, or liberty is involved, citizens in this state are entitled to a judicial resolution of a dispute, absent a mediated settlement.

In 1997, the rules and steering committees finalized their second review and submitted to us recommended rule and form modifications. The mediation committee found no need to recommend changes to the rules regarding family law mediation at this time. Additionally, in an effort to fulfill the spirit of this Court's directives to simplify the process of litigation in family law matters, the steering committee completely revised the forms, incorporating instructions for litigants throughout the forms, rather than keeping those instructions in attached appendices. The committee also added a number of new forms to the rules. The proposed amendments and modifications to the rules and forms are extensive; the rules and forms now constitute more than 500 pages.

The proposed rule changes were published for comment inThe Florida Bar News, and many comments were received by this Court. We have now reviewed the proposed changes and the comments. The majority of the proposed changes fall into the following categories: technical revisions to improve or correct the forms and related instructions, domestic and repeat violence, mandatory disclosure, court appointed experts, evaluations of minor children, hearing officers and paternity determinations, motions for new trial and rehearing, civil contempt, and case management and pretrial conferences for adoptions. We adopt, without comment, the majority of technical changes made to the forms and related instructions. Additionally, after having reviewed the forms and related instructions, this Court has made numerous additional technical changes on its own. We address the numerous other issues raised by the proposed changes to the rules and the forms below.

DOMESTIC AND REPEAT VIOLENCE

Both the steering and rules committees have made suggested changes to Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.610, which governs domestic and repeat violence, and the forms related to that rule. Some of the recommended changes were necessitated by recent changes to the statutes governing these issues.

Petition Forms

This Court received comments regarding the inclusion of the "Disclosure of Assistance by a Nonlawyer" on the domestic and repeat violence petition forms as well as on all other forms. Concern was raised as to the safety of the person assisting a victim of domestic violence in filling out the forms. Further, many comments asserted that there was no rule requiring this information and that it should thus be deleted from all forms. That argument is erroneous.

The disclosure is directed by Rule Regulating the Florida Bar 10-2.1 (a). That rule provides in pertinent part as follows:

(a) Unlicensed Practice of Law. The unlicensed practice of law shall mean the practice of law, as prohibited by statute, court rule, and case law of the State of Florida. For purposes of this chapter, it shall not constitute the unlicensed practice of law for a nonlawyer to engage in limited oral communications to assist a person in the completion of blanks on a legal form approved by the Supreme Court of Florida. Oral communications by nonlawyers are restricted to those communications reasonably necessary to elicit factual information to complete the blanks on the form and inform the person how to file the form.

The following language shall appear on any form completed pursuant to this rule and any individuals assisting in the completion of the form shall provide their name, business name, address, and telephone number on the form:

This form was completed with the assistance of:

Name of Individual

Name of Business

Address

Telephone Number

Before a nonlawyer assists a person in the completion of a form in the manner set forth in this rule, the nonlawyer shall provide the person with a copy of a disclosure. A copy of the disclosure, signed by both the nonlawyer and the person, shall be given to the person to retain and the nonlawyer shall keep a copy in the person's file. The disclosure does not act as or constitute a waiver, disclaimer, or limitation of liability.

(Emphasis added.) The Florida Family Law Forms were originally drafted by the standing committee on the unlicensed practice of law and were approved by this Court as simplified forms for pro se litigants. The intent in approving the numerous forms available in family law is still to assist pro se litigants, and the disclosure information is still required by that rule. We conclude that the disclosure information should continue to be required on the Florida Family Law Forms generally. We agree, however, that the safety of the victim as well as that of the form preparer is potentially at risk by the disclosure of this information on domestic and repeat violence petition forms. Further, most petition forms in domestic and repeat violence cases are completed at the office of the clerk of court, thus reducing the risk of unlicensed practice of law by form preparers. As such, we conclude that there should be a narrow exception to the disclosure requirement when domestic or repeat violence is at issue. Accordingly, we find that rule 10-2.1 (a) should be modified to eliminate the requirement that the name, address, and telephone number of the preparer be placed on domestic and repeat violence forms, and we have eliminated the nonlawyer disclosure block from forms implementing rule 12.610.

Injunction Forms

We have been asked to require all Florida judges to use standardized forms for issuing injunctions in domestic and repeat violence cases. Currently, most counties use different injunction forms, which often results in enforcement problems across county lines for law enforcement officers. According to the steering committee and the Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence, standardized forms would assist law enforcement officers in the enforcement of injunctions because, at a glance, they would be able to easily determine the terms of an injunction no matter which court generated the injunction.

Most comments received by this Court favored this proposal in concept. Significant concern, however, was raised regarding the forms as proposed. Specifically, concerns were raised as to vague language regarding prohibited contact, language permitting contact generally and visitation with children in the temporary domestic violence injunction forms, the full faith and credit language, language regarding firearms, the length of the forms, and prohibitions against leaving the state with a minor child.

We agree with the concept of standardized forms and have modified rule 12.610 to require all judges to use the standardized injunction forms contained in Appendix B of this opinion. To accommodate the concerns addressed in the preceding paragraph, we have reviewed each of the suggestions in detail and have modified the injunction forms accordingly. For instance, where the forms prohibited a respondent from going "near" a petitioner's residence or place of employment, we have modified the forms to prohibit a respondent from going within 500 feet of petitioner's residence or place of employment unless otherwise provided by the trial judge issuing the injunction. Numerous other similar changes were made in response to specific comments received.

Additionally, some comments noted the significant length of some forms due to the inclusion of standardized provisions regarding support and visitation issues that were not applicable to all cases. To accommodate those concerns, we have structured the injunction forms so that pages addressing support and visitation issues are separate and can be included or deleted as necessary. Judges are provided with a provision at the end of each applicable injunction form to indicate whether pages regarding support and visitation issues are included and to thus alert law enforcement officers as to the inclusion or exclusion of those pages.

We have also eliminated the options for allowing contact between the petitioner and respondent and visitation with minor children in the temporary injunction form. The "additional provisions" space on the form will still allow judges to include provisions for contact or visitation; however, comments received expressed concern that a form which included a standard provision allowing for contact and/or visitation would encourage contact during the brief but volatile period of time between the issuance of the temporary and permanent injunctions. Some modifications in this regard have also been made to the permanent injunction form.

The full faith and credit language that was included on the domestic violence injunctions has been modified to eliminate the language that the form "shall be afforded full faith and credit." The federal statute, 18 U.S.C. § 2265 (1994), does mandate that protection orders be afforded full faith and credit if certain conditions are met. However, comments received pointed out that such a determination must be made on a case by case basis by the judge issuing the order and a judge in the state in which enforcement is sought. The language has been modified to indicate that the "[i]t is intended" that the injunction be afforded full faith and credit.

We were also asked by the Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence to eliminate the provision in the forms precluding a victim from leaving the state with the parties' minor child. The concern was that a victim could not leave the state if necessary for safety purposes. Having considered this proposal, we conclude that a victim should be permitted to leave the state with the parties' minor child only if permitted through court order. While we recognize the concern for the victim's safety, this concern can be easily remedied by simply asking for permission to leave the state when filing the petition.

We were also requested to make mandatory the current "optional" prohibition against possession of firearms or ammunition as well as to require that all firearms be surrendered to law enforcement. Currently, it is a violation of federal law to possess certain firearms while under an injunction for protection. 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8)(1994). However, there is apparently no similar provision in Florida law, and the federal prohibition covers only firearms used "in commerce." Under these circumstances, we are without authority to require Florida judges to automatically preclude possession of firearms. That would require a substantive legislative act. While we believe that judges would be well advised to make such a preclusion, we have left the provision optional. We have, however, included additional space on the form for judges to include instructions regarding the surrender of firearms and any related procedure for doing so should they conclude that surrender is appropriate.

Both the committees and this Court also recognize that individual counties and circuits may have local provisions that need to be incorporated into the forms. The rule thus provides a procedure to be used to incorporate local provisions into the forms.

We have also been asked to make changes to rule 12.610 and related injunctions forms regarding the following two issues: (1) whether service of the permanent injunction may be mailed when the temporary injunction has been personally served on a respondent; and (2) whether the permanent injunction is to be issued for an indefinite or fixed period of time.

Currently, rule 12.610 provides that both temporary and permanent injunctions in domestic violence cases must be served by personal service. The only exception to this provision is when a party is present at the hearing on a permanent injunction and that party fails or refuses to acknowledge receipt of a certified copy of the injunction from the clerk. Under those circumstances, the clerk may mail a certified copy of the injunction to that party's last known address and service is then complete upon mailing. We have been asked to amend rule 12.610 to allow service of the permanent injunction by mail when the respondent has been personally served with the temporary injunction. According to the rules committee, personal service of the temporary injunction, which (as proposed) includes directives that the permanent injunction will be served by mail, should be sufficient. The justification for the amendment is the difficulty in finding a respondent after the respondent is removed from the parties' joint residence.

The domestic violence statute, section 741.30, Florida Statutes (1997), appears to have conflicting provisions regarding this issue. However, at least one provision in this statute specifically requires personal service of the personal injunction. See § 741.30(7)(c)1. ("Within 24 hours after the court issues an injunction for protection against domestic violence . . . the clerk of the court must forward a certified copy of the injunction for service to the sheriff with jurisdiction over the residence of the petitioner. The injunction must be served in accordance with the subsection.") (emphasis added). We received many comments from both judges and prosecutors opposing any change that would allow service by mail due to concerns about enforcement of the injunction and prosecution of injunction violations. We agree with those concerns. We conclude that the rule should not be amended to allow service by mail.

Section 741.30 has also been revised to provide that the terms of an injunction are to remain in effect until modified or dissolved. See § 741.30(6)(b). Recommended changes to the rules and forms conform to that requirement. Some comments opposed this change because of problems that arise when awards of support and custody are made in a domestic violence injunction but no dissolution action is ever filed. In effect, by eliminating time limitations on permanent injunctions, the legislature has directed the courts to make permanent decisions regarding support and custody in domestic violence proceedings. While we recognize that an injunction should perhaps be issued for an indefinite period of time for purposes of protecting victims from violence, we agree with the concerns raised about this change. Further, we do not believe that the legislature can restrict a trial court's discretion to place time limitations on injunctions it issues. We have thus made modifications to allow judges to choose whether the injunction is to be indefinite or is to expire on a date certain.

MANDATORY DISCLOSURE

Both the steering and rules committees have requested changes to rule 12.285, which governs mandatory disclosure. First, we have been asked to modify the rule to reduce the scope and amount of items to be disclosed. Currently, any party whose income exceeds $50,000 per annum must file a number of items covering a period of three years preceding the filing of a petition and must automatically file answers to standard interrogatories. Under the proposed changes, the time period covered for most items to be produced has been reduced to one year or three months and would apply to all parties regardless of income; interrogatories would be supplemental to the financial affidavits and would not be automatic. Additionally, the committees recommend shortening the financial affidavits and requiring that any party making over $30,000 per annum file the long-form affidavit. We agree with all of the recommendations except the last. We conclude that the rule should continue to require any party making over $50,000 per annum to file the long-form affidavit, but note that the affidavit is shorter than the one currently contained in the rules. We reject the request that those with income between $30,000 and $50,000 also be required to file this long-form affidavit.

The rules and steering committees are in disagreement as to the financial affidavit forms to be used. We have amended the financial affidavit forms after reviewing comments from both committees.

Second, we have been asked to allow parties to be exempted from the mandatory filing of financial affidavits. Currently, all parties must file financial affidavits with the court. Presumably, to avoid public disclosure, the rules committee seeks to amend rule 12.285 to allow a court to exempt individuals from this requirement when they certify that they are serving the financial affidavits on each other. Only one comment was filed regarding this issue, cautioning that judges must have the financial affidavits to make financial determinations. We decline to adopt this recommendation at this time because we are concerned about the problems this change could cause. For instance, in any case where a court is charged with dividing the assets and liabilities of parties, financial affidavits are necessary to assist in such a decision. Moreover, even where no dispute exists as to the division of assets, financial affidavits must be available to the court should subsequent litigation in the case ensue, such as modification requests or subsequent allegations of fraud. If financial affidavits are not filed with the court, the court might be significantly hindered in rendering future decisions regarding a case. Further, as we noted inFamily Law I, under certain limited conditions, financial affidavits could be sealed if necessary. See Barron v. Florida Freedom Newspapers, Inc., 531 So.2d 113 (Fla. 1988). See also Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.051.

A third proposal concerning mandatory disclosure is the steering committee's request to create new rule 12.287. The new rule would allow parties to serve requests for financial affidavits in enforcement or contempt proceedings because, under the current mandatory disclosure rule, an interrogatory process is the only means available to obtain such an affidavit. We approve the rule as proposed by the committee.

EVALUATION OF MINOR CHILDREN

The rules committee seeks adoption of a new rule, 12.363, concerning interviews, testing, and evaluations of minor children to discourage multiple evaluations and evaluations conducted by one party without the knowledge of the other. Such a rule was proposed but rejected by this Court when the family law rules were first adopted after numerous comments were received objecting to particular provisions of the rule. See Family Law I. The committee has altered the proposal to eliminate many of the concerns raised when it was previously proposed. We received only one comment to this proposal, which expressed support for the new rule. We approve the rule as proposed.

COURT-APPOINTED EXPERTS

The rules committee also seeks adoption of new rule 12.365 concerning the appointment of experts by the court. Among other things, the proposed rule provides for the method and order of appointment; restricts communication of the experts with the court except with notice and an opportunity to be present and heard during such communication; and provides that the report shall be served on the parties prior to trial. It does not apply to the appointment of experts under proposed new rule 12.363. As with rule 12.363, a similar rule was proposed and rejected when the family law rules were proposed in Family Law I. We note that the committee has made a number of changes to the rule as proposed here, but we still are concerned about the increase in costs the adoption of this rule may cause the parties. We decline to approve the proposed rule at this time.

HEARING OFFICERS

Currently, rule 12.491 prohibits hearing officers from hearing contested paternity cases. Under the proposed amendment to that rule, hearing officers are prohibited only from presiding over jury trials in paternity cases but they may evaluate evidence and make findings and recommendations regarding paternity in cases where a jury trial will not be conducted. The steering committee requests this change to comply with federal requirements regarding an expedited paternity determination in certain cases. We decline to adopt this change at this time. The fact that an expedited paternity determination is required in certain cases does not eliminate the right of litigants to have substantive due process decisions be determined by article V judicial officers. Federal regulations cannot change or eliminate that right. Clearly, judges can provide expedited paternity determinations when necessary. Given the nature of paternity proceedings, we decline to approve this proposed change.

MOTIONS FOR NEW TRIAL AND

REHEARING

The steering committee seeks to expand rule 12.530, which governs motions for new trial and rehearing and amendments of judgments, to address the need to require parties to bring an omission of factual findings required under chapter 61 to the trial court's attention. The committee suggests that this change will eliminate unnecessary appeals. The committee does raise the concern as to what would happen when one party invokes the rule, which would delay the time for filing an appeal, but another party wants to appeal other issues.

This proposed rule change is opposed by the rules committee and several comments were received raising concerns about the change and its interaction with the appellate rules.

We decline to adopt this rule at this time given the concerns raised by the committees and comments. The purpose of the proposed rule does seem to have merit; however, the steering and rules committees need to discuss this proposal with the appellate rules committee, and appropriate rule changes to both the family law and appellate rules need to be crafted that ensure the appellate rights of litigants are not compromised.

CIVIL CONTEMPT

The rules committee seeks adoption of a new rule to govern the procedures for noticing a hearing on contempt, for establishing purge conditions, and for providing a contemnor's right of review. The committee asserts that this rule is necessary to avoid the current confusion that exists in handling civil contempt proceedings, particularly when those proceedings are before a hearing officer or general master.

We have a number of serious concerns regarding this rule as proposed. Any rule concerning contempt, particularly one dealing with incarceration, must comply with United States and Florida Supreme Court decisions in this area. International Union, United Mine Workers v. Bagwell, 512 U.S. 821 (1994);Bowen v. Bowen, 471 So.2d 1274 (Fla. 1985);Pugliese v. Pugliese, 347 So.2d 422 (Fla. 1977). Portions of the rule as proposed appear to require a prospective finding of contempt before the contemnor has had an opportunity to be heard. This would violate the due process rights of contemnors and be specifically prohibited by the above decisions. Further, certain language in the rule imposes a rebuttable presumption that the contemnor has the present ability to comply with a prior order. The language apparently is derived from section 61.14(5)(a), Florida Statutes (1997), which addresses support enforcement. Unlike the statutory provision, however, the rule as written covers "any civil contempt proceeding" — it is not limited to support. We are concerned that this is a substantive change not intended by the statute.

While we are not necessarily opposed to the adoption of a rule regarding contempt proceedings, we find the new rule, as proposed, to be unacceptable. Because we reject the adoption of this rule, we have, of necessity, eliminated proposed forms that would implement portions of this rule.

CASE MANAGEMENT AND PRETRIAL CONFERENCES FOR ADOPTIONS

The rules committee seeks to amend rule 12.200, governing case management conferences, to require case management conferences in adoption proceedings. Under the proposed amendment, the court will determine notice, intermediary, and cost issues early in the litigation to avoid protracted adoption litigation. We approve the proposed amendments to this rule.

INCOME DEDUCTION FORMS

We have eliminated the income deduction forms currently contained in the judgments and orders portion of the forms. First, those forms are no longer orders given changes in the statute and should be placed elsewhere in the forms. Second, several of the forms must be rewritten because portions are incorrect. Third, we have serious due process concerns regarding the ability of a party to require income to be deducted from another party's paycheck without the necessity of a court order. While the statute governing this issue allows this to be done, the process for doing so is not definitive and has caused significant confusion. For instance, the forms as drafted provide that the clerk of court is to sign the forms to verify payments to be made. Comments received regarding this issue ask that the clerk's verification be deleted from these forms due to the burden this verification places on the clerks. Additionally, we understand that proposed legislation is currently being drafted to amend the process and to address these issues. We suggest that the committees evaluate these concerns and any new legislation that passes regarding income deduction and then draft new proposed forms accordingly.

MISCELLANEOUS SUGGESTIONS

The committees and interested individuals and groups who commented on the rules made numerous other suggestions, most of which are technical and most of which we have implemented. Some, however, have not been implemented at this time. For instance, in the response of the rules committee to the forms submitted by the steering committee, the rules committee suggests that the words "custody" and "visitation" be eliminated in the forms and instructions given that other terms such as "shared parental responsibility" and "primary residency" are now to be used in place of the terms "custody" and "visitation." Likewise, the committee suggests that rule 12.440 be clarified to provide when uncontested final hearings are to be set by court order or notice of hearing and that the forms be amended accordingly. The committee submitted no proposed rules or forms to implement those changes. While we agree that these changes may need to be implemented, given the massive nature of the amendment of the 550-plus pages of the rules and forms in this case, we decline to adopt these recommendations until the rules or steering committee submits proposed rules and forms that specifically incorporate these suggestions.

The rules committee has also asked that we adopt a new form for notice of lis pendens. Before adopting this form, we ask the rules committee to prepare an appropriate instruction sheet to advise litigants why and when that form is to be used.

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

In addition to recommended changes to the rules and forms, the steering committee, in its annual report, made recommendations regarding the future direction of the Family Court Initiative. In its report, the committee makes certain conclusions and recommendations concerning its responsibilities. First, it concludes that the original notion of the "one family — one judge" concept, that is, that all court matters involving members of the same family be handled by the same judge, is "unrealistic and unworkable." Instead, the committee recommends that our judicial system have "an integrated and coordinated approach that insures that any judge handling any matter involving a member of a family will be well informed as to any other pending matters involving another member of that same family."

Second, it recommends that a comprehensive array of services and referrals be implemented to assist self-represented litigants. According to the committee, while we have made significant strides in this area by implementing the family law forms and related instructions, we must continue to work towards developing personnel and automation prototypes to enable circuits to provide an integrated approach to family cases and must pursue funding to accomplish this objective.

Third, the committee asks that this Court clarify the committee's responsibilities for monitoring and ensuring compliance by the circuits with the mandates of this Court and of the Family Court Initiative.

Fourth, the committee asks that it be allowed to make revisions to the forms on an annual basis given the large volume of forms and of the need to change those forms whenever statutes affecting the forms are revised.

Finally, the committee asks for this Court's support in obtaining increased state funding of court support services to meet these goals.

Before addressing the committee's concerns, we believe that evaluation, review, and perhaps reorganization of both the rules and steering committees may be warranted. At this time, significant overlap exists as to the duties of the two committees. Both committees have provided extremely valuable services in implementing rules and policies regarding the ever-increasing involvement of courts in family matters. The efforts of both committees are to be highly commended. The steering committee has been very instrumental in providing direction for improving assistance and access to the courts for family law litigants. However, a review of the recommendations submitted for rule and form revisions reflects that a significant amount of duplication has occurred in the efforts of the committees. To continue in dual roles appears to be unproductive and costly. To avoid further duplication, we believe that it may be in the best interests of all concerned for the two committees either to have more specifically defined areas of responsibility or to be combined to create one comprehensive body for proceeding with the design and implementation of plans for future development in the area of family law and changes to the rules and forms.

As previously mentioned, we also have concerns that we may have further complicated rather than simplified the family law process through the creation of family law divisions and the adoption of the rules and forms. The very fact that the package of forms and rules consists of over 550 pages is evidence of that complication.

In reviewing the rules and forms, we believe several changes might simplify the process to enhance access. First, we believe that the judgments should be deleted from the forms and be placed in a "bench book" for distribution to judges. Pro se litigants should not be required to provide judges with blank judgment forms. It may be that the Conference of Circuit Judges should appoint a select committee to develop appropriate forms for judicial orders and decrees in family law matters. Second, perhaps the forms and accompanying instructions should be deleted entirely from the rule-making process and be grouped instead into packets for distribution according to the type of proceeding. The forms could then be evaluated and changed on an "as needed" basis and be approved by this Court as simplified forms through opinion rather than being confined by the rule-making process.

The Court recognizes that the manner in which family law cases are processed is an access issue which necessitates significant attention because it can have a greater effect on individual litigants than any other area of the law. To that end, we request the committees to make recommendations by September 1, 1998, regarding how best to accomplish the objectives outlined in this section of this opinion.

CONCLUSION

We commend the work of both committees in their efforts to further simply the rules and forms. We recognize that the work regarding simplification will be a continuing process.

Further, as noted above, we believe that many of the proposed changes that we have declined to approve in this opinion may have merit. As such, we will allow revisions to the proposed changes and/or additional comments to the matters discussed in this opinion to be submitted to this Court no later than May 1, 1998. This Court may set any of those issues on which comment is received for oral argument during the Court's June 1998 oral argument calendar.

Accordingly, we adopt the amendments to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure as set forth in Appendix A and the revised forms and related instructions as set forth in Appendix B effective midnight, March 1, 1998.

It is so ordered.

KOGAN, C.J., and SHAW, HARDING, WELLS, ANSTEAD and PARIENTE, JJ., concur.

NO MOTION FOR REHEARING WILL BE ENTERTAINED BY THE COURT GIVEN THAT WE WILL BE ACCEPTING COMMENTS UNTIL MAY 1, 1998, TO BE CONSIDERED IN JUNE 1998.

APPENDIX A

RULE 12.070. PROCESS

(a) Family Law Actions Generally . Service of process u Upon the commencement of all family law actions, including proceedings to modify a final judgment, except domestic and repeat violence service of process shall be as set forth in Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.070, . except that The_summons, cross-claim summons, and third-party summons in family law matters shall be patterned after Florida Family Law Form 12.910(a) and shall specifically contain the following language:

WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings.

This rule does not govern service of process in domestic and repeat violence proceedings.

(b) Domestic and Repeat Violence Injunctions . Service of process regarding domestic and repeat violence actions shall be governed by Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.610.

RULE 12.080. SERVICE OF PLEADINGS AND PAPERS

(a) Service.

(1) Family Law Actions Generally. Service of pleadings and papers after commencement of all family law actions except domestic and repeat violence shall be as set forth in Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.080, except that rule 1.080 shall be expanded as set forth in subdivisions (b) and (c) to include additional requirements for service of recommended orders and for service on defaulted parties.

(2) Domestic and Repeat Violence Actions. Service of pleadings and papers regarding domestic and repeat violence actions shall be governed by Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.610.

(b) Service and Preparation of Orders and Judgments. (1) Family Law Actions Generally . A copy of all orders or judgments involving family law matters except domestic and repeat violence shall be transmitted by the court or under its direction to all parties at the time of entry of the order or judgment. The court may require that recommended orders, orders, or judgments be prepared by a party. If the court requires that a party prepare the recommended order, order, or judgment, the party shall furnish the court with stamped, addressed envelopes to all parties for service of the recommended order, order, or judgment. The court also may require that any proposed recommended order, order, or judgment that is prepared by a party be furnished to all parties no less than 24 hours before submission to the court of the recommended order, order, or judgment.

(2) Domestic and Repeat Violence Actions . Service and preparation of orders and judgments involving domestic and repeat violence shall be governed by Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.610.

(c) Defaulted Parties. No service need be made on parties against whom a default has been entered, except that:

(1) Pleadings asserting new or additional claims against defaulted parties shall be served in the manner provided for service of summons contained in Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.070.

(2) Notice of final hearings or trials and court orders shall be served on defaulted parties in the manner provided for service of pleadings and papers contained in Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.080.

(3) Final judgments shall be served on defaulted parties as set forth in Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.080(h)(2).

Commentary

1995 Adoption. This rule provides that the procedure for service shall be as set forth in Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.080 with the following exceptions or additions to that rule. First, subdivision (b) corresponds to and replaces subdivision (h)(1) of rule 1.080 and expands the rule to include recommended orders. Second, this rule expands items that must be served on defaulted parties to ensure that defaulted parties are at least minimally advised of the progress of the proceedings. This rule is not intended to require the furnishing of a proposed recommended order, proposed order, or proposed final judgment to a defaulted party.

RULE 12.200. CASE MANAGEMENT AND PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

(a) Case Management Conference.

(1) Family Law Proceedings, Generally. A case management conference may be ordered by the court at any time on the court's initiative. A party may request a case management conference 30 days after service of a petition or complaint. At such a conference the court may:

(1 A) schedule or reschedule the service of motions, pleadings, and other papers;

(2 B) set or reset the time of trials, subject to rule 12.440;

(3 C) coordinate the progress of the action if complex litigation factors are present;

(4 D) limit, schedule, order, or expedite discovery;

(5 E) schedule disclosure of expert witnesses and the discovery of facts known and opinions held by such experts;

(6 F) schedule or hear motions related to admission or exclusion of evidence;

(7 G) pursue the possibilities of settlement;

(8 H) require filing of preliminary stipulations if issues can be narrowed;

(9 I) refer issues to a master for findings of fact, if consent is obtained as provided in rules 12.490 and 12.492 and if no significant history of domestic or repeat violence that would compromise the process is involved in the case;

(10 J) refer the parties to mediation if no significant history of domestic or repeat violence that would compromise the mediation process is involved in the case and consider allocation of expenses related to the referral; or refer the parties to counseling if no significant history of domestic or repeat violence that would compromise the process is involved in the case and consider allocation of expenses related to the referral;

(11 K) coordinate voluntary binding arbitration consistent with Florida law if no significant history of domestic or repeat violence that would compromise the process is involved in the case;

(12 L) appoint court experts and allocate the expenses for the appointments;

(13 M) refer the cause for a home study or psychological evaluation and allocate the initial expense for that study;

(14 N) appoint an attorney or guardian ad litem for a minor child or children if required and allocate the expense of the appointment; and

(15 O) schedule other conferences or determine other matters that may aid in the disposition of the action.
(2) Adoption Proceedings. A case management conference shall be ordered by the court within 60 days of the filing of a petition when

(A) there is a request for a waiver of consent to an adoption by those persons required to consent by section 63.062, Florida Statutes;

(B) notice of the hearing on the petition to adopt is not afforded a person whose consent is required but who has not consented;

(C) an intermediary, attorney, or agency is seeking fees or costs in excess of those provided under sections 63.097 or 63.212(4), Florida Statutes;

(D) an affidavit of diligent search and inquiry is filed in lieu of personal service; or

(E) the court is otherwise aware that any person having standing objects to the adoption.

(b) Pretrial Conference. After the action is at issue the court itself may or shall on the timely motion of any party require the parties to appear for a conference to consider and determine:

(1) proposed stipulations and the simplification of the issues;

(2) the necessity or desirability of amendments to the pleadings;

(3) the possibility of obtaining admissions of fact and of documents that will avoid unnecessary proof;

(4) the limitation of the number of expert witnesses; and

(5) any matters permitted under subdivision (a) of this rule.

(c) Notice. Reasonable notice shall be given for a case management conference, and 20 days' notice shall be given for a pretrial conference. On failure of a party to attend a conference, the court may dismiss the action, strike the pleadings, limit proof or witnesses, or take any other appropriate action. Any documents that the court requires for any conference shall be specified in the order. Orders setting pretrial conferences shall be uniform throughout the territorial jurisdiction of the court.

(d) Case Management and Pretrial Order. The court shall make an order reciting the action taken at a conference and any stipulations made. The order shall control the subsequent course of the action unless modified to prevent injustice.

Commentary 1995 Adoption.

This rule addresses issues raised by decisions such as Dralus v. Dralus, 627 So.2d 505 (Fla. 2d DCA 1993); Wrona v. Wrona, 592 So.2d 694 (Fla. 2d DCA 1991); and Katz v. Katz, 505 So.2d 25 (Fla. 4th DCA 1987), regarding the cost of marital litigation. This rule provides an orderly method for the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of issues and promotes amicable resolution of disputes.

This rule replaces and substantially expands Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.200 as it pertained to family law matters. Under this rule, a court may convene a case management conference at any time and a party may request a case management conference 30 days after service of a petition or complaint. The court may consider the following additional items at the conference: motions related to admission or exclusion of evidence, referral of issues to a master if consent is obtained pursuant to the rules, referral of the parties to mediation, referral of the parties to counseling, coordination of voluntary binding arbitration, appointment of court experts, referral of the cause for a home study psychological evaluation, and appointment of an attorney or guardian ad litem for a minor child.

Committee Note 1997 Amendment. In In re Adoption of Baby E.A.W., 658 So.2d 961 (Fla. 1995), and other cases involving protracted adoption litigation, it becomes clear that the earlier the issue of notice is decided by the court, the earlier the balance of the issues can be litigated. Because both parents' constitutional standing and guarantees of due process require notice and an opportunity to be heard, this rule amendment will help solve the problems of adoption litigation lasting until a child's third, fourth, or even fifth birthday. Furthermore, this rule will encourage both parents to be more candid with intermediaries and attorneys involved in the adoption process.

In E.A.W. , 658 So.2d at 979, Justice Kogan, concurring in part and dissenting in part, stated: "I personally urge the Family Law Rules Committee . . . to study possible methods of expediting review of disputes between biological and adoptive parents." This rule expedites resolution of preliminary matters concerning due process in difficult adoption disputes. This rule also mandates early consideration of the child's rights to due process at early stages of adoption litigation.

Noncompliance with subdivision (a)(2) of this rule shall not invalidate an otherwise valid adoption.

RULE 12.285. MANDATORY DISCLOSURE

(a) Application.

(1) Scope. This rule shall apply to all proceedings within the scope of these rules except proceedings involving adoption, simplified dissolution, enforcement, contempt, and injunctions for domestic or repeat violence, and uncontested dissolutions when the respondent is served by publication and does not file an answer. Additionally, no financial affidavit or other documents shall be required under this rule from a party seeking attorneys' fees, suit money, or costs, if the basis for the request is solely under section 57.105, Florida Statutes, or any successor statute. Except for the provisions as to financial affidavits, any portion of this rule may be modified by order of the court or agreement of the parties.

(2) Original and Duplicate Copies. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties or ordered by the court, copies of documents required under this rule may be produced in lieu of originals. Originals, when available, shall be produced for inspection upon request. Parties shall not be required to serve duplicates of documents previously served.

(b) Time for Production of Documents.

(1) Temporary Financial Hearings. Any document required under this rule in any temporary financial relief proceeding shall be served on the other party for inspection and copying as follows.

(A) The party seeking relief shall serve the required documents on the other party with the notice of temporary financial hearing, unless the documents have been served under subdivision (b)(2) of this rule.

(B) The responding party shall serve the required documents on the party seeking relief on or before 5:00 p.m., 2 business days before the day of the temporary financial hearing if served by delivery or 7 days before the day of the temporary financial hearing if served by mail, unless the documents have been received previously by the party seeking relief under subdivision (b)(2) of this rule. A responding party shall be given no less than 12 days to serve the documents required under this rule, unless otherwise ordered by the court. If the 45-day period for exchange of documents provided for in subdivision (b)(2) of this rule will occur before the expiration of the 12 days, the provisions of subdivision (b)(2) control.

(2) Initial and Supplemental Proceedings. Any document required under this rule for any initial or supplemental proceeding shall be served on the other party for inspection and copying within 45 days of service of the initial pleading on the respondent.

(c) Disclosure Requirements for Temporary Financial Relief. In any proceeding for temporary financial relief heard within 45 days of the service of the initial pleading or within any extension of the time for complying with mandatory disclosure granted by the court or agreed to by the parties, the following documents shall be served on the other party: (1) A financial affidavit in substantial conformity with Family Law Form 12.901(d) if the party's gross annual income is less than $50,000, or Family Law Form 12.901(e) if the party's gross annual income is equal to or more than $50,000. This requirement cannot be waived by the parties. The affidavit must also must be filed with the court. (2) A Child Support Guidelines Worksheet in substantial conformity with Family Law Form 12.901(g), if the case involves child support. (3) All federal and state income tax returns, gift tax returns, and intangible personal property tax returns filed by the party or on the party's behalf for the past year. A party may file a transcript of the tax return as provided by Internal Revenue Service Form 4506 in lieu of his or her individual federal income tax return for purposes of a temporary hearing. (4) IRS forms W-2, 1099, and K-1 for the past year, if the income tax return for that year has not been prepared. (5) Pay stubs or other evidence of earned income for the 3 months prior to service of the financial affidavit.

(c d) Parties ' Whose Annual Income and Expenses Are Less Than $50,000. Disclosure Requirements for Initial or Supplement Proceedings. Any party whose gross annual income from all sources is less than $50,000 and whose total annual expenses are less than $50,000 shall be required to serve the following documents in any proceeding for an initial or supplemental request for temporary or permanent financial relief, including, but not limited to, a request for child support, alimony, equitable distribution of assets or debts, or attorneys' fees, suit money, or costs:

(1) A financial affidavit in substantial conformity with Family Law Form 12.901(d) if the party's gross annual income is less than $50,000, or Family Law Form 12.901(e) if the party's gross annual income is equal to or more than $50,000, which requirement cannot be waived by the parties, and which . The financial affidavits also must be filed with the court. A party may request, by using the Standard Family Law Interrogatories, or the court on its own motion may order, a party whose gross annual income is less than $50,000 to complete Family Law Form 12.901(e).

(2) A Child Support Guidelines Worksheet in substantial conformity with Family Law Form 12.901(g), if the case involves child support.

(2 3) All federal and state income tax returns, gift tax returns, and intangible personal property tax returns filed by the party or on the party's behalf for the pastthree 3 years.

(3 4) IRS forms W-2, 1099, and K-1 for the past year, if the income tax return for that year has not been prepared.

(4 5) Pay stubs or other evidence of earned income for the 3 months prior to service of the financial affidavit.

(5 6) A statement by the producing party identifying the amount and source of all income received from any source during the 3 months preceding the service of the financial affidavit required by this rule if not reflected on the pay stubs produced.

(6 7) All loan applications and financial statements prepared or used within the 3 years 12 months preceding service of that party's financial affidavit required by this rule, whether for the purpose of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit or for any other purpose.

(d) Parties Whose Annual Income or Expenses Are Equal To or Exceed $50,000. Any party whose gross annual income from all sources is equal to or exceeds $50,000 or whose total annual expenses are equal to or exceed $50,000 shall be required to serve the documents on the other party as follows.

(1) Temporary Financial Relief. In any proceeding for temporary financial relief, the following documents shall be served on the other party:

(A) A financial affidavit in substantial conformity with Family Law Form 12.901(e), which requirement cannot be waived by the parties, and which also must be filed with the court.

(B) All federal and state income tax returns, gift tax returns, and intangible personal property tax returns filed by the party or on the party's behalf for the past 3 years.

(C) IRS forms W-2, 1099, and K-1 for the past year, if the income tax return for that year has not been prepared.

(D) Pay stubs or other evidence of earned income for the 3 months prior to service of the financial affidavit.

(E) A statement by the producing party identifying the amount and source of all income received from any source during the 3 months preceding the service of the financial affidavit required by this rule if not reflected on the pay stubs produced.

(F) All loan applications and financial statements prepared or used within the 3 years preceding service of that party's financial affidavit required by this rule, whether for the purpose of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit or for any other purpose.

(G) Corporate, partnership, and trust tax returns for the last tax year, if the producing party has an interest in a corporation, partnership, or trust greater than or equal to 30%. (2) Initial Proceedings . In any initial proceeding for permanent financial relief, including, but not limited to, a request for child support, alimony, equitable distribution of assets or debts, or attorneys' fees, suit money, or costs, the following documents shall be served on the other party:

(A) All documents listed in subdivision (d)(1), including the financial affidavit which also must be filed with the court. (B) The answers to interrogatories found in Family Law Form 12.930(b).

(C) All documents showing reimbursed expenses and in-kind payments that reduce the party's personal living expenses that were received by or made available to the party for the last 3 years.

(D 8) All deeds within the last 3 years, all promissory notes within the last 12 months, and all present leases, mortgages, promissory notes, and closing statements pertaining to real estate in which the party owns or owned an interest within the last 3 years, whether held in the party's name individually, in the party's name jointly with any other person or entity, in the party's name as trustee or guardian for any other person, or in someone else's name on the party's behalf.

(E 9) All periodic statements and passbooks from the last 3 years months for all checking accounts, and from the last 12 months for all other accounts (for example, savings accounts, money market funds, certificates of deposit, etc.), and credit union accounts (regardless of whether or not the account has been closed), including those held in the party's name individually, in the party's name jointly with any other person or entity, in the party's name as trustee or guardian for any other person, or in someone else's name on the party's behalf.

(F 10) All brokerage account statements in which either party to this action held within the last 3 years 12 months or holds an interest including those held in the party's name individually, in the party's name jointly with any person or entity, in the party's name as trustee or guardian for any other person, or in someone else's name on the party's behalf.

(G) All title certificates, lease agreements, and registration certificates for all motor vehicles, boats, airplanes, and any other vehicle requiring registration that the party regularly uses, owns, or owned in the last 3 years.

(H 11) The most recent statement for any profit sharing, retirement, deferred compensation, or pension plan (for example, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), SEP, KEOGH, or other similar account)_in which the party is a participant or alternate payee and the summary plan description for any retirement, profit sharing, or pension plan in which the party is a participant or an alternate payee. (The summary plan description must be furnished to the party on request by the plan administrator as required by 29 U.S.C. § 1024(b)(4).)

(I) All documents pertaining to any money owed to the party or spouse.

(J 12) The declarations page, the last periodic statement, and the certificate for any group insurance for a All life insurance policies insuring the party's life or the life of the party's spouse. , and all current health and dental insurance cards covering either of the parties and/or their dependent children.

(K 13) Corporate, partnership, and trust tax returns for the last 3 tax years if the party has an ownership or interest in a corporation, partnership, or trust greater than or equal to 30%.

(L 14) Periodic All promissory notes for the last 12 months, all credit card and charge account statements and amortization schedules, or other records showing the party's indebtedness as of the date of the filing of this action and for the last 3 years months . , and all present lease agreements, whether owed in the party's name individually, in the party's name jointly with any other person or entity, in the party's name as trustee or guardian for any other person, or in someone else's name on the party's behalf.

(M 15) All written premarital or marital agreements entered into at any time between the parties to this marriage, whether before or during the marriage. Additionally, in any modification proceeding, each party shall serve on the opposing party all written agreements entered into between them at any time since the order to be modified was entered.

(N 16) All documents and tangible evidence supporting the producing party's claim of special equity or nonmarital status of an asset or debt for the time period from the date of acquisition of the asset or debt to the date of production or from the date of marriage, if based on premarital acquisition.

(O 17) Any court orders directing a party to pay or receive spousal or child support.

(3) Supplemental Proceedings. In any temporary or permanent supplemental proceeding regarding financial relief, documents shall be produced as set forth in subdivisions (d)(1) and (d)(2), respectively and shall be served as set forth in subdivision (b). Additionally, in any modification proceeding, each party shall serve on the opposing party all written agreements entered into between them at any time since the order to be modified was entered.

(e) Duty to Supplement Disclosure; Amended Financial Affidavit.

(1) Parties have a continuing duty to supplement documents described in this rule, including financial affidavits, whenever a material change in their financial status occurs.

(2) If an amended financial affidavit or an amendment to a financial affidavit is filed, the amending party also shall serve any subsequently discovered or acquired documents supporting the amendments to the financial affidavit if the party falls within the provisions of subdivision (d).

(f) Sanctions. Any document to be produced under this rule that is served on the opposing party fewer than 24 hours before a nonfinal hearing or in violation of the court's pretrial order shall not be admissible in evidence at that hearing unless the court finds good cause for the delay. In addition, the court may impose other sanctions authorized by rule 12.380 as may be equitable under the circumstances. The court may also impose sanctions upon the offending lawyer in lieu of imposing sanctions on a party.

(g) Extensions of Time for Complying with Mandatory Disclosure. By agreement of the parties, the time for complying with mandatory disclosure may be extended. Either party also may file, at least 5 days before the due date, a motion to enlarge the time for complying with mandatory disclosure. The court shall grant the request for good cause shown.

(g h) Objections to Mandatory Automatic Disclosure. Objections to the mandatory automatic disclosure required by this rule shall be served in writing at least 5 days prior to the due date for the disclosure or the objections shall be deemed waived. The filing of a timely objection, with a notice of hearing on the objection, automatically stays mandatory disclosure for those matters within the scope of the objection. For good cause shown, the court may extend the time for the filing of an objection or permit the filing of an otherwise untimely objection.The court shall impose sanctions for the filing of meritless or frivolous objections.

(h i) Certificate of Compliance. All parties subject to automatic mandatory disclosure shall file with the court a certificate of compliance, Florida Family Law Form 12.932, identifying with particularity the documents which have been delivered and certifying the date of service of the financial affidavit and documents by that party.

(i j) Place of Production.

(1) Unless otherwise agreed by the parties or ordered by the court, all production required by this rule shall take place in the county where the action is pending and in the office of the attorney for the party receiving production. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties or ordered by the court, if a party does not have an attorney or if the attorney does not have an office in the county where the action is pending, production shall take place in the county where the action is pending at a place designated in writing by the party receiving production, served at least 5 days before the due date for production.

(2) If venue is contested, on motion by a party the court shall designate the place where production will occur pending determination of the venue issue.

(k) Failure of Defaulted Party to Comply. Nothing in this rule shall be deemed to preclude the entry of a final judgment when a party in default has failed to comply with this rule. Commentary

1995 Adoption. This rule creates a procedure for automatic financial disclosure in family law cases. By requiring production at an early stage in the proceedings, it is hoped that the expense of litigation will be minimized. See Dralus v. Dralus, 627 So.2d 505 (Fla. 2d DCA 1993); Wrona v. Wrona, 592 So.2d 694 (Fla. 2d DCA 1991); and Katz v. Katz, 505 So.2d 25 (Fla. 4th DCA 1987). A limited number of requirements have been placed upon parties making and spending less than $50,000 annually unless otherwise ordered by the court. In cases where the income or expenses of a party are equal to or exceed $50,000 annually, the requirements are much greater. Except for the provisions as to financial affidavits,other than as set forth in subdivision (k), any portion of this rule may be modified by agreement of the parties or by order of the court. For instance, upon the request of any party or on the court's own motion, the court may order that the parties to the proceeding comply with some or all of the automatic mandatory disclosure provisions of this rule even though the parties do not meet the income requirements set forth in subdivision (de). Additionally, the court may, on the motion of a party or on its own motion, limit the disclosure requirements in this rule should it find good cause for doing so.

Committee Note 1997 Amendment. Except for the form of financial affidavit used, mandatory disclosure is made the same for all parties subject to the rule, regardless of income. The amount of information required to be disclosed is increased for parties in the under-$50,000 category and decreased for parties in the $50,000-or-over category. The standard family law interrogatories are no longer mandatory, and their answers are designed to be supplemental and not duplicative of information contained in the financial affidavits.

RULE 12.287. FINANCIAL AFFIDAVITS IN ENFORCEMENT AND CONTEMPT PROCEEDINGS Any party in an enforcement or contempt proceeding may serve upon any other party a written request to file and serve a financial affidavit if the other party's financial circumstances are relevant in the proceeding. The party to whom the request is made shall file and serve the requested financial affidavit within 10 days after the service of the written request. The court may allow a shorter or longer time. The financial affidavit shall be in substantial conformity with Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) (Short Form), all sections of which shall be completed.

RULE 12.340. INTERROGATORIES TO PARTIES

Interrogatories to parties shall be governed generally by Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.340, with the following exceptions.

(a) Service of Interrogatories. (1) Initial Interrogatories. Initial interrogatories to parties in original and enforcement actions shall be those set forth in Family Law Form 12.930(b). Parties governed by the mandatory disclosure requirements of rule 12.285(d) (income or expenses of $50,000 or more) shall automatically submit the answers to those interrogatories as provided in that rule. Parties governed by the mandatory disclosure requirements of rule 12.285(c) (income and expenses under $50,000), may serve the interrogatories set forth in Family Law Form 12.930(b) as set forth in rule 1.340.

(2) Modification Interrogatories. Interrogatories to parties in cases involving modification of a final judgment shall be those set forth in Family Law Form 12.930(c). Parties governed by the mandatory disclosure requirements of rule 12.285 may serve the interrogatories set forth in Family Law Form 12.930(c) as set forth in rule 1.340.

(b) Additional Interrogatories. Ten interrogatories, including subparts, may be sent to a party, in addition to the standard interrogatories contained in Family Law Form 12.930(b) or Family Law Form 12.930(c). A party must obtain permission of the court to send more than ten additional interrogatories. Commentary

1995 Adoption. For parties governed under the disclosure requirements of rule 12.285(d) (income or expenses of $50,000 or more), the answers to the interrogatories contained in Form 12.930(b) must be automatically served on the other party. For parties governed under the disclosure requirements of rule 12.285(c) (income and expenses under $50,000), the service of the interrogatories contained in Form 12.930(b) is optional as provided in Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.340. Additionally, under this rule, 10 additional interrogatories, including subparts, may be submitted beyond those contained in Family Law Form 12.930(b). Leave of court is required to exceed 10 additional interrogatories. The provisions of Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.340 are to govern the procedures and scope of the additional interrogatories.

Committee Note

1997 Amendment. The rule was amended to conform to the changes made to rule 12.285, Mandatory Disclosure.

RULE 12.363. EVALUATION OF MINOR CHILD (a) Appointment of Mental Health Professional or Other Expert. (1) When the issue of visitation, parental responsibility, or residential placement of a child is in controversy, the court, on motion of any party or the court's own motion, may appoint a licensed mental health professional or other expert for an examination, evaluation, testing, or interview of any minor child or to conduct a social or home study investigation. The parties may agree on the particular expert to be appointed, subject to approval by the court. If the parties have agreed, they shall submit an order including the name, address, telephone number, area of expertise, and professional qualifications of the expert. If the parties have agreed on the need for an expert and cannot agree on the selection, the court shall appoint an expert. (2) After the examination, evaluation, or investigation, any party may file a motion for an additional expert examination, evaluation, interview, testing, or investigation by a licensed mental health professional or other expert. The court upon hearing may permit the additional examination, evaluation, testing, or interview based on good cause shown that further examinations, testing, interviews, or evaluations would be in the best interests of the minor child. (3) Any order entered under this rule shall specify the issues to be addressed by the expert. (4) Any order entered under this rule may require that all interviews of the child be recorded and the tapes be maintained as part of the expert's file. (5) The order appointing the expert shall include an initial allocation of responsibility for payment. (6) A copy of the order of appointment shall be provided immediately to the expert by the court unless otherwise directed by the court. The order shall direct the parties to contact the expert or investigator appointed by the court to establish an appointment schedule to facilitate timely completion of the evaluation. (b) Providing of Reports. (1) Unless otherwise ordered, the expert shall prepare and provide a written report to the attorney for each party or the party, if unrepresented, and the guardian ad litem, if appointed, a reasonable time before any evidentiary hearing on the matter at issue. The expert also shall send written notice to the court that the report has been completed and that a copy of the written report has been provided to the attorney for each party or the party, if unrepresented, and the guardian ad litem, if appointed. In any event, the written report shall be prepared and provided no later than 30 days before trial or 75 days from the order of appointment, unless the time is extended by order of the court. (2) On motion of any party, the court may order the expert to produce the expert's complete file to another qualified licensed mental health professional, at the initial cost of the requesting party, for review by such qualified licensed mental health expert, who may testify.

(c) Testimony of Other Professionals. Any other expert who has treated, tested, interviewed, examined, or evaluated a child may testify only if the court determines that good cause exists to permit the testimony. The fact that no notice of such treatment, testing, interview, examination, or evaluation of a child was given to both parents shall be considered by the court as a basis for preventing such testimony.

(d) Communications with Court by Expert. No expert may communicate with the court without prior notice to the parties and their attorneys, who shall be afforded the opportunity to be present and heard during any such communication between the expert and the court. A request for communication with the court may be informally conveyed by letter or telephone. Further communication with the court, which may be conducted informally, shall be done only with notice to the parties.

(e) Use of Evidence. An expert appointed by the court shall be subject to the same examination as a privately retained expert and the court shall not entertain any presumption in favor of the appointed expert's findings. Any finding or report by an expert appointed by the court may be entered into evidence on the court's own motion or the motion of any party in a manner consistent with the rules of evidence, subject to cross-examination by the parties. The report shall not be considered by the court before it is properly admitted into evidence. Committee Note

1997 Adoption. This rule should be interpreted to discourage subjecting children to multiple interviews, testing, and evaluations, without good cause shown. The court should consider the best interests of the child in permitting evaluations, testing, or interviews of the child. The parties should cooperate in choosing a mental health professional or individual to perform this function to lessen the need for multiple evaluations.

This rule is not intended to prevent additional mental health professionals who have not treated, interviewed, or evaluated the child from testifying concerning review of the data produced pursuant to this rule.

This rule is not intended to prevent a mental health professional who has engaged in long-term treatment of the child from testifying about the minor child.

RULE 12.491. CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT

(a) Limited Application. This rule shall be effective only when specifically invoked by administrative order of the chief justice for use in a particular county or circuit.

(b) Scope. This rule shall apply to proceedings for the establishment, enforcement, or modification of child support wherein the party seeking support is receiving services pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act ( 42 U.S.C. § 651 et seq.) and to non-Title IV-D proceedings upon administrative order of the chief justice.

(c) Support Enforcement Hearing Officers. The chief judge of each judicial circuit shall appoint such number of support enforcement hearing officers for the circuit or any county within the circuit as are necessary to expeditiously perform the duties prescribed by this rule. A hearing officer shall be a member of The Florida Bar unless waived by the chief justice and shall serve at the pleasure of the chief judge and a majority of the circuit judges in the circuit.

(d) Referral. Upon the filing of a cause of action or other proceeding for the establishment, enforcement, or modification of support to which this rule applies, the court or clerk of the circuit court shall refer such proceedings to a support enforcement hearing officer, pursuant to procedures to be established by administrative order of the chief judge.

(e) General Powers and Duties. The support enforcement hearing officer shall be empowered to issue process, administer oaths, require the production of documents, and conduct hearings for the purpose of taking evidence. A support enforcement hearing officer does not have the authority to hear contested paternity cases. Upon the receipt of a support proceeding, the support enforcement hearing officer shall:

(1) assign a time and place for an appropriate hearing and give notice to each of the parties as may be required by law;

(2) take testimony and establish a record, which record may be by electronic means as provided by Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.070(d);

(3) accept voluntary acknowledgment of paternity and support liability and stipulated agreements setting the amount of support to be paid; and

(4) evaluate the evidence and promptly make a recommended order to the court. Such order shall set forth findings of fact.

(f) Entry of Order and Relief from Order. Upon receipt of a recommended order, the court shall review the recommended order and shall enter an order promptly unless good cause appears to amend the order, conduct further proceedings, or refer the matter back to the hearing officer to conduct further proceedings. Any party affected by the order may move to vacate the order by filing a motion to vacate within 10 days from the date of entry. Any party may file a cross-motion to vacate within 10 days from the date of rendition; an additional 5 days shall be allowed if the order was served by mail. Any party may file a cross-motion to vacate within 5 days of service of a motion to vacate, provided, however, that the filing of a cross-motion to vacate shall not delay the hearing on the motion to vacate unless good cause is shown. A motion to vacate the order shall be heard within 10 days after the movant applies for hearing on the motion.

(g) Modification of Order. Any party affected by the order may move to modify the order at any time.

(h) Record. For the purpose of hearing on a motion to vacate, a record, substantially in conformity with this rule, shall be provided to the court by the party seeking review.

(1) The record shall consist of the court file, including the transcript of the proceedings before the hearing officer, if filed, and all depositions and evidence presented to the hearing officer.

(2) The transcript of all relevant proceedings shall be delivered to the judge and provided to opposing counsel not less than 48 hours before the hearing on the motion to vacate. If less than a full transcript of the proceedings taken before the hearing officer is ordered prepared by the moving party, that party shall promptly file a notice setting forth the portions of the transcript that have been ordered. The responding party shall be permitted to designate any additional portions of the transcript necessary to the adjudication of the issues raised in the motion to vacate or cross-motion to vacate.

(3) The cost of the original and all copies of the transcript of the proceedings shall be borne initially by the party seeking review, subject to appropriate assessment of suit monies. Should any portion of the transcript be required as a result of a designation filed by the responding party, the party making the designation shall bear the initial cost of the additional transcript.

Commentary 1995 Adoption.

Previously, this rule was contained in Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.491. The new rule is substantially the same as previous rule 1.491, with the following additions.

It is intended that any administrative order issued by the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court under rule 1.491(a) shall remain in full force and effect as though such order was rendered under this rule until changed by order of that same court.

Subdivision (e) now makes clear that contested paternity cases are not to be heard by support enforcement hearing officers.

Subdivision (h) has been added to provide requirements for a record.

The following notes and commentary have been carried forward from rule 1.491.

1988 Adoption. Title: The terminology "hearing officer" is used rather than "master" to avoid confusion or conflict with rule 1.490.

Subdivision (a): The rule is intended as a fall back mechanism to be used by the chief justice as the need may arise.

Subdivision (b): The expedited process provisions of the applicable federal regulations apply only to matters which fall within the purview of Title IV-D. The committee recognizes, however, that the use of hearing officers could provide a useful case flow management tool in non-Title IV-D support proceedings.

It is contemplated that a circuit could make application to the chief justice for expansion of the scope of the rule upon a showing of necessity and good cause. It is the position of the representative of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar that reference of non-Title IV-D proceedings should require the consent of the parties as is required by rule 1.490(c).

Subdivision (c): It is the position of the committee that hearing officers should be members of the Bar in that jurisdictional and other legal issues are likely to arise in proceedings of this nature. The waiver provision is directed to small counties in which it may be difficult or impossible to find a lawyer willing to serve and to such other special circumstances as may be determined by the chief justice.

Subdivision (d): This paragraph recognizes that the mechanics of reference and operation of a program are best determined at the local level.

Subdivision (e): This paragraph is intended to empower the hearing officer to fully carry out his or her responsibilities without becoming overly complicated. The authority to enter defaults which is referred to in the federal regulations is omitted, the committee feeling that the subject matter is fully and adequately covered by rule 1.500.

The authority to accept voluntary acknowledgments of paternity is included at the request of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. Findings of fact are included in the recommended order to provide the judge to whom the order is referred basic information relating to the subject matter.

Subdivision (f): Expedited process is intended to eliminate or minimize delays which are perceived to exist in the normal processing of cases. This paragraph is intended to require the prompt entry of an order and to guarantee due process to the obligee.

General Note: This proposed rule, in substantially the same form, was circulated to each of the chief judges for comment. Five responses were received. Two responding endorsed the procedure, and 3 responding felt that any rule of this kind would be inappropriate. The committee did not address the question of funding, which included not only salaries of hearing officers and support personnel, but also capital outlay for furniture, fixtures, equipment and space, and normal operating costs. The committee recognizes that the operational costs of such programs may be substantial and recommends that this matter be addressed by an appropriate body.

RULE 12.610. INJUNCTIONS FOR DOMESTIC AND REPEAT VIOLENCE

(a) Application. This rule shall apply only to temporary and permanent injunctions for protection against domestic violence and temporary and permanent injunctions for protection against repeat violence. All other injunctive relief sought in cases to which the Family Law Rules apply shall be governed by Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.610.

(b) Petitions.

(1) Requirements for Use.

(A) Domestic Violence. Any person may file a petition for an injunction for protection against domestic violence if they certify under oath that

(i) the party filing the injunction and the party against whom the injunction is sought are spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, or persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time;

(ii) the party filing the petition was the victim of, or has reasonable cause to believe he or she may become is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of an assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment,_or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death perpetrated by the party against whom the injunction is sought; and

(iii) the specific facts and circumstances upon the basis of which relief is sought are true.

(B) Repeat Violence. Any person may file a petition for an injunction for protection against repeat violence if they certify under oath that

(i) two incidents of violence, defined as any assault, battery, sexual battery or stalking, one of which must have occurred within 6 months of the filing of the petition, have been committed by the person against whom the injunction is sought against the petitioner or the petitioner's immediate family member; and

(ii) the specific facts and circumstances upon the basis of which relief is sought are true.

(2) Service of Petitions.

(A) Domestic Violence. Personal service by a law enforcement agency is required. The clerk of the court shall furnish a copy of the petition for an injunction for protection against domestic violence, financial affidavit (if support is sought), Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act affidavit (if custody is sought), temporary injunction (if one has been entered), and notice of hearing to the appropriate sheriff or law enforcement agency of the county where the respondent resides or can be found for expeditious service of process.

(B) Repeat Violence. Personal service by a law enforcement agency is required. The clerk of the court shall furnish a copy of the petition for an injunction for protection against repeat violence, temporary injunction (if one has been entered), and notice of hearing to the appropriate sheriff or law enforcement agency of the county where the respondent resides or can be found for expeditious service of process.

(C) Additional Documents. Service of pleadings in cases of domestic or repeat violence other than the petition and orders granting injunctions shall be governed by rules 12.070 and 12.080.

(3) Consideration by Court. Upon the filing of a petition, the court shall set a hearing to be held at the earliest possible time. A denial of a petition for an ex parte injunction shall be by written order noting the legal grounds for denial. When the only ground for denial is no appearance of an immediate and present danger of domestic violence, the court shall set a full hearing on the petition for injunction with notice at the earliest possible time. Nothing herein affects a petitioner's right to promptly amend any petition, or otherwise be heard in person on any petition consistent with these rules.

(4) Forms.

(A) Provision of Forms. The clerk of the court or family or domestic/repeat violence intake personnel shall provide simplified forms, including instructions for completion, for any person whose circumstances meet the requirements of this rule and shall assist the petitioner in obtaining an injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence as provided by law.

(B) Confidential Filing of Address. A petitioner's address may be furnished to the court in a confidential filing separate from a petition or other form if, for safety reasons, a petitioner believes that the address should be concealed. The ultimate determination of a need for confidentiality must be made by the court as provided in Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.051.

(c) Orders of Injunction.

(1) Consideration by Court.

(A) Temporary Injunction. For the injunction for protection to be issued ex parte, it must appear to the court that an immediate and present danger of domestic or repeat violence exists. In an ex parte hearing for the purpose of obtaining an ex parte temporary injunction, the court may limit the evidence to the verified pleadings or affidavits or may receive additional testimony under oath if necessary for a determination of whether an immediate and present danger of domestic or repeat violence exists. If the respondent appears at the hearing or has received reasonable notice of the hearing, the court may hold a hearing on the petition.

(B) Permanent Injunction. A full evidentiary hearing shall be conducted.

(2) Issuing of Injunction. (A) Standardized Forms. The temporary and permanent injunction forms in these rules for repeat and domestic violence injunctions shall be the forms used in the issuance of injunctions under chapters 741 and 784, Florida Statutes. Additional provisions, not inconsistent with the standardized portions of those forms, may be added to the special provisions section of the temporary and permanent injunction forms on the written approval of the chief judge of the circuit. Copies of such additional provisions shall be sent to the Chief Justice, the chair of the Family Law Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, the chair of the Family Courts Steering Committee, and the chair of The Governor's Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence. (B) Bond. _No bond shall be required by the court for the entry of an injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence. The clerk of the court shall provide the parties with sufficient certified copies of the order of injunction for service.

(3) Service of Injunctions.

(A) Temporary Injunction. A temporary injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence must be personally served. When the respondent has been served previously with the temporary injunction and has failed to appear at the initial hearing on the temporary injunction, any subsequent pleadings seeking an extension of time may be served on the respondent by the clerk of the court by certified mail in lieu of personal service by a law enforcement officer. If the temporary injunction was issued after a hearing because the respondent was present at the hearing or had reasonable notice of the hearing, the injunction may be served in the manner provided for a permanent injunction.

(B) Permanent Injunction.

(i) Party Present at Hearing. The parties may acknowledge receipt of the permanent injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence in writing on the face of the original order. If a party is present at the hearing and that party fails or refuses to acknowledge the receipt of a certified copy of the injunction, the clerk shall cause the order to be served by mailing certified copies of the injunction to the parties who were present at hearing at the last known address of each party. Service by mail is complete upon mailing. When an order is served pursuant to this subdivision, the clerk shall prepare a written certification to be placed in the court file specifying the time, date, and method of service and within 24 hours shall forward a copy of the injunction and the clerk's affidavit of service to the sheriff with jurisdiction over the residence of the petitioner. This procedure applies to service of orders to modify or vacate injunctions for protection against domestic or repeat violence.

(ii) Party not Present at Hearing. Within 24 hours after the court issues, continues, modifies, or vacates an injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence, the clerk shall forward a copy of the injunction to the sheriff with jurisdiction over the residence of the petitioner for service.

(4) Duration.

(A) Temporary Injunction. Any temporary injunction shall be effective for a fixed period not to exceed 15 days. A full hearing shall be set for a date no later than the date when the temporary injunction ceases to be effective. The court may grant a continuance of the temporary injunction and of the full hearing for good cause shown by any party, or upon its own motion for good cause, including failure to obtain service.

(B) Permanent Injunction. Any relief granted by an injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence shall be granted for a fixed period not to exceed 1 year or until further order of court. Such relief may be granted in addition to other civil and criminal remedies. Upon petition of the victim, the court may extend the injunction for successive fixed periods not to exceed 1 year or until further order of court. Broad discretion resides with the court to grant an extension after considering the circumstances. No specific allegations are required.

(5) Enforcement. The court may enforce violations of an injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence in civil contempt proceedings, which are governed by rule 12.570, or in criminal contempt proceedings, which are governed by Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.840, or, if the violation meets the statutory criteria, it may be prosecuted as a crime under Florida Statutes.

(6) Motion to Modify or Vacate Injunction. The petitioner or respondent may make a motion to the court to modify or vacate an injunction at any time. Motions to modify or vacate an injunction shall be governed by the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.

(7) Forms. The clerk of the court or family or domestic/repeat violence intake personnel shall provide simplified forms including instructions for completion, for the persons whose circumstances meet the requirements of this rule and shall assist in the preparation of the affidavit in support of the violation of an order of injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence.

Commentary 1995 Adoption.

A cause of action for an injunction for protection against domestic violence and repeat violence has been created by section 741.30, Florida Statutes (Supp. 1994) (modified by chapter 95-195, Laws of Florida), and section 784.046, Florida Statutes (Supp. 1994), respectively. This rule implements those provisions and is intended to be consistent with the procedures set out in those provisions except as indicated in this commentary. To the extent a domestic or repeat violence matter becomes criminal or is to be enforced by direct or indirect criminal contempt, the appropriate Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure will apply.

The facts and circumstances to be alleged under subdivision 12.610(b)(1)(A) include those set forth in Florida Family Law Form 12.980(b). An injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence may be sought whether or not any other cause of action is currently pending between the parties. However, the pendency of any such cause of action must be alleged in the petition. The relief the court may grant in a temporary or permanent injunction against domestic violence is set forth in section 741.30(6).

The facts and circumstances to be alleged under subdivision (b)(1)(B) include those set forth in Florida Family Law Form 12.980(d). The relief the court may grant in a temporary or permanent injunction against repeat violence is set forth in section 784.046(7), Florida Statutes.

Subdivision (b)(4) expands sections 741.30(2)(c)1 and (2)(c)2, Florida Statutes, to provide that the responsibility to assist the petitioner may be assigned not only to the clerk of court but also to the appropriate intake unit of the court. Family Law Form 12.980(b) provides the form for a petition for injunction against domestic violence. If the custody of a child is at issue, a Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act affidavit must be provided and completed in conformity with Family Law Form 12.901(f). If alimony or child support is sought a Financial Affidavit must be provided and completed in conformity with Family Law Form 12.901(d) or 12.901(e).

Subdivision (c)(1)(A) expands chapter 95-195, Laws of Florida, and section 784.046(6)(a), Florida Statutes, to make the limitation of evidence presented at an ex parte hearing permissive rather than mandatory given the due process concerns raised by the statutory restrictions on the taking of evidence.

Unlike traditional injunctions, under subdivision (c)(2), no bond will be required for the issuance of injunctions for protection against domestic or repeat violence. This provision is consistent with the statutes except that, unlike the statutes, it does not set a precise number of copies to be provided for service.

Subdivision (c)(3)(A) makes the procedure for service of a temporary order of injunction for protection against domestic violence and repeat violence consistent. This is intended to replace the differing requirements contained in sections 741.30(7)(b)3 and (7)(c)1 and 784.046(8)(a)1, Florida Statutes.

Subdivision (c)(3)(B) makes the procedure for service of a permanent order of injunction for protection against domestic violence and repeat violence consistent. This is intended to replace the differing requirements contained in sections 741.30(7)(a)3 and (7)(c)1 and 784.046(8)(c)1, Florida Statutes, and to specifically clarify that service of the permanent injunction by mail is only effective upon a party who is present at the hearing which resulted in the issuance of the injunction.

Subdivision (c)(4)(A) restates sections 741.30(5)(c) and 784.046(6)(c), Florida Statutes, with some expansion. This subdivision allows the court upon its own motion to extend the protection of the temporary injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence for good cause shown, which shall include, but not be limited to, failure to obtain service. This subdivision also makes the procedures in cases of domestic and repeat violence identical, resolving the inconsistencies in the statutes.

Subdivision (c)(4)(B) makes the procedures in cases of domestic and repeat violence identical, resolving inconsistencies in the statutes. As stated in section 741.30(1)(c), Florida Statutes, in the event a subsequent cause of action is filed under chapter 61, Florida Statutes, any orders entered therein shall take precedence over any inconsistent provisions of an injunction for protection against domestic violence which addresses matters governed by chapter 61, Florida Statutes.

Subdivision (c)(5) implements a number of statutes governing enforcement of injunctions against domestic or repeat violence. It is intended by these rules that procedures in cases of domestic and repeat violence be identical to resolve inconsistencies in the statutes. As such, the procedures set out in section 741.31(1), Florida Statutes, are to be followed for violations of injunctions for protection of both domestic and

repeat violence. Pursuant to that statute, the petitioner may contact the clerk of the court of the circuit court of the county in which the violation is alleged to have occurred to obtain information regarding enforcement.

Subdivision (c)(7) expands sections 741.30(2)(c)1 and (2)(c)2, Florida Statutes, to provide that the responsibility to assist a petitioner may not only be assigned to the clerk of court but also to the appropriate intake unit of the court. This subdivision makes the procedures in cases of domestic and cases of repeat violence identical to resolve inconsistencies in the statutes.

Committee Note 1997 Amendment . This change mandates use of the injunction forms provided with these rules to give law enforcement a standardized form to assist in enforcement of injunctions. In order to address local concerns, circuits may add special provisions not inconsistent with the mandatory portions.

[ Committee Note ]

[ 1997 Amendment. ] [change mandates use of the injunction forms provided with these rules to givelaw enforcement a standardized form to assist in enforcement of injunctions. In order to address local concerns, circuits may add special provisions not inconsistent with the mandatory portions.]

[APPENDIX B] SECTION II FAMILY LAW FORMS, COMMENTARY, [ AND ] INSTRUCTIONS, [ AND APPENDICES ] [INTRODUCTION] [ GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PRO SE LITIGANTS ] [On the page before each form you will find ex of how that form is used in the court case, help in filling out the form, and a list of other forms you may need to fill out. The instructions for each form also say if there are any laws or court rules that could help you understand the form and its use in your case. The instructions are not the only place that you can get information about how a court case works or how that form is used and you may want to look at other law books for more help. The Florida Statutes, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, and other legal information books may be found in a law library at your county courthouse or a law school in your area.]

[There are five (5) appendices at the end of the forms. You should read the appendices that deal with the type of court case that you are a party to. There are also instructions with each form to help you fill out that form. Read each form carefully, it may tell you that there are other forms that need to be filled out and filed with the court. If you find out there is something you need to do in your case and you do not find the right form here, check the forms at the end of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure and you may find the form you need there.]

[Appendix 1 Simplified Dissolution of Marriage]

[Appendix 2-Regular Dissolution of Marriage]fn

[Appendix 3-Child Support]fn

[Appendix 4-Injunction for Protection]fn

[Appendix 5-Stepparent Adoption]fn

[ You should read this General Information thoroughly before taking any other steps to file your case or represent yourself in court. ]fn [Most of this information is]fn [ not ]fn [repeated in the attached forms. This information should provide you with an overview of the court system, its participants, and its processes. It should be useful whether you want to represent yourself in a pending matter or have a better understanding of the way family court works.]fn [ This is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from an attorney. Each case has its own particular set of circumstances, and an attorney may advise you of what is best for you in your individual situation. ]fn

[These instructions are not the only place that you can get information about how a family case works. You may want to look at other books for more help. The Florida Statutes, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, and other legal information or books may be found at the public library or in a law library at your county courthouse or a law school in your area. If you are filing a petition for]fn [ Name Change ]fn [and/or]fn [ Adoption, ]fn [these instructions may not apply.]fn

[If the word(s) is printed in]fn [ bold, ]fn [this means that the word is being emphasized. Throughout these instructions, you will also find words printed in]fn [ bold ]fn [and]fn [ underlined. ]fn [This means that the definitions of these words may be found in the glossary of common family law terms at the end of this Federal information section.]fn

Commentary

1995 Adoption. To help the many people in family law court cases who do not have attorneys to represent them (pro se litigants), the Florida Supreme Court added these simplified forms and directions to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure. The directions refer to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure or the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. Many of the forms were adapted from the forms accompanying the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. Practitioners should refer to the committee notes for those forms for rule history.

The forms were adopted by the Court pursuant to [Family Law Rules of Procedure, No. 84,337 (Fla. June 15, 1995)]fn [ Family Law Rules of Procedure, 667 So.2d 202 (Fla. 1995); ]fn In re Petition for Approval of Forms Pursuant to Rule 10-1.1 (b) of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar — Stepparent Adoption Forms, 613 So.2d 900 (Fla. 1992); Rules Regulating the Florida Bar — Approval of Forms, 581 So.2d 902 (Fla. 1991).

Although the forms are part of these rules, they are not all inclusive and additional forms, as necessary, should be taken from the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure as provided in Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure. Also, the following notice has been included to strongly encourage individuals to seek the advice, when needed, of an attorney who is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar.

[ 1997 Amendment. ]fn [In 1997, the Florida Family Law Forms were completely revised to simplify and correct the forms. Additionally, the appendices were eliminated, the instructions contained in the appendices were incorporated into the forms, and the introduction following the Notice to Parties was created. Minor changes were also made to the Notice to Parties set forth below.]fn

NOTICE TO PARTIES WHO ARE NOT REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY WHO IS A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING OF THE FLORIDA BAR

If you have questions or concerns about these forms, [ instructions, ]fn commentary, [ instructions, and appendices, ]fn the use of the forms, or your legal rights, it is strongly recommended that you talk to an attorney. If you do not know an attorney, you should call the lawyer referral service listed in the yellow pages of the telephone book [ under "Attorney." ]fn If you do not have the money to hire an attorney, you should call the legal aid office in your area.

Because the law does change, the forms and information about them may have become outdated. You should be aware that changes may have [ happened ]fn [ taken place ]fn in the law or court rules that would affect the accuracy of the forms, [ commentary, ]fn [ or ]fn instructions [ or appendices. ]fn

In no event will the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar, or anyone contributing to the production of these forms[ , commentary, ]fn [ or ]fn instructions[, and appendices] be liable for any direct, indirect, or consequential damages resulting from their use.

[Note. From this point to the end of the forms all text has been completely changed and has been replaced with the following language and forms. Additional, appendices have been deleted and the instructions contained therein have been incorporated into the instructions accompanying each form. Underlining of additions and strike-throughs of deletions have not been used to avoid confusion.]

FAMILY LAW PROCEDURES

Communication with the court . . . [ Ex parte ]fn communication is communication with the judge with only one party present. Judges are not allowed to engage in ex parte communication except in very limited circumstances, so, absent specific authorization to the contrary, you should not try to speak with or write to the judge in your case unless the other [ party ]fn is present or has been properly notified. If you have something you need to tell the judge, you must ask for a [ hearing ]fn and give notice to the other party or file a written statement in the court file and send a copy of the written statement to the other party.

Filing a case . . . A case begins with the filing of a [ petition. ]fn A petition is a written request to the court for some type of legal action. The person who originally asks for legal action is called the [ petitioner ]fn and remains the petitioner throughout the case.

A petition is given to the [ clerk of the circuit court, ]fn whose office is usually located in the county courthouse or a branch of the county courthouse. A case number is assigned and an official court file is opened. Delivering the petition to the clerk's office is called [ filing ]fn a case. A [ filing fee ]fn is usually required.

Once a case has been filed, a copy must be given to (served on) the respondent. The person against whom the original legal action is being requested is called the [ respondent, ]fn because he or she is expected to respond to the petition. The respondent remains the respondent throughout the case.

[ Service . . . ]fn When one party files a [ petition, motion, ]fn or other [ pleading, ]fn the other party must be "served" with a copy of the document. This means that the other party is given proper notice of the pending action(s) and any scheduled hearings. [ Personal service ]fn of the petition and summons on the respondent by a deputy sheriff or private process server is required in all [ original petitions ]fn and [ supplemental petitions, ]fn unless [ constructive service ]fn is permitted by law. Personal service may also be required in other actions by some judges. After initial service of the original or supplemental petition and summons by a deputy sheriff or private process server, service of most motions and other documents or papers filed in the case generally may be made by regular U.S. mail or hand delivery. However, service by [ certified mail ]fn is required at other times so you have proof that the other party actually received the papers. The instructions with each form will advise you of the type of [ service ]fn required for that form. If the other party is represented by an attorney, you should serve the attorney and send a copy to the other party, except for original or supplemental petitions, which must be personally served on the respondent.

Other than the initial original or supplemental petitions, anytime you file additional pleadings or motions in your case, you must provide a copy to the other party and include a [ certificate of service. ]fn Likewise, the other party must provide you with copies of everything that he or she files. Service of additional documents is usually completed by U.S. mail. For more information, see the instructions for Certificate of Service (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.914.

Forms for service of process are included in the Florida Family Law Forms, along with more detailed instructions and information regarding service. The instructions to those forms should be read carefully to ensure that you have the other party properly served. If proper service is not obtained, the court cannot hear your case.

Note: If you absolutely do not know where the other party to your case lives or if the other party resides in another state, you may be able to use [ constructive service. ]fn However, if constructive service is used, other than granting a divorce, the court may only grant limited relief. For more information on constructive service, see Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), and Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b). Additionally, if the other party is in the military service of the United States, additional steps for service may be required. See, for example, Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.912 (a). In sum, the law regarding constructive service and service on an individual in the military service is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding these issues.

[ Default ]fn . . . After being served with a petition or [ counterpetition, ]fn the other party has 20 days to file a response. If a response to a petition is not filed, the petitioner may file a Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(a), with the clerk. This means that you may proceed with your case and set a [ final hearing, ]fn and a [ judge ]fn will make a decision, even if the other party will not cooperate. For more information, see rule 12.080(c), Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

[ Answer ]fn and counterpetition . . . After being served, the respondent has 20 days to file an answer admitting or denying each of the allegations contained in the petition. In addition to an answer, the respondent may also file a counterpetition. In a counterpetition, the respondent may request the same or some other relief or action not requested by the petitioner. If the respondent files a counterpetition, the petitioner should then file an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902(d), and either admit or deny the allegations in the respondent's counterpetition.

[ Mandatory disclosure ]fn . . . Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires each party in a [ dissolution of marriage ]fn to exchange certain information and documents, and file a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e). Failure to make this required disclosure within the time required by the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure may allow the court to dismiss the case or to refuse to consider the pleadings of the party failing to comply. This requirement also must be met in other family law cases, except adoptions, simplified dissolutions of marriage, enforcement proceedings, contempt proceedings, and proceedings for injunctions for domestic or repeat violence. The Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932, lists the documents that must be given to the other party. For more information see rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, and the instructions to the Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, N Florida Family Law Form 12;932.

Setting a [ hearing ]fn or [ trial ]fn . . . Generally, the court will have hearings on motions, final hearings on [ uncontested ]fn or [ default ]fn cases, and trials on contested cases. Before setting your case for [ final hearing ]fn or trial, certain requirements such as completing mandatory disclosure and filing certain papers and having them served on the other party must be met. These requirements vary depending on the type of case and the procedures in your particular jurisdiction. For further information, you should refer to the instructions for the type of form you are filing.

Next, you must obtain a hearing or trial date so that the court may consider your request. You should ask the clerk of court, or [ family law intake staff ]fn about the local procedure for setting a hearing or trial, which you should attend. These family law forms contain [ orders ]fn and [ final judgments, ]fn which the judge may use. You should ask the clerk of court or family law intake staff if you need to bring one of these forms with you to the hearing or trial. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Below are explanations of symbols or parts of different family law forms . . .

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Throughout these forms, you will find hints such as those above. These tell you what to put in the blank(s).

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These show how many choices you should check. Sometimes you may check only one, while other times you may check several choices. ( ) This also shows an area where you must make a choice. Check the ( ) in front of the choice that applies to you or your case.

Florida Family Law Form

The symbol above tells you about another family law form you may need.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ___________(1)__________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ___________(2)________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ________(3)________

Division: ________(4)________

__________(5)______________, Petitioner,

and

__________(6)______________, Respondent.

Line 1 The clerk of court can tell you the number of you judicial circuit. Type or print it here.

Line 2 Type or print your county name on line (2).

Line 3 If you are filing an initial petition or pleading, the Clerk of the Court will assign a case number after the case is filed. You should type or print this case number on all papers you file in this case.

Line 4 The clerk of the court can tell you the name of the division in which your case is being filed, and you should type or print it here. Divisions vary from court to court. For example, your case may be filed in the civil division, the family division, or the juvenile division.

Line 5 Type or print the legal name of the person who originally filed the case on line 5. This person is the petitioner because he/she is the one who filed the original petition.

Line 6 Type or print the other party's legal name on line 6. The other party is the respondent because he/she is responding to the petition.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ___________(1)____________ ______________(2)____________ Signature of Petitioner

Printed Name: _____(3)________ Address: __________(4)________ City, State, Zip: _(5)________ Telephone Number: (6)_________ Fax Number: _______(7)________

Some forms require that your signature be witnessed. You must sign the form in the presence of a [ notary public ]fn or deputy clerk (employee of the clerk of the court's office). When signing the form, you must have a valid photo identification unless the notary knows you personally. You should completely fill in all lines (1 3-7) except 2 with the requested information, if applicable. Line 2, the signature line, must be signed in the presence of the notary.

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF __________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _________ by _________.

__________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification. Type of identification produced ________________

DO NOT SIGN OR FILL IN THIS PART OF ANY FORM. This section of the form is to be completed by the notary public who is witnessing you signature.

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} _______(1)_______, a nonlawyer, located at street} _______(2)_______, City} _______(3)______, state} _____(4)_____, phone} _____(5)_______, helped name} _____(6)_____, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

This section should be completed by anyone who helps you fill out these not an attorney who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar that he or she is not licensed to practice law in Florida.

Line 1 The [ nonlawyer ]fn who helps you should type or print his or her name on line 1.

Line 2-5 The nonlawyer's address and telephone number should be typed or printed on line 2-5.

Line 6 Your name should be typed or printed on line 6.

In addition, a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, should be completed if a nonlawyer assists you. The disclosure is available as a family law form and should be completed before the nonlawyer helps you. This is to be sure that you understand the role and limitations of a nonlawyer. You and the nonlawyer should keep a copy of this disclosure for your records.

FAMILY LAW GLOSSARY OF COMMON TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

Note: The following definitions are intended to be helpful, BUT they are not intended to constitute legal advice or address every possible meaning of the term(s) contained in this glossary.

Affidavit — a written statement in which the facts stated are sworn or affirmed to be true.

Answer — written response by a respondent that states whether he or she admits (agrees with) or denies (disagrees with) the allegations in the petition. Any allegations not specifically denied are considered to be admitted.

Appeal — asking a district court of appeal to review the decision in your case. There are strict procedural and time requirements for filing an appeal.

Asset — everything owned by you or your spouse, including property, cars, furniture, bank accounts, jewelry, life insurance policies, businesses, or retirement plans. An asset may be marital or nonmarital, but that distinction is for the court to determine if you and your spouse do not agree.

Attorney — a person with special education and training in the field of law who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and licensed to practice law in Florida. An attorney is the only person who is allowed to give you legal advice. An attorney may file your case and represent you in court, or just advise you of your rights before you file your own case. In addition to advising you of your rights, an attorney may tell you what to expect and help prepare you for court. In family law matters, you are not entitled to a court-appointed lawyer, like a public defender in a criminal case. However, legal assistance is often available for those who are unable to hire a private attorney. You may consult the yellow pages of the telephone directory for a listing of legal aid or lawyer referral services in your area, or ask your local clerk of court or family law intake staff what services are available in your area. You may also obtain information from the Florida Supreme Court's Internet cite located at http://www.flcourts.org/courts/supct.

Bond — money paid to the clerk of court by one party in a case, to be held and paid to an enjoined party in the event that the first party causes loss or damage of property as a result of wrongfully enjoining the other party.

Central Governmental Depository — the office of the clerk of court that is responsible for collecting and disbursing court-ordered alimony and child support payments. The depository also keeps payment records and files judgments if support is not paid.

Certificate of Service — a document that must be filed whenever a form you are using does not contain a statement for you to fill in showing to whom you are sending copies of the form. Florida Family Law Form 12.914 is the certificate of service form and contains additional instructions.

Certified Copy — a copy of an order or final judgment, certified by the clerk of the circuit court to be an authentic copy.

Certified Mail — mail which requires the receiving party to sign as proof that they received it.

Child Support — money paid from one parent to the other for the benefit of their dependent or minor child(ren).

Clerk of the Circuit Court — elected official in whose office papers are filed, a case number is assigned, and case files are maintained. The clerk's office usually is located in the county courthouse.

Constructive Service — notification of the other party by newspaper publication or posting of notice at designated places when the other party cannot be located for personal service. You may also be able to use constructive service when the other party lives in another state. Constructive service is also called "service by publication." However, when constructive service is used, the relief the Court may grant is limited. For more information on service, see the instructions for Florida Family Law Forms 12.910 (a) and 12.913 (a) and (b).

Contested Issues — any or all issues upon which the parties are unable to agree and which must be resolved by the judge at a hearing or trial.

Contingent Asset — an asset that you may receive or get later, such as income, tax refund, accrued vacation or sick leave, a bonus, or an inheritance.

Contingent Liability — a liability that you may owe later, such as payments for lawsuits, unpaid taxes, or debts that you have agreed or guaranteed to pay if someone else does not.

Counterpetition — a written request to the court for legal action, which is filed by a respondent after being served with a petition.

Default — a failure of a party to respond to the pleading of another party. This failure to respond may allow the court to decide the case without input from the party who did not appear or respond.

Delinquent — late.

Dependent Child(ren) — child(ren) who depend on their parent(s) for support either because they are under the age of 18, they have a mental or physical disability that prevents them from supporting themselves, or they are in high school while between the ages of 18 and 19 and are performing in good faith with reasonable expectation of graduation before the age of 19.

Deputy Clerk — an employee of the office of the clerk of court, which is usually located in the county courthouse or a branch of the county courthouse.

Dissolution of Marriage — divorce; a court action to end a marriage.

Enjoined — prohibited by the court from doing a specific act.

Ex Parte — communication with the judge by only one party. In order for a judge to speak with either party, the other party must have been properly notified and have an opportunity to be heard. If you have something you wish to tell the judge, you should ask for a hearing or file information in the clerk of court's office, with certification that a copy was sent to the other party.

Family Law Intake Staff — a court's employee(s) who is (are) available to assist you in filing a family law case. Family law intake staff are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice. They may only assist you with filling out the form(s). Your local clerk's office can tell you if your county has such assistance available.

Filing — delivering a petition, response, motion, or other pleading in a court case to the clerk of court's office.

Filing Fee — an amount of money, set by law, that the petitioner must pay when filing a case. If you cannot afford to pay the fee, you must file an Affidavit of Indigency, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (c), to ask the clerk to file your case without payment of the fee.

Final Hearing — trial in your case.

Financial Affidavit — a sworn statement that contains information regarding your income, expenses, assets, and liabilities.

Final Judgment — a written document signed by a judge and recorded in the clerk of the circuit court's office that contains the judge's decision in your case.

Guardian ad Litem — a neutral person who may be appointed by the court to evaluate or investigate your child's situation, and file a report with the court about what is in the best interests of your child(ren). Guardians do not "work for" either party. The guardian may interview the parties, visit their homes, visit the child(ren)'s school(s) and speak with teachers, or use other resources to make their recommendation.

Hearing — a legal proceeding before a judge or designated officer (general master or hearing officer) on a motion.

Judge — an elected official who is responsible for deciding matters on which you and the other parties in your case are unable to agree. A judge is a neutral person who is responsible for ensuring that your case is resolved in a manner which is fair, equitable, and legal. A judge is prohibited by law from giving you or the other party any legal advice, recommendations, or other assistance, and may not talk to either party unless both parties are present, represented, or at a properly scheduled hearing.

Judicial Assistant — the judge's personal staff assistant.

Liabilities — everything owed by you or your spouse, including mortgages, credit cards, or car loans. A liability may be marital or nonmarital, but that distinction is for the court to determine if you and your spouse do not agree.

Lump Sum Alimony — money ordered to be paid by one spouse to another in a limited number of payments, often a single payment.

Mandatory Disclosure — items that must be disclosed by both parties except those exempted from disclosure by Florida Family Law Rule 12.285.

Marital Asset — generally, anything that you and/or your spouse acquired or received (by gift or purchase) during the marriage. For example, something you owned before your marriage may be nonmarital. An asset may only be determined to be marital by agreement of the parties or determination of the judge.

Marital Liability — generally, any debt that you and/or your spouse incurred during the marriage. A debt may only be determined to be nonmarital by agreement of the parties or determination of the judge.

Mediator — a person who is trained and certified to assist parties in reaching an agreement before going to court. Mediators do not take either party's side and are not allowed to give legal advice. They are only responsible for helping the parties reach an agreement and putting that agreement into writing. In some areas, mediation of certain family law cases may be required before going to court.

Modification — a change made by the court in an order or final judgment.

Motion — a request made to the court, other than a petition.

No Contact — a court order directing a party not speak to, call, send mail to, visit, or go near his or her spouse, ex-spouse, child(ren) or other family member.

Nonlawyer — a person who is not a member in good standing of the Florida Bar.

Nonmarital Asset — generally, anything owned separately by you or your spouse. An asset may only be determined to be nonmarital by either agreement of the parties or determination of the judge.

Nonmarital Liability — generally, any debt that you or your spouse incurred before your marriage or since your separation. A debt may only be determined to be nonmarital by either agreement of the parties or determination of the judge.

Nonparty — a person who is not the petitioner or respondent in a court case.

Notary Public — a person authorized to witness signatures on court related forms.

Obligee — a person to whom money, such as child support or alimony, is owed.

Obligor — a person who is ordered by the court to pay money, such as child support or alimony.

Order — a written decision signed by a judge and filed in the clerk of the circuit court's office, that contains the judge's decision on part of your case, usually on a motion.

Original Petition — see [ Petition ]fn

Parenting Course — a class that teaches parents how to help their child(ren) cope with divorce and other family issues.

Party — a person involved in a court case, either as a petitioner or respondent.

Paternity Action — A lawsuit used to determine whether a designated individual is the father of a specific child or children.

Payor — an employer or other person who provides income to an obligor.

Permanent Alimony — spousal support ordered to be paid at a specified, periodic rate until modified by a court order, the death of either party, or the remarriage of the Obligee, whichever occurs first.

Personal Service — when a summons and a copy of a petition (or other pleading) that has been filed with the court are delivered by a deputy sheriff or private process server to the other party. Personal service is required for all petitions and supplemental petitions.

Petition — a written request to the court for legal action, which begins a court case.

Petitioner — the person who files a petition that begins a court case.

Pleading — a formal written statement of exactly what a party wants the court to do in a lawsuit or court action.

Primary Residence — the home in which the child(ren) spends most of his/her (their) time.

Pro Se Litigant — a person who appears in court without the assistance of a lawyer.

Pro Se Coordinator — see [ Family Law Intake Staff. ]fn

Reasonable Visitation — visitation between the nonresidential parent and child(ren) that provides frequent and unhampered contact with the child(ren). Such visitation is designed to encourage a close and continuing relationship with due regard for educational commitments of child(ren), any health or social factors of the child(ren), business and personal commitments of both parents, and home arrangements of both parents.

Rehabilitative Alimony — spousal support ordered to be paid for a limited period of time to allow one of the parties an opportunity to complete a plan of education or training, according to a rehabilitative plan accepted by the court, so that he or she may better support himself or herself.

Respondent — the person who is served with a petition requesting some legal action against him or her.

Rotating Custody — physical custody of child(ren) after divorce, which is alternated between the mother and father at specified periods of time, as determined by the court. Rotating custody allows each parent equal time with the child(ren).

Scientific Paternity Testing — a medical test to determine who is the father of a child.

Secondary Residential Responsibility (Visitation) — the time that the parent with whom the child(ren) does (do) not have primary residence spends with the child(ren).

Service — the delivery of legal documents to a party. This must be accomplished as directed by Florida Family Law Rule 12.070 and 12.080.

Shared Parental Responsibility — an arrangement under which both parents have full parental rights and responsibilities for their child(ren), and the parents make major decisions affecting the welfare of the child(ren) jointly. Shared Parental Responsibility is presumptive in Florida.

Sole Parental Responsibility — a parenting arrangement under which the responsibility for the minor child(ren) is given to one parent by the court, with or without rights of visitation to the other parent.

Specified Visitation — a parenting arrangement under which a specific schedule is established for the visitation and exchange of the child(ren).

Spouse — a husband or wife.

Supervised Visitation — a parenting arrangement under which visitation between a parent and his or her child(ren) is supervised by either a friend, family member, or a supervised visitation center.

Supplemental Petition — a petition that may be filed by either party after the judge has made a decision in a case and a final judgment or order has been entered. For example, a supplemental petition may be used to request that the court modify the previously entered final judgment or order.

Trial — the final hearing in a contested case.

Uncontested — any and all issues on which the parties are able to agree and which are part of a marital settlement agreement.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.900, DISCLOSURE FROM NONLAWYER

When should this form be used?

This form must be used when anyone who is not a lawyer in good standing with The Florida Bar helps you complete any Florida Family Law Form. Attorneys who are licensed to practice in other states but not Florida, or who have been disbarred or suspended from the practice of law in Florida, are nonlawyers for the purposes of the Florida Family Law Forms and instructions.

The nonlawyer must complete this form and both of you are to sign it.

In addition, on any other form with which a nonlawyer helps you, the nonlawyer shall complete the nonlawyer section located at the bottom of the form unless otherwise specified in the instructions to the form. This is to protect you and be sure that you are informed in advance of the nonlawyer's limitations.

What should I do next?

After this form has been completed, both you and the nonlawyer should keep a copy for your records.

Special notes . . .

This disclosure form does NOT act as or constitute a waiver, disclaimer, or limitation of liability.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE __________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ___________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _________________________

Division: _________________________

________________________, Petitioner,

and

________________________, Respondent.

DISCLOSURE FROM NONLAWYER

I, full legal name} ______________________ certify that nonlawyer's full legal and trade names} _____________________ explained to me that he or she is not an attorney who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and that he or she CANNOT: 1) give me legal advice; 2) tell me what my legal rights or remedies are; 3) represent me in court; or 4) tell me how to testify in court.

This nonlawyer further explained to me that he or she CAN ONLY: 1) help me fill out forms that have been approved by the Supreme Court of Florida; 2) ask me questions to fill in the form(s); and 3) show or explain to me how to file the form(s).

[ one only]

____ I can read English.

____ I cannot read English, but this disclosure was read to me [ fill in both blanks] by name} ________________ in language} _____________________.

Dated: _____________________

_________________________________ Signature of Party

_________________________________ Signature of NONLAWYER

Printed Name: ___________________

Address: ________________________ _________________________________

Telephone Number: _______________

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901 (a), PETITION FOR SIMPLIFIED DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when a husband and wife are filing for a simplified [ dissolution of marriage. ]fn You and/or your [ spouse ]fn must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months before filing for a dissolution in Florida. You may file a simplified dissolution of marriage in Florida if all of the following are true:

• You and your spouse agree that the marriage cannot be saved.

• You and your spouse have no minor or dependent child(ren) together and the wife is not now pregnant.

• You and your spouse have worked out how the two of you will divide the things that you both own (your [ assets ]fn) and who will pay what part of the money you both owe (your [ liabilities ]fn), and you are both satisfied with this division.

• You are not seeking support ([ alimony ]fn) from your spouse, and vice versa.

• Neither you nor your spouse wish to have any financial information other than that provided in the financial affidavits.

• You are willing to give up your right to [ trial ]fn and [ appeal. ]fn

• You and your spouse are both willing to go into the clerk's office to sign the petition (not necessarily together).

• You and your spouse are both willing to go to the [ final hearing ]fn (at the same time).

If you do not meet the criteria above, you must file a regular [ petition ]fn for dissolution of marriage.

This [ petition ]fn should be typed or printed in black ink. Each of you must sign the petition in the presence of a deputy clerk (in the clerk's office), although you do not have to go into the clerk's office at the same time. You will need to provide picture identification (valid driver's license or official identification card) for the clerk to witness your signatures.

What should I do next?

1. After completing this form, you should [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where you live and keep a copy for your records. In addition to this petition, you must file the forms listed below.

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (Each of you must complete a separate financial affidavit.)

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j). (Each of you must complete a separate notice.)

Marital Settlement Agreement, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(3). (You will complete one agreement together.)

2. You must prove to the court that the husband and/or wife has (have) lived in Florida for more than 6 months before filing the petition for dissolution of marriage. Residence can be proved by:

• a valid Florida driver's license, Florida identification card, or voter registration card issued to one of you at least 6 months prior to filing for dissolution of marriage; or

• the testimony of another person who knows that either you or your spouse has resided in Florida for more than 6 months and is available to testify in court; or

• an [ affidavit. ]fn To prove residence by affidavit, use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(i). This form must be signed by a person who knows that either you or your spouse has lived in Florida for more than 6 months before the date that you filed the petition for dissolution of marriage. This affidavit may be signed in the presence of the clerk of the court or in the presence of a [ notary public, ]fn who must affix his or her seal at the proper place on the affidavit.

3. You must pay the appropriate [ filing fees ]fn to the clerk of the circuit court. If you and your spouse cannot afford to pay the filing fees, you may ask the court to waive the filing fees. If requesting a waiver, you will need to fill out an Affidavit of Indigency, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(c), and file it with your petition for dissolution of marriage.

4. Either you or the clerk of court will need to complete a civil cover sheet found in Form 1.997 of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. The clerk's office can provide this form.

5. You must obtain a date and time for a court appearance from the clerk of court. On that date, you and your spouse must appear together before a judge. You should complete a Final Judgment of Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.990(a), and bring it with you to the hearing. At that time, if all of the papers are in order, the judge may grant a final judgment dissolving your marriage under simplified dissolution of marriage procedures by signing the final judgment which you have provided.

6. If you fail to complete this procedure, the court may dismiss the case to clear its records.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms.

The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes, and Rule 12.105, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ___________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR __________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

______________________________, Husband, and ______________________________, Wife.

PETITION FOR SIMPLIFIED DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

We, full legal name}, ___________________________ Husband, and full legal name}, __________________________, Wife, being sworn, certify that the following information is true: [ fill in all blanks]

1. We are both asking the Court for a dissolution of our marriage.

2. Husband lives in name} _____________ County, state} ____________, and has lived there since date} ____________. Wife lives in name} ___________ County, state} __________, and has lived there since date} ____________.

3. We were married to each other on date} ___________ in the city of city} ___________ in state of state} ____________, or country of country} ______________________.

4. Our marriage is irretrievably broken.

5. Together, we have no minor (under 18) or dependent children and the wife is not pregnant.

6. We have made a marital settlement agreement dividing our assets (what we own) and our liabilities (what we owe). We are satisfied with this agreement. Our marital settlement agreement, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(3), is attached. This agreement was signed freely and voluntarily by each of us and we intend to be bound by it.

7. We have each completed and signed financial affidavits, Florida Family Law Forms 12.901(d) or (e), which are attached to this petition.

8. Completed Notice of Social Security Number forms, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), are filed with this petition.

9. [ one only] ( ) yes ( ) no Wife wants to be known by her former name, which was full legal name} ________________________________.

10. We each certify that we have not been threatened or pressured into signing this petition. We each understand that the result of signing this petition may be a final judgment ending our marriage and allowing no further relief.

11. We each understand that we both must come to the hearing to testify about the things we are asking for in this petition.

12. We understand that we each may have legal rights as a result of our marriage and that by signing this petition we may be giving up those rights.

13. We ask the Court to end our marriage and approve our marital settlement agreement.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ________________ _______________________________ Signature of HUSBAND

Printed Name: _________________ Address: ______________________ City, State, Zip: _____________ Telephone Number: _____________ Fax Number: ___________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _________ by ____________.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT

By: _________________________ Deputy Clerk

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced __________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ___________________ _______________________________ Signature of WIFE

Printed Name: _________________ Address: ______________________ City, State, Zip: _____________ Telephone Number: _____________ Fax Number: ___________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _________ by ______________.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT

By: ______________________ Deputy Clerk

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced _________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks] I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _____________ city} ___________, state} ____________, phone} ______________ name} _____________, [ one only] ( ) Husband ( ) Wife or ( ) both, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(b)(1), PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when a husband or wife is filing for a [ dissolution of marriage ]fn and you and your spouse have dependent or minor child(ren) together or the wife is pregnant. You and/or [ spouse ]fn must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months before filing for a dissolution in Florida. You must [ file ]fn this form if the following is true:

• You and your spouse have a dependent or minor child(ren) together or the wife is pregnant.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form before a [ notary public. ]fn You should file the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where you live and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

For your case to proceed, you must properly notify your spouse of the [ petition. ]fn If you know where he or she lives, you should use [ personal service. ]fn If you absolutely do not know where he or she lives, you may use [ constructive service. ]fn You may also be able to use constructive service if your spouse resides in another state or country. However, if constructive service is used, other than granting a divorce, the court may only grant limited relief. For more information on constructive service, see Notice of Action for Dissolution of marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), and Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b). If your spouse is in the military service of the United States, additional steps for service may be required. See, for example, Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.921(a). In sum, the law regarding constructive service and service on an individual in the military service on an individual is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding these issues.

If personal service is used, the [ respondent ]fn has 20 days to answer after being served with your petition. Your case will then generally proceed in one of the following three ways:

[ DEFAULT ]fn . . . If after 20 days, your spouse has not filed an [ answer, ]fn you may file a Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(a), with the clerk of court. Then, if you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, [ family law intake staff, ]fn or [ judicial assistant ]fn to set a [ final hearing by using a ]fn Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

[ UNCONTESTED ]fn . . . If your spouse files an answer that agrees with everything in your petition or an answer and waiver, and you have complied with [ mandatory disclosure ]fn and filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

[ CONTESTED ]fn . . . If your spouse files an answer or an [ counterpetition, ]fn which disagrees with or denies anything in your petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, you should file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of [ mediation ]fn before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing). If your spouse files an answer and counterpetition, you should answer the counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902(d).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

If this is a domestic violence case and you want to keep your address confidential for safety reasons, do not enter the address, telephone, and fax information at the bottom of this form. Instead, file Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address, Florida Family Law Form 12.980(i).

With this form, you must also file the following:

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (f).

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (g), if you are asking that child support be ordered in the final judgment. (If you do not know your spouse's income, you may file this worksheet after his or her financial affidavit has been served on you.)

Affidavit of Corroborating Witness, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (i) OR photocopy of current Florida driver's license, Florida identification card, or voter's registration card (issue date of copied document must be at least six months before date case is actually filed with the clerk of the circuit court).

Affidavit of Indigency, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(c), if you are requesting that [ filing fees ]fn be waived.

Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1), if you and your spouse have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues.

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the petition.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of [ service ]fn of the petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the petition, unless you and your spouse have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Child Custody . . . If you and your spouse are unable to agree about with whom the child(ren) will live most of the time, a judge will decide for you. The judge will decide the parenting arrangements based on the child(ren)'s best interests. Regardless of whether there is an agreement, the court reserves jurisdiction to modify issues relating to the minor child(ren).

The judge may request a [ parenting evaluation ]fn or appoint a [ guardian ad litem ]fn in your case. This means that a neutral person will review your situation and report to the judge concerning parenting issues. The purpose of such intervention is to be sure that the best interests of the child(ren) is (are) being served. For more information, you may consult section 61.13, Florida Statutes.

Some circuits may require the completion of a [ parenting course ]fn before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant about requirements for parenting courses where you live.

Listed below are some terms with which you should become familiar before completing your petition. If you do not fully understand any of the terms below or their implications, you should speak with an attorney before going any further.

• [ Shared Parental Responsibility ]fn

• [ Sole Parental Responsibility ]fn

• [ Rotating Custody ]fn

• [ Primary Residential Responsibility ]fn

• [ Secondary Residential Responsibility ]fn

• [ Reasonable visitation ]fn

• [ Specified visitation ]fn

• [ Supervised visitation ]fn

• [ No contact ]fn

Child Support . . . The court may order one parent to pay [ child support ]fn to assist the other parent in meeting the child(ren)'s material needs. Both parents are required to provide financial support, but one parent may be ordered to pay a portion of his or her support for the child(ren) to the other parent. If you are requesting custody or primary residential responsibility for the child(ren), you should request child support in your petition. Florida has adopted guidelines for determining the amount of child support to be paid. These guidelines are based on the combined income of both parents and take into account the financial contributions of both parents. You must file a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e), and your spouse will be required to do the same. From your financial affidavits, you should be able to calculate the amount of child support that should be paid using the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (g). Because the child support guidelines take several factors into consideration, change over time, and vary from state to state, your child support obligation may be more or less than that of other people in seemingly similar situations.

Alimony . . . Alimony may be awarded to a spouse if the judge finds that he or she needs it and that the other spouse has the ability to pay it. If you want alimony, you must request it in writing in the original petition or counterpetition. If you do not request alimony in writing before the final hearing, it is waived (you may not request it later). You may request either [ permanent alimony, ]fn [ lump sum alimony, ]fn or [ rehabilitative alimony. ]fn

Marital/Nonmarital Assets and Liabilities . . . Florida law requires an equitable distribution of [ marital assets ]fn and [ marital liabilities. ]fn "Equitable" does not necessarily mean "equal." Many factors, including child support, custody, and alimony awards, may lead the court to make an unequal (but still equitable) distribution of assets and liabilities. [ Nonmarital assets ]fn and [ nonmarital liabilities ]fn are those assets and liabilities which the parties agree or the court determines belong to, or are the responsibility of, only one of the parties. If the parties agree or the court finds an asset or liability to be nonmarital, the judge will not consider it when distributing marital assets and liabilities.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding temporary use of assets, temporary responsibility for liabilities, parental responsibility and visitation with child(ren), temporary child support, or temporary alimony, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.947(a). For more information, see the instructions for that form.

[ Marital Settlement Agreement ]fn . . . If you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on any or all of the issues, you should file a Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(1). Both of you must sign this agreement before a [ notary public. ]fn Any issues on which you are unable to agree will be considered [ contested ]fn and settled by the judge at the final hearing.

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.990 (c)(1), which the judge may use if your case is contested. If you and your spouse reach an agreement on all of the issues, the judge may use a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren) (Uncontested), Florida Family Law Form 12.990 (b)(1). You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring a final judgment with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ____________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _________________________ Division: _________________________ _________________________, Petitioner,

and _________________________, Respondent.
PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

I, full legal name} ________________________________, the [ one only] ( ) Husband ( ) Wife, being sworn, certify that the are true:

1. JURISDICTION/RESIDENCE ( ) Husband ( ) Wife ( ) Both has (have) lived in Florida for at least 6 months before the filing of this Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

2. The husband [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service. The wife [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service.

3. MARRIAGE HISTORY Date of marriage: month, day, year} _________________________ Place of marriage: city, state, country} ____________________

Date of separation: month, day, year} __________ ( if approximate)

4. DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) [ all that apply]

___ a. The wife is pregnant. Baby is due on: date} ____

___ b. The minor (under 18) child(ren) common to both parties are:

Name Place of Birth Birth date Sex

__________________ _______________ ___________ ____ __________________ _______________ ___________ ____ __________________ _______________ ___________ ____ __________________ _______________ ___________ ____ __________________ _______________ ___________ ____ __________________ _______________ ___________ ____

___ c. The minor child(ren) born or conceived during the marriage who are not common to both parties are:

Name Place of Birth Birth date Sex

__________________ _______________ ___________ ____ __________________ _______________ ___________ ____

The birth father(s) of the above minor child(ren) is (are) name and address} _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

___ d. The child(ren) common to both parties who are 18 or older but who are dependent upon the parties due to a mental or physical disability are:

Name Place of Birth Birth date Sex

__________________ _______________ ___________ ____ __________________ _______________ ___________ ____

5. A completed Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(f), is filed with this petition. (You must complete and attach this form in a dissolution of marriage with minor child(ren)).

6. A completed Notice of Social Security Number, a Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), is filed with this petition.

7. This petition for dissolution of marriage should be granted because: [ one only]

___ a. The marriage is irretrievably broken.

___ b. One of the parties has been adjudged mentally incapacitated for a period of 3 years prior to the filing of this petition. A copy of the Judgment of Incapacity is attached.

SECTION I. MARITAL ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

[ one only]

___ 1. There are no marital assets or liabilities.

___ 2. There are marital assets or liabilities. All marital and nonmarital assets and liabilities are (or will be) listed in the financial affidavits, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), to be filed in this case. [ all that apply]

___ a. All marital assets and liabilities have been divided by a written agreement between the parties, which is attached, to be incorporated into the final judgment of dissolution of marriage. (The parties may use Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1)).

___ b. The Court should determine how the assets and liabilities of this marriage are to be distributed, under section 61.075, Florida Statutes.

___ c. Petitioner should be awarded an interest in Respondent's property because: _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

SECTION II. SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY)

[ one only]

___ 1. Petitioner forever gives up his/her right to spousal support (alimony) from Respondent.

___ 2. Petitioner requests that the Court order Respondent to pay the following spousal support (alimony) and claims that he or she has a need for the support that he or she is requesting and Respondent has the ability to pay that support. Spousal support (alimony) is requested in the amount of $ _______ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning date} ____ and continuing until date or event} __________. Explain why the Court should order Respondent to pay and any specific request(s) for type of alimony (temporary, permanent, rehabilitative, and/or lump sum): _____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ [ if applies] ( ) Petitioner requests life insurance on Respondent's life, provided by Respondent, to secure such support.

SECTION III. CHILD CUSTODY, PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND VISITATION

1. The minor child(ren) currently reside(s) with ( ) Mother ( ) Father ( ) Other: explain} _______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

2. Parental Responsibility. It is in the child(ren)'s best interests that parental responsibility be: [ one only]

___ a. shared by both Father and Mother.

___ b. awarded solely to ( ) Father ( ) Mother. Shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child(ren) because: ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________

3. Primary Residential Parent (Custody). It is in the best interests of the child(ren) that the primary residential parent be ( ) Father ( ) Mother ( ) undesignated ( ) rotating because: _________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

4. Visitation or Time Sharing. Petitioner requests that the court order [ all that apply]

___ a. no visitation.

___ b. limited visitation.

___ c. supervised visitation.

___ d. supervised or third-person exchange of child(ren).

___ e. visitation or time sharing as determined by the Court.

___ f. a visitation or time sharing schedule as follows:

Explain the requested visitation or time sharing schedule: ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Explain why this request is in the best interests of the child(ren): ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Has the above visitation or time sharing schedule been agreed to by the parties?

( ) yes ( )no

SECTION IV. CHILD SUPPORT

[ all that apply]

___ 1. Petitioner requests that the Court award child support as determined by Florida's child support guidelines, section 61.30, Florida Statutes. A completed Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g), is, or will be filed. Such support should be ordered retroactive to:

___ a. the date of separation date} ____.

___ b. the date of the filing of this petition.

___ c. other date} ____ explain} _________________________________

___ 2. Petitioner requests that the Court award child support to be paid beyond the age of 18 years because:

___ a. the following child(ren) name(s)} ________________________ is (are) dependent because of a mental or physical incapacity which began before the age of 18. explain} ______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

___ b. the following child(ren) name(s)} ______________________ is (are) dependent in fact and is (are) in high school while he/she (they) are between the ages of 18 and 19; said child(ren) is (are) performing in good faith with reasonable expectation of graduation before the age of 19.

___ 3. Petitioner requests that the Court award a child support amount that is more than or less than Florida's child support guidelines. Petitioner understands that Motion to Deviate from Child Support Guidelines, Florida Family Law Form 12.943, must be filed before the court will consider this request.

___ 4. Petitioner requests that medical/dental insurance coverage for the minor child(ren) be provided by: [ one only]

___ a. Father.

___ b. Mother.

___ 5. Petitioner requests that uninsured medical/dental expenses for the child(ren) be paid: [ one only]

___ a. by Father.

___ b. by Mother.

___ c. by Father and Mother [each pay one-half].

___ d. according to the percentages in the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g).

___ e. Other explain}: _____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

___ 6. Petitioner requests that life insurance to secure child support be provided by:

___ a. Father.

___ b. Mother.

___ c. Both.

SECTION V. OTHER

1. [If Petitioner is also the Wife, [ one only] ( ) yes ( ) no Petitioner/Wife wants to be known by her former name, which was full legal name} _____________________________________________.

2. Other relief specify}: ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

SECTION VI. PETITIONER'S REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking the Court to include in the final judgment of dissolution of marriage.)

Petitioner requests that the Court enter an order dissolving the marriage and: [ all that apply]

___ 1. distributing marital assets and liabilities as requested in Section I of this petition;

___ 2. awarding spousal support (alimony) as requested in Section II of this petition;

___ 3. establishing the primary residential parent (custody), parental responsibility, and visitation for the dependent or minor child(ren) common to both parties, as requested in Section III of this petition;

___ 4. establishing child support for the dependent or minor child(ren) common to both parties, as requested in Section IV of this petition;

___ 5. restoring Wife's former name as requested in Section V of this petition;

___ 6. awarding other relief as requested in Section V of this petition; and any other terms the Court deems necessary.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ________________ _____________________________ Signature of Petitioner

Printed Name: ______________________ Address: ___________________________ City, State, Zip: __________________ Telephone Number: __________________ Fax Number: ________________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ______________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ___________ by ______________.

_______________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

_______________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.] ___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced ________________ IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ________________________ a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________, city} ________________, state} _____, phone} ____________, helped name} _____________________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(b)(2), PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH PROPERTY BUT NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

When should this form be used?

This form may be used when a husband or wife is filing for a [ dissolution of marriage, ]fn and the husband and wife have [ marital assets ]fn and/or [ marital liabilities ]fn but they do not have any dependent children nor is the wife is now pregnant. You and/or your [ spouse ]fn must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months before filing for a dissolution in Florida. If you and your spouse agree on all issues and both can attend the hearing, you may want to file a [ simplified dissolution of marriage petition, ]fn Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (a). However, you cannot file for a simplified dissolution of marriage if any of the following are true:

• You disagree about property, debts, or other matters and wish to have a judge settle them for you.

• Either you or your spouse is seeking support ([ alimony ]fn).

• You would like to ask questions and get documents concerning your spouse's income, expenses, assets, debts, or other matters before having a trial or settlement.

• You would like to reserve your rights to have any matters reconsidered or appeal the judge's decision.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a [ notary public. ]fn You should file the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where you live and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

For your case to proceed, you must properly notify your spouse of the [ petition. ]fn If you know where he or she lives, you should use [ personal service. ]fn If you absolutely do not know where he or she lives, you may use [ constructive service. ]fn You may also be able to use constructive service if your spouse resides in another state or country. However, if constructive service is used, other than granting a divorce, the court may only grant limited relief. For more information on constructive service, see Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), and Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b). If your spouse is in the military service of the United States, additional steps for service may be required. See, for example, Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.912(a). In sum, the law regarding constructive service and service on an individual in the military service is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding these issues.

If personal service is used, the [ respondent ]fn has 20 days to answer after being served with your petition. Your case will then generally proceed in one of the following three ways:

[ DEFAULT ]fn . . . If after 20 days, your spouse has not filed an [ answer, ]fn you may file a Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(a), with the clerk of court. Then, if you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, [ family law intake staff, ]fn or [ judicial assistant ]fn to set a [ final hearing. ]fn You must notify your spouse of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

[ UNCONTESTED ]fn . . . If the respondent files an answer that agrees with everything in your petition or an answer and waiver, and you have complied with [ mandatory disclosure ]fn and filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify your spouse of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

[ CONTESTED ]fn . . . If the respondent files an answer or an answer and [ counterpetition, ]fn which disagrees with or denies anything in your petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, you should file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of [ mediation ]fn before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing). If the respondent files an answer and counterpetition, you should answer the counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902(d).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

If this is a domestic violence case and you want to keep your address confidential for safety reasons, do not enter the address telephone, and fax information at the bottom of this form. Instead, file Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address N Florida Family Law Form 12.980(i).

With this form, you must also file the following:

Affidavit of Corroborating Witness, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(i) OR photocopy of current Florida driver's license, Florida identification card, or voter's registration card (issue date of copied document must be at least six months before date case is actually filed with the clerk of the circuit court).

Affidavit of Indigency, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(c), if you are requesting that [ filing ]fn [ fees ]fn be waived.

Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(2), if you and your spouse have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues.

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(J).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the petition.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of [ service ]fn of the petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the petition, unless you and your spouse have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Alimony . . . Alimony may be awarded to a spouse if the judge finds that he or she needs it and that the other spouse has the ability to pay it. If you want alimony, you must request it in writing in the original petition or counterpetition. If you do not request alimony in writing before the final hearing, it is waived (you may not request it later). You may request either permanent alimony, ]fn [ lump sum alimony, ]fn or rehabilitative alimony. ]fn

Marital/Nonmarital Assets and Liabilities . . . Florida law requires an equitable distribution of [ marital assets ]fn and [ marital liabilities. ]fn "Equitable" does not necessarily mean "equal." Many factors, including alimony awards, may lead the court to make an unequal (but still equitable) distribution of assets and liabilities. [ Nonmarital assets and [ nonmarital liabilities are those assets and liabilities which the parties agree or the court determines belong to, or are the responsibility of, only one of the parties. If the parties agree or the court finds an asset or liability to be nonmarital, the judge will not consider it when distributing marital assets and liabilities.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding temporary use of assets, temporary responsibility for liabilities, or temporary alimony, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.948 (a). For more information, see the instructions for that form.

[ Marital Settlement Agreement ]fn . . . If you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on any or all of the issues, you should file a Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(2). Both husband and wife must sign this agreement before a [ notary public. ]fn Any issues on which you are unable to agree will be considered [ contested ]fn and settled by the judge at the final hearing

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.990 (c)(2), which the judge may use if your case is contested. If you and your spouse reach an agreement on all of the issues, the judge may use a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) (Uncontested), Florida Family Law Form 12.990 (b)(2). You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring a final judgment with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ____________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________ Division: _______________ ___________________________, Petitioner, and ___________________________, Respondent.
PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH PROPERTY BUT NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

I, full legal name} __________________________, the [ one only] ( ) Husband ( ) Wife, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true:

1. JURISDICTION/RESIDENCE ( ) Husband ( ) Wife ( ) Both has (have) lived in Florida for at least 6 months before the filing of this Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

2. The husband [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service. The wife [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service.

3. MARRIAGE HISTORY Date of marriage: month, day, year} _____________________________ Place of marriage: city, state, country} ________________________ Date of separation: month, day, year} _________ ( if approximate)

4. THERE ARE NO MINOR (under 18) OR DEPENDENT CHILD(REN) COMMON TO BOTH PARTIES AND THE WIFE IS NOT PREGNANT.

5. A completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(J), is filed with this petition.

6. THIS PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE SHOULD BE GRANTED BECAUSE: [ one only]

___ a. The marriage is irretrievably broken.

___ b. One of the parties has been adjudged mentally incapacitated for a period of 3 years before the filing of this petition. A Incapacity is attached.

SECTION I. MARITAL ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

[ one only]

___ 1. There are no marital assets or liabilities.

___ 2. There are marital assets or liabilities. All marital and nonmarital and liabilities are (or will be) listed in the financial affidavits, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), to be filed in this case. [ all that apply]

___ a. All marital assets and debts have been divided by a written agreement between the parties, which is attached to be incorporated into the final judgment of dissolution of marriage. (The parties may use Marital Settlement Agreement for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(3) or Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), a Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(2)).

___ b. The Court should determine how the assets and liabilities of this marriage are to be distributed, under section 61.075, Florida Statutes.

___ c. Petitioner should be awarded an interest in Respondent's property because: _________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

SECTION II. SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY)

[ one only]

___ 1. Petitioner forever gives up his/her right to spousal support (alimony) from Respondent.

___ 2. Petitioner requests that the Court order Respondent to pay the following spousal support (alimony) and claims that he or she has a need for the support that he or she is requesting and Respondent has the ability to pay that support. Spousal support (alimony) is requested in the amount of $ ________ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning date} _________ and continuing until date or event} ______________. Explain why the Court should order Respondent to pay and any specific request(s) for type of alimony (temporary, permanent, rehabilitative, and/or lump sum): _______________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ [ if applies] ( ) Petitioner requests life insurance on Respondent's life, provided by Respondent, to secure such support.

SECTION III. OTHER

1. [If Petitioner is also the Wife, one only] ( ) yes ( ) no Petitioner/Wife wants to be known by her former name, which was full legal name} ______________________________________ ___________________________________________________________.

2. Other relief specify}: _____________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

SECTION IV. PETITIONER'S REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking the Court to include in the final judgment of dissolution of marriage.) Petitioner requests that the Court enter an order dissolving the marriage and: [ all that apply]

___ 1. distributing marital assets and liabilities as requested in Section I of this petition;

___ 2. awarding spousal support (alimony) as requested in Section II of this petition;

___ 3. restoring Wife's former name as requested in Section III of this petition;

___ 4. awarding other relief as requested in Section III of this petition; and any other terms the Court deems necessary.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: __________ ______________________________ Signature of Petitioner

Printed Name: _______________________ Address: ____________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________ Telephone Number: ___________________ Fax Number: _________________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _______________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ___________ by ____________.

___________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

___________________________________________ [Print, Type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known

___ Produced identification Type of identification produced _________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _________________, city} ____________, state} ________, phone} ______________, helped name} _______________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(b)(3), PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) OR PROPERTY

When should this form be used?

This form may be used when a husband or wife is filing for a [ dissolution of marriage, ]fn and the husband and wife have no [ marital assets ]fn and/or [ marital liabilities ]fn and they do not have any dependent children nor is the wife is now pregnant. You and/or your spouse must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months before filing for a dissolution in Florida. If you and your spouse agree on all issues and both can attend the hearing, you may want to file a petition for simplified dissolution of marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(a). However, you may [ file ]fn this form if all]fn of the following are true:

• You have no marital assets or marital debts.

• Neither you nor your spouse is seeking support (alimony).

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a [ notary public. ]fn You should file the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where you live and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

For your case to proceed, you must properly notify your spouse of the [ petition. ]fn If you know where he or she lives, you should use [ personal service. ]fn If you absolutely do not know where he or she lives, you may use [ constructive service. ]fn You may also be able to use constructive service if your spouse resides in another state or country. However, if constructive service is used, other than granting a divorce, the court may only grant limited relief. For more information on constructive service, see Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, a Florida Family Law Form 12.913 (a), and Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913 (b). If your spouse is in the military service of the United States, additional steps for service may be required. See, for example, Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.912 (a). In sum, the law regarding constructive service and service on an individual in the military service is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding these issues.

If personal service is used, the [ respondent ]fn has 20 days to answer after being served with your petition. Your case will then generally proceed in one of the following three ways:

[ DEFAULT ]fn . . . If after 20 days, your spouse has not filed an [ answer, ]fn you may file a Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922 (a), with the clerk of court. Then, if you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, [ family law intake staff ]fn, or [ judicial assistant ]fn to set a [ final hearing ]fn. You must notify your spouse of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

[ UNCONTESTED ]fn . . . If the respondent files an answer that agrees with everything in your petition or an answer and waiver, and you have complied with [ mandatory disclosure ]fn and filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify your spouse of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

[ CONTESTED ]fn . . . If the respondent files an answer or an answer and [ counterpetition, ]fn which disagrees with or denies anything in your petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, you should file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of [ mediation ]fn before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing). If the respondent files an answer and counterpetition, you should answer the counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902 (d).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

If this is a domestic violence case and you want to keep your address confidential for safety reasons, do not enter the address, telephone, and fax information at the bottom of this form. Instead, file Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address, Florida Family Law Form 12.980(i).

With this form, you must also file the following:

Affidavit of Corroborating Witness, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (i) OR photocopy of current Florida driver's license, Florida identification card, or voter's registration-card (issue date of copied document must be at least six months before date case is actually filed with the clerk of the circuit court).

Affidavit of Indigency, a Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (c), if you are requesting that [ filing ]fn [ fees ]fn be waived.

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (j).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the petition.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of [ service ]fn of the petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the petition, unless you and your spouse have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with No Property or Minor Child(ren) (Uncontested), Florida Family Law Form 12.990 (b)(3). You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring a final judgment with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ______________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________ Division: _______________ ______________________________, Petitioner, and ______________________________, Respondent.
PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) OR PROPERTY

I, full legal name} _______________________________, the [ one only] ( ) Husband ( ) Wife, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true:

1. JURISDICTION/RESIDENCE ( ) Husband ( ) Wife ( ) Both has (have) lived in Florida for at least 6 months before the filing of this Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

2. The husband [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service. The wife [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service.

3. MARRIAGE HISTORY Date of marriage: month, day, year} _______________________________ Place of marriage: city, state, country} __________________________ Date of separation: month, day, year} ____________( if approximate)

4. THERE ARE NO MINOR (under 18) OR DEPENDENT CHILD(REN) COMMON TO BOTH PARTIES AND THE WIFE IS NOT PREGNANT.

5. A completed Notice of Social Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (j), is filed with this petition.

6. THIS PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE SHOULD BE GRANTED BECAUSE: [ one only]

___ a. The marriage is irretrievably broken.

___ b. One of the parties has been adjudged mentally incapacitated for a period of 3 years before the filing of this petition. A copy of the Judgment of Incapacity is attached.

7. THERE ARE NO MARITAL ASSETS OR LIABILITIES.

8. PETITIONER FOREVER GIVES UP HIS/HER RIGHTS TO SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY) FROM RESPONDENT.

9. [If Petitioner is also the Wife, one only] ( ) yes ( ) no Petitioner/Wife wants to be known by her former name, which was full legal name} ______________________________________ ___________________________________________________________.

10. Other relief specify}: _______________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________

PETITIONER'S REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking the Court to include in the final judgment of dissolution of marriage.)

Petitioner requests that the Court enter an order dissolving the marriage and: [ all that apply]

___ 1. restoring Wife's former name as specified in paragraph 9 of this petition;

___ 2. awarding other relief as specified in paragraph 10 of this petition; and any other terms the Court deems necessary.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: __________________ ________________________________ Signature of Petitioner

Printed Name: __________________

Address: _______________________ City, State, Zip: ______________ Telephone Number: ______________ Fax Number: ____________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _______________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ________ by _______________.

________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA ________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced _______________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ________________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _________________, city} ______________, state} ________, phone} ______________, helped name} _________________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(c), AFFIDAVIT OF INDIGENCY

When should this form be used?

This form should be used by anyone in a family law case who is unable to pay court fees and costs and is requesting a waiver of those fees and costs.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a [ notary public. ]fn You should [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the [ petition ]fn was filed and keep a copy for your records. In addition, you must attach a [ Financial Affidavit, ]fn Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d), to this form.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form, along with all of the other necessary forms, must be mailed or hand delivered to your spouse in your case.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there.

Special notes . . .

If this is a domestic violence case and you want to keep your address confidential for safety reasons, do not enter the address, telephone, and fax information at the bottom of this form. Instead, file Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address, N Florida Family Law Form 12.980 (i).

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE __________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR __________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________ Division: _______________

___________________________, Petitioner, and ___________________________, Respondent.
AFFIDAVIT OF INDIGENCY

I, full legal name} ______________________, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true:

I am financially insolvent and unable to pay the charges, costs, or fees otherwise payable by law to the clerk of the circuit court or sheriff in this civil action. I make this claim because: [ one only]

___ a. I am currently receiving public assistance in the amount of: $ ____________ per ( ) week ( ) month. My public assistance case number is: ___________. My financial affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d), is attached.

___ b. I am unable to pay those clerk's fees and costs because of indigency, based on facts contained in my Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d), which is attached.

I CERTIFY THAT NO PERSON HAS BEEN PAID OR PROMISED ANY PAYMENT OF ANY REMUNERATION BY ME FOR SERVICES PERFORMED ON MY BEHALF IN CONNECTION WITH THIS ACTION OR PROCEEDING.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} ___________.

Other party or his/her attorney:

Name: ______________________________ Address: ___________________________ City, State, Zip: __________________ Fax Number: ________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this affidavit and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ____________ ______________________________ Signature of Party

Printed Name: _______________________ Address: ____________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________ Telephone Number: ___________________ Fax Number: _________________________ STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _______________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _______ by ________________.

_______________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA _______________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced _________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________ a nonlawyer, located at street} ________________ city} ______________, state} _________, phone} ______________, helped name} ______________, who is the [ one only] ___ petitioner or ___ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(d), FAMILY LAW FINANCIAL AFFIDAVIT (SHORT FORM)

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you are involved in a family law case which requires a [ financial affidavit ]fn and your individual gross income is UNDER $50,000 per year.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a [ notary public. ]fn You should file the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the [ petition ]fn was filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other [ party ]fn in your case, if it is not served on him or her with your initial papers. This must be accomplished within 45 days of service of the petition.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

Special notes . . .

If this is a domestic violence case and you want to keep your address confidential for safety reasons, do not enter the address, telephone, and fax information at the bottom of this form. Instead, file Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address, Florida Family Law Form 12.980 (i).

The affidavit must be completed using monthly income and expense amounts. If you are paid or your bills are due on a schedule which is not monthly, you must convert those amounts. Hints are provided below for making these conversions.

Hourly — If you are paid by the hour, you may convert your income to monthly as follows:

Hourly amount x Hours worked per week = Weekly amount Weekly amount x 52 Weeks per year = Yearly amount Yearly amount ÷ 12 Months per year = Monthly Amount

Daily — If you are paid by the day, you may convert your income to monthly as follows:

Daily amount x Days worked per week = Weekly amount Weekly amount x 52 Weeks per year = Yearly amount Yearly amount ÷ 12 Months per year = Monthly Amount

Weekly — If you are paid by the week, you may convert your income to monthly as follows:

Weekly amount x 52 Weeks per year = Yearly amount Yearly amount ÷ 12 Months per year = Monthly Amount

Bi-weekly — If you are paid every two weeks, you may convert your income to monthly as follows:

Bi-weekly amount x 26 = Yearly amount Yearly amount ÷ 12 months per year = Monthly Amount

Bi-monthly — If you are paid twice per month, you may convert your income to monthly as follows:

Bi-monthly amount x 2 = Monthly Amount

Expenses may be converted in the same manner.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ___________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _________________ Division: _________________

_____________________________, Petitioner,

and _____________________________, Respondent.
FAMILY LAW FINANCIAL AFFIDAVIT (SHORT FORM) (Under $50,000 Individual Gross Annual Income)

I, full legal name} ___________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true: My Occupation: ____________________ Employed by: _________________________ Business Address: ________________________________________________________ Pay rate: $ ________ every week ( ) every other week ( ) twice a month ( ) monthly ( ) other: _______________________________________________________ Check here if unemployed and explain on a separate sheet your efforts to find employment.

SECTION I. PRESENT MONTHLY GROSS INCOME:

All amounts must be MONTHLY. See the instructions with this form to figure out money amounts for anything that is NOT paid monthly. Attach more paper if needed. Items included under "other" should be listed separately with separate dollar amounts.

1. Monthly gross salary or wages 1. $ _____________ 2. Monthly bonuses, commissions, allowances, overtime, tips, and similar payments 2. _____________ 3. Monthly business income from sources such as self-employment, partnerships, close corporations, and/or independent contracts (gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce income) ( Attach sheet itemizing such income and expenses.) 3. _____________ 4. Monthly disability benefits/SSI 4. _____________ 5. Monthly Workers' Compensation 5. _____________ 6. Monthly Unemployment Compensation 6. _____________ 7. Monthly pension, retirement, or annuity payments 7. _____________ 8. Monthly Social Security benefits 8. _____________ 9. Monthly alimony actually received 9a. From this case $ ___________ 9b. From other case(s): ___________ Add 9a and 9b 9. ______________ 10. Monthly interest and dividends 10. ______________ 11. Monthly rental income gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce income) ( Attach sheet itemizing such income and expense items.) 11. ______________

12. Monthly income from royalties, trusts, or estates 12. ____

13. Monthly reimbursed expenses and in-kind payments to the extent that they reduce personal living expenses 13. ____

14. Monthly gains derived from dealing in property (not including nonrecurring gains) Any other income of a recurring nature (list source) 14. ____

15. ______________________________________________ 15. ____

16. ______________________________________________ 16. ____

17. PRESENT MONTHLY GROSS INCOME

(Add lines 1-16) TOTAL: 17. $ ___

PRESENT MONTHLY DEDUCTIONS:

18. Monthly federal, state, and local income tax (corrected for filing status and allowable dependents and income tax liabilities)

a. Filing Status _____ b. Number of dependents claimed _____ 18. ____

19. Monthly FICA or self-employment taxes 19. ____

20. Monthly Medicare payments 20. ____

21. Monthly mandatory union dues 21. ____

22. Monthly mandatory retirement payments 22. ____

23. Monthly health insurance payments (including dental insurance), excluding portion paid for any minor children of this relationship 23. ____

24. Monthly court-ordered child support actually paid for children from another relationship 24. ____

25. Monthly court-ordered alimony actually paid

25a. from this case: $ ____ 25b. from other case(s): ____ Add 25a and 25b 25. ____

26. TOTAL DEDUCTIONS ALLOWABLE UNDER SECTION 61.30, FLORIDA STATUTES (Add lines 18 through 25) TOTAL: 26. $ ___

PRESENT NET MONTHLY INCOME (Subtract line 26 from line 17) 27. $ ___

SECTION II. AVERAGE MONTHLY EXPENSES

A. HOUSEHOLD: E. OTHER EXPENSES NOT LISTED ABOVE

Mortgage or rent $ ____ Clothing $ ____ Property taxes $ ____ Medical/Dental (uninsured) $ ____ Utilities $ ____ Grooming $ ____ Telephone $ ____ Entertainment $ ____ Food $ ____ Gifts $ ____ Meals outside home $ ____ Church/Charities $ ____ Maintenance/Repairs $ ____ Miscellaneous $ ____ Other: _______________ $ ____ Other: __________________ $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ B. AUTOMOBILE _________________________ $ ____ Gasoline $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ Repairs $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ Insurance $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ C. CHILD(REN)'S EXPENSES Day care $ ____ F. PAYMENTS TO CREDITORS MONTHLY Lunch money $ ____ CREDITOR: PAYMENT Clothing $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ Grooming $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ Gifts for holidays $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ Medical/dental (uninsured) $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ Other: ______________ $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ D. INSURANCE _________________________ $ ____ Medical/dental $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ Child(ren)'s medical/dental $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ Life $ ____ _________________________ $ ____ Other: ________________ $ ____ _________________________ $ ____

28. TOTAL MONTHLY EXPENSES (add ALL monthly amounts in A through F above) $ ____

SUMMARY 29. TOTAL PRESENT MONTHLY NET INCOME

from line 17 of SECTION I. INCOME) 29. $ ___

30. TOTAL MONTHLY EXPENSES (from line 28 above) 30. $ ___

31. SURPLUS (If line 29 is more than line 30, subtract line 30 from line 29. This is the amount of your surplus. Enter that amount here.) 31. $ ___

32. (DEFICIT) (If line 30 is more than line 29, subtract line 29 from line 30. This is the amount of your deficit. Enter that amount here.) 32. ($ ___)

SECTION III: ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

Use the nonmarital column only if this is a petition for dissolution of marriage and you believe an item is "nonmarital," meaning it belongs to only one of you and should not be divided.

You should indicate to whom you believe the item(s) or debt belongs. (Typically, you will only use this column if property/debt was owned/owed by one spouse before the marriage. See the instructions with this form and section 61.075(1), Florida Statutes, for definitions of "marital" and "nonmarital" assets and liabilities.)

A. ASSETS:

___________________________________________________________________________

DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S). List a description of each separate item owned by you (and/or your spouse, if this is a petition for dissolution Current Fair Nonmarital of marriage). the box next to any Market Value ( correct column) asset(s) which you are requesting the judge award to you. husband wife ___________________________________________________________________________

Cash (on hand) $ Cash (in banks or credit unions) Stocks, Bonds, Notes Real estate: (Home) (Other) Automobiles Other personal property Retirement plans (Profit Sharing, Pension, IRA, 401(k)s, etc.) Other here if additional pages are attached.

Total Assets (add column B) $ ____

B. LIABILITIES: DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S). List a description of each separate debt owed by you if this is a petition for dissolution of marriage). Current Nonmarital the box next to any debt(s) for Amount Owed ( correct column) which you believe you should be responsible. husband wife

Mortgages on real estate $ Auto loans Charge/credit card accounts Other here if additional pages are attached.

Total Debts (add column B) $ ____

C. CONTINGENT ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

INSTRUCTIONS: If you have any POSSIBLE assets (income potential, accrued vacation or sick leave, bonus, inheritance, etc.) or POSSIBLE liabilities (possible lawsuits, future unpaid taxes, debts assumed by another), you must list them here.

___________________________________________________________________________ Possible Nonmarital Contingent Assets Value ( correct column) the box next to any contingent asset(s) which you are requesting the judge award to you. husband wife ___________________________________________________________________________

$

Total Contingent Assets $ ____ ___________________________________________________________________________

Contingent Liabilities Possible Amount Nonmarital Owed ( correct column) the box next to any contingent debt(s) for which you believe you should be responsible. husband wife

Total Contingent Liabilities $ ____

SECTION IV: CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES WORKSHEET

( Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g), Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, MUST be filed in all cases in which the parties have a minor child in common, INCLUDING modifications of child support.)

[ one only]

____ A Child Support Guidelines Worksheet IS being filed in this case. The parties have one or more minor children in common or one of the parties is requesting a modification of a previous order regarding child support.

____ A Child Support Guidelines Worksheet IS NOT being filed in this case. There are no minor children common to the parties in this case or, if this case involves a modification of a previous court order, child support is not an issue.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} __________.

Other party or his/her attorney:

Name: _______________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________________________________________ Fax Number: _________________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this affidavit and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: _________________ ________________________________ Signature of Party

Printed Name: __________________ Address: _______________________ City, State, Zip: ______________ Telephone Number: ______________ Fax Number: ____________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ______________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me ___________ on by ___________.

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

_____ Personally known _____ Produced identification Type of identification produced __________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [~ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _____________, city} ________________, state} ________, phone} __________, helped name} ___________________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(e), FAMILY LAW FINANCIAL AFFIDAVIT

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you are involved in a family law case which requires a [ financial affidavit ]fn and your individual gross income is $50,000 OR MORE per year. Read the instructions at the beginning of each section because you may not be required to complete every section of the affidavit.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a [ notary public ]fn. You should then [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the [ petition ]fn was filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other [ party ]fn in your case, if it not served on him or her with your initial papers. This must be accomplished within 45 days of service of the petition.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "[ bold underline ]fn" in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

Special notes . . .

If this is a domestic violence case and you want to keep your address confidential for safety reasons, do not enter the address, telephone, and fax information at the bottom of this form. Instead, file Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address, Florida Family Law Form 12.980(i).

The affidavit must be completed using monthly income and expense amounts. If you are paid or your bills are due on a schedule which is not monthly, you must convert those amounts. Hints are provided below for making these conversions.

Hourly — If you are paid by the hour, you may convert your income to monthly as follows:

Hourly amount x Hours worked per week = Weekly amount Weekly amount x 52 Weeks per year = Yearly amount Yearly amount ÷ 12 Months per year = Monthly Amount

Daily — If you are paid by the day, you may convert your income to monthly as follows:

Daily amount x Days worked per week = Weekly amount Weekly amount x 52 Weeks per year = Yearly amount Yearly amount ÷ 12 Months per year = Monthly Amount

Weekly — If you are paid by the week, you may convert your income to monthly as follows:

Weekly amount x 52 Weeks per year = Yearly amount Yearly amount ÷ 12 Months per year = Monthly Amount

Bi-weekly — If you are paid every two weeks, you may convert your income to monthly as follows:

Bi-weekly amount x 26 = Yearly amount Yearly amount ÷ 12 Months per year = Monthly Amount

Bi-monthly — If you are paid twice per month, you may convert your income to monthly as follows:

Bi-monthly amount x 2 = Monthly Amount

_________________

Expenses may be converted in the same manner.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR ___________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: __________________ Division: __________________

_____________________________, Petitioner,

and

_____________________________, Respondent.

FAMILY LAW FINANCIAL AFFIDAVIT
($50,000 or more individual Gross Annual Income)

I, full legal name} __________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

SECTION I. INCOME

Read the instructions with this form; if they indicate that you must file this financial affidavit, start here.

1. Date of Birth: ________ 2. Social Security Number: _________________ 3. My occupation is: __________________________________________________ 4. I am currently

[ all that apply]

_____ a. Unemployed Describe your efforts to find employment, how soon you expect to be employed, and the pay you expect to receive: _____________________ __________________________________________________________________

_____ b. Employed by: __________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip code: ___________________________________________ Telephone Number: ________________________________________________ Pay rate: $ __________ every week ( ) every other week ( ) twice a month ( ) monthly ( ) other: _____________________________________ If you are expecting to become unemployed or change jobs soon, describe the change you expect and why and how it will affect your income: __________________________________________________________ check here if you currently have more than one job. List the information above for the second job(s) on a separate sheet and attach it to this affidavit.

_____ c. Retired. Date of retirement: ______________ Employer from whom retired: ______________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip code: _______________ Telephone Number: _________

LAST YEAR'S GROSS INCOME: Your Income Other Party's Income ( if known)

YEAR ____ $ _______ $ ______

PRESENT MONTHLY GROSS INCOME:

All amounts must be MONTHLY. See the instructions with this form to figure out money amounts for anything that is NOT paid monthly. Attach more paper, if needed. Items included under "other" should be listed separately with separate dollar amounts.

1. Monthly gross salary or wages 1. $ ___

2. Monthly bonuses, commissions, allowances, overtime, tips, and similar payments 2. _____

3. Monthly business income from sources such as self-employment, partnerships, close corporations, and/or independent contracts (Gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce income.) ( Attach sheet itemizing such income and expenses.) 3. _____

4. Monthly disability benefits/SSI 4. _____

5. Monthly Workers' Compensation 5. _____

6. Monthly Unemployment Compensation 6. _____

7. Monthly pension, retirement, or annuity payments 7. _____

8. Monthly Social Security benefits 8. _____

9. Monthly alimony actually received

9a. From this case: $ ____ 9b. From other cases(s): _____ Add 9a and 9b 9. _____

10. Monthly interest and dividends 10. _____

11. Monthly rental income (gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce income) ( Attach sheet itemizing such income and expense items.) 11. _____

12. Monthly income from royalties, trusts, or estates 12. _____

13. Monthly reimbursed expenses and in-kind payments to the extent that they reduce personal living expenses 13. _____

14. Monthly gains derived from dealing in property (not including nonrecurring gains) 14. _____ Any other income of a recurring nature (identify source)

15. ________________________________________________________ 15. _____

16. ________________________________________________________ 16. _____

17. PRESENT MONTHLY GROSS INCOME

(Add lines 1-16) TOTAL: 17. $ ___

PRESENT MONTHLY DEDUCTIONS:

All amounts must be MONTHLY. See the instructions with this form to figure out money amounts for anything that is NOT paid monthly

18. Monthly federal, state, and local income tax (corrected for filing status and allowable dependents and income tax liabilities)

a. Filing Status _____ b. Number of dependents claimed ____ 18. $ ___

19. Monthly FICA or self-employment taxes 19. _____

20. Monthly Medicare payments 20. _____

21. Monthly mandatory union dues 21. _____

22. Monthly mandatory retirement payments 22. _____

23. Monthly health insurance payments (including dental insurance), excluding portion paid for any minor children of this relationship 23. _____

24. Monthly court-ordered child support actually paid for children from another relationship 24. _____

25. Monthly court-ordered alimony actually paid

25a. from this case: $ ___ 25. _____ 25b. from other case(s): ___ Add 25a and 25b

26. TOTAL DEDUCTIONS ALLOWABLE UNDER SECTION 61.30, FLORIDA STATUTES (Add lines 18 through 25) TOTAL: 26. $ ___

27. PRESENT NET MONTHLY INCOME (Subtract line 26 from line 17) 27. $ ___

SECTION II. AVERAGE MONTHLY EXPENSES

Proposed/Estimated Expenses. If this is a dissolution of marriage case and your current expenses do not reflect what you will actually have to pay after your marriage ends, you should write ""estimate" next to each amount that is proposed/estimated.

HOUSEHOLD:

1. Monthly mortgage or rent payments 1. $ ___ 2. Monthly property taxes (if not included in mortgage) 2. _____ 3. Monthly insurance on residence (if not included in mortgage) 3. _____ 4. Monthly condominium maintenance fees and homeowner's association fees 4. _____ 5. Monthly electricity 5. _____ 6. Monthly water, garbage, and sewer 6. _____ 7. Monthly telephone 7. _____ 8. Monthly fuel oil or natural gas 8. _____ 9. Monthly repairs and maintenance 9. _____ 10. Monthly lawn care 10. _____ 11. Monthly pool maintenance 11. _____ 12. Monthly pest control 12. _____ 13. Monthly misc. household 13. _____ 14. Monthly food and grocery items 14. _____ 15. Monthly meals outside home 15. _____ 16. Monthly cable t.v. 16. _____ 17. Monthly alarm service contract 17. _____ 18. Monthly service contracts on appliances 18. _____ 19. Monthly maid service 19. _____

Other:

20. ____________________________________________ 20. _____ 21. ____________________________________________ 21. _____ 22. ____________________________________________ 22. _____ 23. ____________________________________________ 23. _____ 24. ____________________________________________ 24. _____

25. SUBTOTAL (add lines 1 through 24) 25. $ ___

AUTOMOBILE:

26. Monthly gasoline and oil 26. $ ___ 27. Monthly repairs 27. _____ 28. Monthly auto tags and emission testing 28. _____ 29. Monthly insurance 29. _____ 30. Monthly payments (lease or financing) 30. _____ 31. Monthly rental/replacements 31. _____ 32. Monthly alternative transportation (bus, rail, car, pool, etc.) 32. _____ 33. Monthly tolls and parking 33. _____ 34. Other: ________________________________________ 34. _____

35. SUBTOTAL (add lines 26 through 34) 35. $ ___

MONTHLY EXPENSES FOR CHILD(REN) FROM ANOTHER RELATIONSHIP (other than court-ordered child support)

36. _______________________________________________ 36. $ ___ 37. _______________________________________________ 37. _____ 38. _______________________________________________ 38. _____ 39. _______________________________________________ 39. _____

40. SUBTOTAL (add lines 36 through 39) 40. $ ___

MONTHLY INSURANCE

41. Health insurance, excluding portion paid for any minor child(ren) of this relationship 41. $ ___ 42. Life insurance 42. _____ 43. Dental insurance 43. _____

Other:

44. ______________________________________________ 44. _____ 45. ______________________________________________ 45. _____

46. SUBTOTAL (add lines 41 through 45) 46. $ ___

OTHER MONTHLY EXPENSES NOT LISTED ABOVE:

47. Monthly dry cleaning and laundry 47. $ ___

48. Monthly clothing 48. _____ 49. Monthly medical, dental, and prescription (unreimbursed only) 49. _____ 50. Monthly psychiatric, psychological, and counselor (unreimbursed only) 50. _____ 51. Monthly non-prescription medications, cosmetics, toiletries, and sundries 51. _____ 52. Monthly grooming 52. _____ 53. Monthly gifts 53. _____ 54. Monthly pet expenses 54. _____ 55. Monthly club dues and membership 55. _____ 56. Monthly sports and hobbies 56. _____ 57. Monthly entertainment 57. _____ 58. Monthly periodicals/books/tapes/CD's 58. _____ 59. Monthly vacations 59. _____ 60. Monthly religious organizations 60. _____ 61. Monthly bank charges/credit card fees 61. _____ 62. Monthly education expenses 62. _____

Other: (include any usual and customary expenses not otherwise mentioned in the items listed above)

63. ________________________________________________ 63. _____ 64. ________________________________________________ 64. _____ 65. ________________________________________________ 65. _____ 66. ________________________________________________ 66. _____

67. SUBTOTAL (add lines 47 through 66) 67. $ ___

MONTHLY PAYMENTS TO CREDITORS: (only when payments are currently made by you on outstanding balances)

NAME OF CREDITOR(s):

68. ________________________________________________ 68. $ ___ 69. ________________________________________________ 69. _____ 70. ________________________________________________ 70. _____ 71. ________________________________________________ 71. _____ 72. ________________________________________________ 72. _____ 73. ________________________________________________ 73. _____ 74. ________________________________________________ 74. _____ 75. ________________________________________________ 75. _____ 76. ________________________________________________ 76. _____ 77. ________________________________________________ 77. _____ 78. ________________________________________________ 78. _____ 79. ________________________________________________ 79. _____ 80. ________________________________________________ 80. _____

81. SUBTOTAL (add lines 68 through 80) 81. $ ___

82. TOTAL MONTHLY EXPENSES:

(add lines 25, 35, 40, 46, 67, and 81 of Section II, Expenses) 82. $ ___

SUMMARY

83. TOTAL PRESENT MONTHLY NET INCOME

(from line 27 of SECTION I. INCOME) 83. $ ___

84. TOTAL MONTHLY EXPENSES (from line 82 above) 84. $ ___

85. SURPLUS (If line 83 is more than line 84, subtract line 84 from line 83. This is the amount of your surplus. Enter that amount here.) 85. $ ___

86. (DEFICIT) (If line 84 is more than line 83, subtract 83 from line 84. This is the amount of your deficit. Enter that amount here.) 86.($ ___)

SECTION III: ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

A. ASSETS (This is where you list what you OWN.)

INSTRUCTIONS:

[ STEP 1: ]fn In column A, list a description of each separate item owned by you (and/or your spouse, if this is a petition for dissolution of marriage). Blank spaces are provided if you need to list more than one of an item.

[ STEP 2: ]fn If this is a petition for dissolution of marriage, check the box in Column A next to any item that you are requesting the judge award to you.

[ STEP 3: ]fn In column B, write what you believe to be the current fair market value of all items listed.

[ STEP 4: ]fn Use column C only if this is a petition for dissolution of marriage and you believe an item is "nonmarital, "meaning it belongs to only one of you and should not be divided. You should indicate to whom you believe the item belongs. (Typically, you will only use Column C if property was owned by one spouse before the marriage. See the instructions with this form and section 61.075(1), Florida Statutes, for definitions of "marital" and "nonmarital" assets and liabilities.)

A B C Current Fair Nonmarital ASSETS: DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S) Market Value ( correct column) the box next to any asset(s) which you are requesting the judge award to you. husband wife

Cash on hand) $ Cash (in banks or credit unions) Stocks/Bonds Notes (money owed to you in writing) Money owed to you (not evidenced by a note) Real estate: (Home) (Other) Business interests Automobiles Boats Other vehicles Retirement plans (Profit Sharing, Pension, IRA, 401(k)'s, etc.) Furniture furnishings in home Furniture furnishings elsewhere Collectibles Jewelry Life insurance (cash surrender value) Sporting and entertainment (T.V., stereo, etc.) equipment Other assets

Total Assets (add column B) $ ____

B. LIABILITIES/DEBTS (This is where you list what you OWE.)

INSTRUCTIONS:

[ STEP 1: ]fn In column A, list a description of each separate debt owed by you (and/or your spouse, if this is a petition for dissolution of marriage). Blank spaces are provided if you need to list more than one of an item.

[ STEP 2: ]fn If this is a petition for dissolution of marriage, check the box in Column A next to any debt(s) for which you believe you should be responsible.

[ STEP 3: ]fn In column B, write what you believe to be the current amount owed for all items listed.

[ STEP 4: ]fn Use column C only if this is a petition for dissolution of marriage and you believe an item is "nonmarital," meaning the debt belongs to only one of you and should not be divided. You should indicate to whom you believe the debt belongs. (Typically, you will only use Column C if the debt was owed by one spouse before the marriage. See the instructions with this form and section 61.075(1), Florida Statutes, for definitions of "marital" and "nonmarital" assets and liabilities.) ___________________________________________________________________________

A B C

Current Nonmarital Amount Owed ( correct column) LIABILITIES: DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S) the box next to any debt(s) for which you believe you should be responsible. husband wife

Mortgages on real estate: (Home) $ (Other) Charge/credit card accounts Auto loan Auto loan Bank/Credit Union loans Money you owe (not evidenced by a note) Judgments Other

Total Debts (add column B) $ ____

C. NET WORTH (excluding contingent assets and liabilities)

Total Assets (enter total of Column B in Asset Table; Section A) $ ___

Total Liabilities (enter total of Column B in Liabilities Table; Section B) $ ___

TOTAL NET WORTH (Total Assets minus Total Liabilities)

(excluding contingent assets and liabilities) $ ___

D. CONTINGENT ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

INSTRUCTIONS:

If you have any POSSIBLE assets (income potential, accrued vacation or sick leave, bonus, inheritance, etc.) or POSSIBLE liabilities (possible lawsuits, future unpaid taxes, debts assumed by another), you must list them here. ___________________________________________________________________________

A B C Contingent Assets Nonmarital Possible Value ( Correct Column)

the box next to any contingent asset(s) which you are requesting the judge award to you. husband wife

$

Total Contingent Assets $ ___ ___________________________________________________________________________

A B C Contingent Liabilities Possible Amount Nonmarital Owed ( correct column) the box next to any contingent debt(s) for which you believe you should be responsible. husband wife

$

Total Contingent Liabilities $ ___

E. Has there been any agreement between you and the other party that one of you will take responsibility for a debt and will hold the other party harmless from that debt? ( ) yes ( ) no If yes, explain: __________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________

ATTACHMENTS CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES WORKSHEET. (Child Support Guidelines Worksheet. Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g), MUST be filed in all cases in which the parties have one or more children in common, INCLUDING modifications of child support.)

[ one only]

____ A Child Support Guidelines Worksheet IS being filed in this case. The parties have one or more minor children in common or one of the parties is requesting a modification of a previous court order regarding child support.

____ A Child Support Guidelines Worksheet IS NOT being filed in this case. There are no minor children common to the parties in this case or, if this case involves a modification of a previous court order, child support is not an issue.

I certify that a copy of this financial affidavit was: ( ) mailed, ( ) faxed and mailed, or ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date } _______.

Other party or his/her attorney:

Name: ________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ____________________________________________ Fax Number: __________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this affidavit and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: _____________________ ____________________________________ Signature of Party

Printed Name: ______________________ Address: ___________________________ City, State, Zip: __________________ Telephone Number: __________________ Fax Number: ________________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _________ by __________.

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

____ Personally known ____ Produced identification Type of identification produced _______________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _____________, city} ______________, state} _______, phone} _________, helped name} ___________________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(f), UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION ACT (UCCJA) AFFIDAVIT

When should this form be used?

This form should be used in any case involving custody of or visitation with any minor child(ren). This [ affidavit ]fn is required even if the custody and visitation of the minor child(ren) are not in dispute.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a [ notary public ]fn. You should then [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the petition was filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case, if it is not served on him or her with your initial papers.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see sections 61.1302-61-1354, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

If you are the petitioner in an injunction for protection against domestic violence case and you have filed Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address, Florida Family Law Form 12.980(i), you should write "confidential" many space on this form that would require you to write the address where you are currently living.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ___________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Division: ______________________ Case No.: ______________________

_____________________________, Petitioner,

and

_____________________________, Respondent,

UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION ACT (UCCJA) AFFIDAVIT

I, full legal name} ___________________, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true:

1. The number of minor child(ren) subject to this proceeding is ________. The name, social security number, place of birth, birth date, and sex of each child; the present address, periods of residence, and places where each child has lived within the past five (5) years; and the name, present address, and relationship to the child of each person with whom the child has lived during that time are:

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS TRUE ABOUT CHILD # 1 :

Child's Full Legal Name: ____________________ S.S. # ___________________ Place of Birth: _________ Date of Birth: ___________ Sex: _____

Child's Residence for the past 5 years:

Dates Address (including Name and present Relationship to (From/To) city and state) address of person child where child lived child lived with

________/present ________/________ ________/________ ________/________ ________/________ ________/________

If you are the petitioner in an injunction for protection against domestic violence case and you have filed Petitioner's Request for confidential Filing of Address, Florida Family Law Form 12.980(i), you should write "confidential" in any space on this form that would require you to enter the address where you are currently living.

(Make as many copies of page 2 as necessary).

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS TRUE ABOUT CHILD # ____:

Child's Full Legal Name: ____________________ S.S. # ___________________ Place of Birth: _________ Date of Birth: ___________ Sex: _____

Child's Residence for the past 5 years:

Dates Address (including name and present Relationship to (From/To) city and state) address of person child where child lived child lived with

________/present ________/________ ________/________ ________/________ ________/________ ________/________

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS TRUE ABOUT CHILD # ____:

Child's Full Legal Name: ____________________ S.S. # ___________________ Place of Birth: _________ Date of Birth: ___________ Sex: _____

Child's Residence for the past 5 years:

Dates Address (including Name and present Relationship to (From/To) city and state) address of person child where child lived child lived with

________/present ________/________ ________/________ ________/________ ________/________ ________/________

2. Participation in custody proceeding(s):

[ one only]

____ I HAVE NOT participated as a party, witness, or in any capacity in any other litigation or custody proceeding in this or any other state, concerning custody of a child subject to this proceeding.

____ I HAVE participated as a party, witness, or in capacity in any other litigation or custody proceeding in this or another state, concerning custody of a child subject to this proceeding. Explain:

a. Name of each child: _________________________________________ b. Type of proceeding: _________________________________________ c. Court and state: ____________________________________________ d. Date of court order or judgment (if any): ___________________

3. Information about custody proceeding(s):

[ one only]

____ I DO NOT KNOW OF ANY PERSON not a party to this proceeding who has physical custody or claim to have custody or visitation rights with respect to any child subject to this proceeding.

____ I KNOW THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMED PERSON(S) not a party to this proceeding has (have) physical custody or claim(s) to have custody or visitation rights with respect to any child subject to this proceeding:

a. Name and address of person: __________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ ( ) has physical custody ( ) claims custody rights ( ) claims visitation rights.

c. Name and address of person: __________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ ( ) has physical custody ( ) claims custody rights ( ) claims visitation rights. Name of each child: _____________________________________________

c. Name and address of person: __________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ ( ) has physical custody ( ) claims custody rights ( ) claims visitation rights. Name of each child: _____________________________________________

5. Knowledge of prior child support proceedings:

[ one only]

____ The child(ren) described in this affidavit are NOT subject to existing child support order(s) in this or any state or territory.

____ The child(ren) described in this affidavit are subject to the following existing child support order(s):

a. Name of each child: ___________________________________________ b. Type of proceeding: ___________________________________________ c. Court and address: ____________________________________________ d. Date of court order/judgment (if any): ________________________ e. Amount of child support paid and by whom: _____________________

6. I acknowledge that I have a continuing duty to advise this Court of any custody, visitation, child support, or guardianship proceeding (including dissolution of marriage, separate maintenance, child neglect, or dependency) concerning the child(ren) in this state or any other state about which information is obtained during this proceeding.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} ___________

Other party or his/her attorney:

Name: __________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ______________________________________________________ Fax Number: ____________________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this affidavit and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: _________________ _________________________________ Signature of Party

Printed Name: ___________________ Address: ________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________ Telephone Number: _______________ Fax Number: _____________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ___________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by ___________.

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

____ Personally known ____ Produced identification Type of identification produced ___________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} _____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _____________, city} _________________, state} ________, phone} ________, helped name} ______________________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(g), CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES WORKSHEET

When should this form be used?

You should complete this worksheet if [ child support ]fn is being requested in your case. If you know the income of the other [ party ,]fn this worksheet should accompany your [ financial affidavit ]fn. If you do not know the other party's income, this form must be completed after the other party files his or her financial affidavit, and [ serves ]fn a copy on you.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where your case is filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case, if it is not [ served ]fn on him or her with your initial papers.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see section 61.30, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

If this is a domestic violence case and you want to keep your address confidential for safety reasons, do not enter the address, telephone, and fax information at the bottom of this form. Instead, file Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address, Florida Family Law Form 12.980(i).

The chart below contains the guideline amounts that you should use when calculating child support. This amount is based on the number of children and the combined income of the parents, and it is divided between the parents in direct proportion to their income or earning capacity. From time to time, some of the amounts in the child support guidelines chart will change. Be sure you have the most recent version of the chart before using it.

Because the guidelines are based on monthly amounts, it may be necessary to convert some income and expense figures from other frequencies to monthly. You should do this as follows:

If payment is twice per month Payment amount x 2 = Monthly amount

If payment is every two weeks Payment amount x 26 = Yearly amount due Yearly amount ÷ 12 = Monthly amount

If payment is weekly Weekly amount x 52 = Yearly amount due Yearly amount ÷ 12 = Monthly amount

If you or the other parent request that the court award an amount that is different than the guideline amount, you must also complete and attach a Motion to Deviate from Child Support Guidelines, Florida Family Law Form 12.943.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES CHART

Combined Monthly Available One Two Three Four Five Six Income Child Children Children Children Children Children

650.00 74 75 75 76 77 78 700.00 119 120 121 123 124 125 750.00 164 166 167 169 171 173 800.00 190 211 213 216 218 220 850.00 202 257 259 262 265 268 900.00 213 302 305 309 312 315 950.00 224 347 351 355 359 363 1000.00 235 365 397 402 406 410 1050.00 246 382 443 448 453 458 1100.00 258 400 489 495 500 505 1150.00 269 417 522 541 547 553 1200.00 280 435 544 588 594 600 1250.00 290 451 565 634 641 648 1300.00 300 467 585 659 688 695 1350.00 310 482 603 681 735 743 1400.00 320 498 623 702 765 790 1450.00 330 513 642 724 789 838 1500.00 340 529 662 746 813 869 1550.00 350 544 681 768 836 895 1600.00 360 560 701 790 860 920 1650.00 370 575 720 812 884 945 1700.00 380 591 740 833 907 971 1750.00 390 606 759 855 931 996 1800.00 400 622 779 877 955 1022 1850.00 410 638 798 900 979 1048 1900.00 421 654 818 923 1004 1074 1950.00 431 670 839 946 1029 1101 2000.00 442 686 659 968 1054 1128 2050.00 452 702 879 991 1079 1154 2100.00 463 718 899 1014 1104 1181 2150.00 473 734 919 1037 1129 1207 2200.00 484 751 940 1060 1154 1234 2250.00 494 767 960 1082 1179 1261 2300.00 505 783 980 1105 1204 1287 2350.00 515 799 1000 1128 1229 1314 2400.00 526 815 1020 1151 1254 1340 2450.00 536 831 1041 1174 1279 1367 2500.00 547 847 1061 1196 1304 1394 2550.00 557 864 1081 1219 1329 1420 2600.00 568 880 1101 1242 1354 1447 2650.00 578 896 1121 1265 1379 1473 2700.00 588 912 1141 1287 1403 1500 2750.00 597 927 1160 1308 1426 1524 2800.00 607 941 1178 1328 1448 1549 2850.00 616 956 1197 1349 1471 1573 2900.00 626 971 1215 1370 1494 1598 2950.00 635 986 1234 1391 1517 1622 3000.00 644 1001 1252 1412 1540 1647 3050.00 654 1016 1271 1433 1563 1671 3100.00 663 1031 1289 1453 1586 1695 3150.00 673 1045 1308 1474 1608 1720 3200.00 682 1060 1327 1495 1631 1744 3250.00 691 1075 1345 1516 1654 1769 3300.00 701 1090 1364 1537 1677 1793 3350.00 710 1105 1382 1558 1700 1818 3400.00 720 1120 1401 1579 1723 1842 3450.00 729 1135 1419 1599 1745 1867 3500.00 738 1149 1438 1620 1768 1891 3550.00 748 1164 1456 1641 1791 1915 3600.00 757 1179 1475 1662 1814 1940 3650.00 767 1194 1493 1683 1837 1964 3700.00 776 1208 1503 1702 1857 1987 3750.00 784 1221 1520 1721 1878 2009 3800.00 793 1234 1536 1740 1899 2031 3850.00 802 1248 1553 1759 1920 2053 3900.00 811 1261 1570 1778 1940 2075 3950.00 819 1275 1587 1797 1961 2097 4000.00 828 1288 1603 1816 1982 2119 4050.00 837 1302 1620 1835 2002 2141 4100.00 846 1315 1637 1854 2023 2163 4150.00 854 1329 1654 1873 2044 2185 4200.00 863 1342 1670 1892 2064 2207 4250.00 872 1355 1687 1911 2085 2229 4300.00 881 1369 1704 1930 2106 2251 4350.00 889 1382 1721 1949 2127 2273 4400.00 898 1396 1737 1968 2147 2295 4450.00 907 1409 1754 1987 2168 2317 4500.00 916 1423 1771 2006 2189 2339 4550.00 924 1436 1788 2024 2209 2361 4600.00 933 1450 1804 2043 2230 2384 4650.00 942 1463 1821 2062 2251 2406 4700.00 951 1477 1838 2081 2271 2428 4750.00 959 1490 1855 2100 2292 2450 4800.00 969 1503 1871 2119 2313 2472 4850.00 977 1517 1888 2138 2334 2494 4900.00 986 1530 1905 2157 2354 2516 4950.00 993 1542 1927 2174 2372 2535 5000.00 1000 1551 1939 2188 2387 2551 5050.00 1006 1561 1952 2202 2402 2567 5100.00 1013 1571 1964 2215 2417 2583 5150.00 1019 1580 1976 2229 2432 2599 5200.00 1025 1590 1988 2243 2447 2615 5250.00 1032 1599 2000 2256 2462 2631 5300.00 1038 1609 2012 2270 2477 2647 5350.00 1043 1619 2024 2283 2492 2663 5400.00 1051 1628 2037 2297 2507 2679 5450.00 1057 1638 2049 2311 2522 2695 5500.00 1064 1647 2061 2324 2537 2711 5550.00 1070 1657 2073 2338 2552 2727 5600.00 1077 1667 2085 2352 2567 2743 5650.00 1083 1676 2097 2365 2582 2759 5700.00 1089 1686 2109 2379 2597 2775 5750.00 1096 1695 2122 2393 2612 2791 5800.00 1102 1705 2134 2406 2627 2807 5850.00 1107 1713 2144 2418 2639 2820 5900.00 1111 1721 2155 2429 2651 2833 5950.00 1116 1729 2165 2440 2663 2847 6000.00 1121 1737 2175 2451 2676 2860 6050.00 1126 1746 2185 2462 2688 2874 6100.00 1131 1754 2196 2473 2700 2887 6150.00 1136 1762 2206 2484 2712 2900 6200.00 1141 1770 2216 2495 2724 2914 6250.00 1145 1778 2227 2506 2737 2927 6300.00 1150 1786 2237 2517 2749 2941 6350.00 1155 1795 2247 2529 2761 2954 6400.00 1160 1803 2258 2540 2773 2967 6450.00 1165 1811 2268 2551 2785 2981 6500.00 1170 1819 2278 2562 2798 2994 6550.00 1175 1827 2288 2573 2810 3008 6600.00 1179 1835 2299 2584 2822 3021 6650.00 1184 1843 2309 2595 2834 3034 6700.00 1189 1850 2317 2604 2845 3045 6750.00 1193 1856 2325 2613 2854 3055 6800.00 1196 1862 2332 2621 2863 3064 6850.00 1200 1868 2340 2630 2782 3074 6900.00 1204 1873 2347 2639 2882 3084 6950.00 1208 1879 2355 2647 2891 3094 7000.00 1212 1885 2362 2656 2900 3103 7050.00 1216 1891 2370 2664 2909 3113 7100.00 1220 1897 2378 2673 2919 3123 7150.00 1224 1903 2385 2681 2928 3133 7200.00 1228 1909 2393 2690 2937 3142 7250.00 1232 1915 2400 2698 2946 3152 7300.00 1235 1921 2408 2707 2956 3162 7350.00 1239 1927 2415 2716 2965 3172 7500.00 1243 1933 2423 2724 2974 3181 7450.00 1247 1939 2430 2733 2983 3191 7500.00 1251 1945 2438 2741 2993 3201 7550.00 1255 1951 2446 2750 3002 3211 7600.00 1259 1957 2453 2758 3011 3220 7650.00 1263 1963 2461 2767 3020 3230 7700.00 1267 1969 2468 2775 3030 3240 7750.00 1271 1975 2476 2784 3039 3250 7800.00 1274 1981 2483 2792 3048 3259 7850.00 1278 1987 2491 2801 3057 3269 7900.00 1282 1992 2498 2810 3067 3279 7950.00 1286 1998 2506 2818 3076 3289 8000.00 1290 2004 2513 2827 3085 3298 8050.00 1294 2010 2521 2835 3094 3308 8100.00 1298 2016 2529 2844 3104 3318 8150.00 1302 2022 2536 2852 3113 3328 8200.00 1306 2028 2544 2861 3122 3337 8250.00 1310 2034 2551 2869 3131 3347 8300.00 1313 2040 2559 2878 3141 3357 8350.00 1317 2046 2566 2887 3150 3367 8400.00 1321 2052 2574 2895 3159 3376 8450.00 1325 2058 2581 2904 3168 3386 8500.00 1329 2064 2589 2912 3178 3396 8550.00 1333 2070 2597 2921 3187 3406 8600.00 1337 2076 2604 2929 3196 3415 8650.00 1341 2082 2612 2938 3205 3425 8700.00 1345 2088 2619 2946 3215 3435 8750.00 1349 2094 2627 2955 3224 3445 8800.00 1352 2100 2634 2963 3233 3454 8850.00 1356 2106 2642 2972 3242 3464 8900.00 1360 2111 2649 2981 3252 3474 8950.00 1364 2117 2657 2989 3261 3484 9000.00 1368 2123 2664 2998 3270 3493 9050.00 1372 2129 2672 3006 3279 3503 9100.00 1376 2135 2680 3015 3289 3513 9150.00 1380 2141 2687 3023 3298 3523 9200.00 1384 2147 2695 3032 3307 3532 9250.00 1388 2153 2702 3040 3316 3542 9300.00 1391 2159 2710 3049 3326 3552 9350.00 1395 2165 2717 3058 3335 3562 9400.00 1399 2171 2725 3066 3344 3571 9450.00 1403 2177 2732 3075 3353 3581 9500.00 1407 2183 2740 3083 3363 3591 9550.00 1411 2189 2748 3092 3372 3601 9600.00 1415 2195 2755 3100 3381 3610 9650.00 1419 2201 2763 3109 3390 3620 9700.00 1422 2206 2767 3115 3396 3628 9750.00 1425 2210 2772 3121 3402 3634 9800.00 1427 2213 2776 3126 3408 3641 9850.00 1430 2217 2781 3132 3414 3647 9900.00 1432 2221 2786 3137 3420 3653 9950.00 1435 2225 2791 3143 3426 3659 10000.00 1437 2228 2795 3148 3432 3666

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: __________________________ Division: __________________________

______________________________ Petitioner,

and

______________________________ Respondent.

CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES WORKSHEET

I, full legal name} _______________________________, certify that the following statements are true:

FATHER MOTHER 1. PRESENT NET MONTHLY INCOME

Enter the amount from line number 27, Section I of Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), Financial Affidavit. 1a.$ _____ 1b.$ _____

2. COMBINED PRESENT NET MONTHLY INCOME Add 1a and 1b. 2.$ _____

3. BASIC MONTHLY OBLIGATION

There is (are) number} _____ minor child(ren) common to the parties.

Using the amount on line 2, enter the appropriate amount from the child support guidelines chart. 3.$ _____

4. PERCENT OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Divide the amount on line 1a. by the amount on line 2 to get Father's percentage financial responsibility. Enter answer on line 4a. 4a. _____%

Divide the amount on line 1b. by the amount on line 2 to get Mother's percentage financial responsibility. Enter answer on line 4b. 4b. _____%

5. SHARE OF BASIC MONTHLY OBLIGATION

Multiply the number on line 3 by the percent on line 4a to get Father's share of basic obligation. Enter answer on line 5a. 5a.$ _____

Multiply the number on line 3 by the percent on line 4b to get Mother's share of basic obligation. Enter answer on line 5b. 5b.$ _____

6. TOTAL MONTHLY CHILD CARE COSTS

Child care costs should not exceed the level required to provide quality care from a licensed source for the child(ren). See section 61.30(7), Fla. Stat. for more information. 6.$ _____

7. PERCENTAGE OF CHILD CARE COSTS Multiply the amount on line 6 by .75 (to determine 75% of the total child care costs). Enter answer on line 7. 7.$ _____

Multiply the number on line 4a. by the amount on line 7 to get Father's share of the child care obligation. Enter answer on line 7a. 7a.$ _____

Multiply the number on line 4b. by the amount on line 7 to get Mother's share of the child care obligation. Enter answer on line 7b. 7b.$ _____

8. TOTAL MONTHLY CHILD(REN)'S HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS

This is only amounts paid for insurance on the child(ren). Enter answer on line 8. 8.$ _____

Multiply the number on 4a. by the amount on line 8 to get Father's share of the child(ren)'s health insurance obligation. Enter answer on line 8a. 8a.$ _____

Multiply the number on 4b. by the amount on line 8 to get Mother's share of the child(ren)'s health insurance obligation. Enter answer on line 8b. 8b.$ _____

9. TOTAL MONTHLY OBLIGATION

Add lines 5a, 7a, and 8a to determine Father's total obligation. Enter answer on line 9a. 9a.$ _____

Add lines 5b, 7b, and 8b to determine Mother's total obligation. Enter answer on line 9b. 9b.$ _____

10. ADJUSTMENTS TO GUIDELINES AMOUNT. If you or the other parent are requesting the Court to award a child support amount that is more or less than the child support guidelines, you must complete and file Motion to Deviate from Child Support Guidelines, Florida Family Law Form 12.943.

[ one only]

____ a. Deviation from the guidelines amount is requested. The motion to Deviate from Child Support Guidelines, Florida Family Law Form 12.943, is attached.

____ b. Deviation from the guidelines amount is NOT requested. The Motion to Deviate from Child Support Guidelines, Florida Family Law Form 12.943, is not attached.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} __________________.

Other party or his/her attorney:

Name: _________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: _____________________________________________________ Fax Number: ___________________________________________________________

Date: ____________________ _________________________________ Signature of Party

Printed Name: ___________________ Address: ________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________ Telephone Number: _______________ Fax Number: _____________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ____________, city} _________________, state} _________, phone} _____________, helped name} _______________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(h)(1), MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(b)(1), has been [ filed ]fn and [ the parties ]fn have reached an agreement on some or all of the issues at hand. This form should be typed or printed in black ink. Both parties must sign the agreement and have their signatures witnessed by a [ notary public .]fn After completing this form, you should [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the [ petition ]fn was filed and keep a copy for your records. You should then refer to the instructions for your petition, [ answer ]fn, or answer and [ counterpetition ]fn concerning the procedures for setting a hearing or [ trial (final hearing) .]fn

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes, and the instructions for the petition and/or answer that were filed in this case.

Special notes . . .

With this form you must also file a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g), if not already filed.

This form does not act to transfer title to the property. Such transfer must be done by deed or supplemental final judgment.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT. IN AND FOR _______________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ____________________________ Division: ____________________________

_____________________________ Petitioner,

and

_____________________________ Respondent,

MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

We, Husband's full legal name} _____________________________________, and Wife's full legal name} __________________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true:

1. We were married to each other on date} ____________________________.

2. Because of irreconcilable differences in our marriage (no chance of staying together), we have made this agreement to settle once and for all what we owe to each other and what we can expect to receive from each other. Each of us states that nothing has been held back, that we have honestly included everything we could think of in listing our assets (everything we own and that is owed to us) and our debts (everything we owe), and that we believe the other has been open and honest in writing this agreement.

3. We have both filed a Financial affidavit, Florida Family Law form 12.901(d) or (e). Because we have voluntarily made full and fair disclosure to each other of all our assets and debts, we waive any further disclosure under rule 12.285, Florida Family Law rules of Procedure.

4. Each of us agrees to execute and exchange any papers that might be needed to complete this agreement, including deeds, title certificates, etc.

SECTION I. MARITAL ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

A. Division of Assets. We divide our assets (everything we own and that is owed to us) as follows: Any personal item(s) not listed below is the property of the party currently in possession of the item(s).

1. Wife shall receive as her own and Husband shall have no further rights or responsibilities regarding these assets: ___________________________________________________________________________

ASSETS: DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S) WIFE SHALL RECEIVE (To avoid confusion at a later date, describe each item as clearly as possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether the name on any title/deed/account Current Fair described below is wife's, husband's, or both.) Market Value

Cash (on hand) $ Cash (in banks/credit unions) Stocks/Bonds Notes (money owed to you in writing) Money owed to you (not evidenced by a note) Real estate: (Home) (Other) Business interests Automobiles Boats Other vehicles Retirement plans (Profit Sharing, Pension, IRA, 401(k)s, etc.) Furniture furnishings in home Furniture furnishings elsewhere Collectibles Jewelry Life insurance (cash surrender value) Sporting and entertainment (T.V., stereo, etc.) equipment Other assets

Total Assets to Wife $ ____

2. Husband shall receive as his own and Wife shall have no further rights or responsibilities regarding these assets: ___________________________________________________________________________

ASSETS: DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S) HUSBAND SHALL RECEIVE (To avoid confusion at a later date, describe each item as clearly as possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether the name on any title/deed/account Current Fair described below is wife's, husband's or both.) Market Value

Cash (on hand) $ Cash (in banks/credit unions) Stocks/Bonds Notes (money owed to you in writing) Money owed to you (not evidenced by a note) Real estate: (Home) (Other) Business interests Automobiles Boats Other vehicles Retirement plans (Profit Sharing, Pension, IRA, 401(k)s, etc.) Furniture furnishings in home Furniture furnishings elsewhere Collectibles Jewelry Life insurance (cash surrender value) Sporting and entertainment (T.V., stereo, etc.) equipment Other assets

Total Assets to Husband $ ____

B. Division of Liabilities/Debts. We divide our liabilities (everything we owe) as follows:

1. Wife shall pay as her own the following and will not at any time ask Husband to pay these debts/bills: ___________________________________________________________________________

LIABILITIES: DESCRIPTION OF DEBT(S) TO BE PAID BY WIFE (To avoid confusion at a later date, Monthly Current describe each item as clearly as Payment Amount Owed possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether then name on any mortgage, note, or account described below is wife's, husband's, or both.)

___________________________________________________________________________

Mortgages on real estate: (Home) $ $ (Other) Charge/credit card accounts Auto loan Auto loan Bank/credit union loans Money you owe (not evidenced by a note) Judgments Other

Total debts to be paid by Wife $ $

2. Husband shall pay as his own the following and will not at any time ask Wife to pay these debts/bills: ___________________________________________________________________________

LIABILITIES: DESCRIPTION OF DEBT(S) TO BE PAID BY HUSBAND (To avoid confusion at a later date, Monthly Current describe each item as clearly as Payment Amount Owed possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether the name on any mortgage, note or account described below is wife's, husband's, or both.)

___________________________________________________________________________

Mortgages on real estate: (Home) $ $ (Other) Charge/credit card accounts Auto loan Auto loan Bank/credit union loans Money you owe (not evidenced by a note) Judgments Other

Total debts to be paid by Husband $ $

C. Contingent Assets and Liabilities (listed in Section III of our Financial Affidavits) will be divided as follows: _____________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

SECTION II. SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY). (If you have not agreed on this matter, write ""n/a" on the lines provided.)

[ one only]

____ 1. Each of us forever gives up any right to spousal support (alimony) that we may have.

____ 2. ( ) HUSBAND ( ) WIFE agrees to pay spousal support (alimony) in the amount of $ _____ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning date} ______ and continuing until date or event} _____. Explain type of alimony (temporary, permanent, rehabilitative, and/or lump sum) and any other specifics: _______________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ [ if applies] Life Insurance in the amount of $ _____ to secure the above support, will be provided by the obligor.

SECTION III. CHILD CUSTODY, PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND VISITATION.

(If you have not reached an agreement on any of these issues, write ""n/a" on the lines provided. The Court reserves the right to modify any agreement(s) concerning the minor child(ren).)

1. The parties' minor child(ren) are: Name Birth date ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

2. Parental responsibility for the minor child(ren) will be:

____ a. shared explain any exceptions} ____________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________

____ b. sole to ( ) Father ( )Mother explain reasons} _____________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________

3. The primary residential parent will be ( ) Father ( ) Mother and the other parent will be the secondary residential parent OR the primary residential parent will be ( ) undesignated ( ) rotating.

4. Secondary Residential Responsibility, Visitation, or Time Sharing will be as follows: explain schedule (days and times, holidays, etc.)} ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ explain how parents will communicate regarding arrangements or any other issues relating to the child(ren)} ___________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ explain how parents will handle situations when one parent is unable to meet the schedule, for example, notice requirements to the other parent} ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ explain how the child(ren) will be exchanged, for example, location(s), by third parties, etc.} ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ explain any other agreed-upon arrangements} _______________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

5. Neither parent shall take the child(ren) from the custody of the other parent or any child care provider or other person entrusted by the other parent with the care to the child(ren) without the agreement of the other party during the other party's time of parental responsibility of visitation.

SECTION IV. CHILD SUPPORT

1. ( ) Mother ( ) Father will pay child support under Florida's child support guidelines, section 61.30, Florida Statutes, to the primary residential or sole parent named above. Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g), is completed and attached. This parent shall be obligated to pay child support in the amount of $ _____, every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning date} __________ and continuing until modified by court order, the youngest child turns 18, becomes emancipated, marries, dies, otherwise becomes self-supporting or, if after the age of 18, until date} ______. If the child support amount above deviates from the guidelines by 5% or more, explain the reason(s) here: ________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

2. Child Support Arrearage. There currently is a child support arrearage of $ ______ for retroactive child support and/or $ ______ for previously ordered unpaid child support. The total of $ ______ in child support arrearage shall be repaid at the rate of $ ______ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning date} ______, until paid in full including statutory interest.

3. Health Insurance. ( ) Mother ( ) Father will maintain health insurance coverage for the parties' minor child(ren). The party providing coverage will provide insurance cards to the other party showing coverage. OR ( ) Health insurance is not reasonably available at this time. Any uninsured/unreimbursed medical costs for the minor child(ren) shall be assessed as follows:

____ a. Shared equally by both parents. ____ b. Prorated according to the child support guideline percentages. ____ c. Other explain}: ___________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

As to these uninsured/unreimbursed medical expenses, the party who incurs the expense shall submit a request for reimbursement to the other party within 30 days, and the other party, within 30 days of receipt, shall submit the applicable reimbursement for that expense, according to the schedule of reimbursement set out in this paragraph.

4. Dental Insurance. ( ) Mother ( ) Father will maintain ( ) dental insurance coverage for the parties' minor child(ren). The party providing coverage will provide insurance cards to the other party showing coverage. OR ( ) dental insurance is not reasonably available at this time. Any uninsured/unreimbursed dental costs for the minor child(ren) shall be assessed as follows:

____ a. Shared equally by both parents. ____ b. Prorated according to the child support guideline percentages. ____ c. Other explain} ____________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________

As to these uninsured/unreimbursed dental expenses, the party who incurs the expense shall submit a request for reimbursement to the other party within 30 days, and the other party, within 30 days of receipt, shall submit the applicable reimbursement for that expense, according to the schedule of reimbursement set out in this paragraph.

5. Life Insurance. ( ) Mother ( ) Father shall be required to maintain life insurance coverage for the benefit of the parties' minor child(ren) in the amount of $ ______ until the youngest child turns 18, becomes emancipated, marries, dies, or otherwise becomes self-supporting.

6. IRS Income Tax Deduction(s). the parent granted primary residential responsibility or sole parental responsibility of the parties' minor child(ren) shall have the benefit of any tax deductions for the child(ren) or as follows: explain} _________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ The other parent will convey any applicable IRS form regarding the income tax deduction.

7. Other provisions relating to child support (e.g., uninsured medical/dental expenses, insurance coverage, life insurance to secure child support, orthodontic payments, college fund, etc.): __________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

SECTION V. OTHER

____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

SECTION VI. We have not agreed on the following issues:

____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this settlement agreement. I am satisfied with this agreement and intend to be bound by it.

Dated: ____________________ ___________________________________ Signature of Husband

Printed Name: _____________________ Address: __________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________ Telephone Number: _________________ Fax Number: _______________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ____________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by ____________.

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

____ Personally known ____ Produced identification Type of identification produced _______________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ___________, city} __________________, state} _________________, phone} _____________, helped Husband's name} ____________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this settlement agreement. I am satisfied with this agreement and intend to be bound by it.

Dated: ______________________ __________________________________ Signature of Wife

Printed Name: ____________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________ Telephone Number: ________________ Fax Number: ______________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by ____________.

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

____ Personally known ____ Produced identification Type of identification produced _________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________, city} _______________, state} ___________________, phone} _____________, helped Wife's name} ___________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(h)(2), MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH PROPERTY BUT NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but no Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(b)(2), has been [ filed ]fn and the [ parties ]fn have reached an agreement on some or all of the issues at hand.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. Both parties must sign the agreement and have their signatures witnessed by a [ notary public .]fn After completing this form, you should file the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the [ petition ]fn was filed and keep a copy for your records.

You should then refer to the instructions for your petition, [ answer ,]fn or answer and [ counterpetition ]fn concerning the procedures for setting a hearing or [ trial ]fn ([ final hearing ]fn).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes, and the instructions for the petition and/or answer that were filed in this case.

Special notes . . .

This form does not act to transfer title to the property. Such transfer must be done by deed or supplemental final judgment.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _______________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _____________________________ Division: _____________________________

______________________________, Petitioner,

and

______________________________, Respondent.

MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

We, Husband's full legal name} _____________________________________, and Wife's full legal name} __________________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true:

1. We were married to each other on date} ________________.

2. Because of irreconcilable differences in our marriage (no chance of staying together), we have made this agreement to settle once and for all what we owe to each other and what we can expect to receive from each other. Each of us states that nothing has been held back, that we have honestly included everything we could think of in listing our assets (everything we own and that is owed to us) and our debts (everything we owe), and that we believe the other has been open and honest in writing this agreement.

3. We have both filed a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). Because we have voluntarily made full and fair disclosure to each other of all our assets and debts, we waive any further disclosure under rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

4. Each of us agrees to execute and exchange any papers that might be needed to complete this agreement, including deeds, title certificates, etc.

SECTION I. MARITAL ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

A. Division of Assets. We divide our assets (everything we own and that is owed to us) as follows: Any personal item(s) not listed below is the property of the party currently in possession of the item(s).

1. Wife shall receive as her own and Husband shall have no further rights or responsibilities regarding these assets: ___________________________________________________________________________

ASSETS: DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S) WIFE SHALL RECEIVE (To avoid confusion at a later date, describe each item as clearly as possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether the name on any title/deed/account described below CURRENT FAIR is wife's, husband's, or both.) Market Value

___________________________________________________________________________

Cash (on hand) $ Cash (in banks/credit unions) Stocks/Bonds Notes (money owed to you in writing) Money owed to you (not evidenced by a note) Real estate: (Home) (Other) Business interests Automobiles Boats Other vehicles Retirement plans (Profit Sharing, Pension, IRA, 401(k)s, etc.) Furniture furnishings in home Furniture furnishings elsewhere Collectibles Jewelry Life insurance (cash surrender value) Sporting and entertainment (T.V., stereo, etc.) equipment Other assets

Total Assets to Wife $ _____

2. Husband shall receive as his own and Wife shall have no further rights or responsibilities regarding these assets: ___________________________________________________________________________

ASSETS: DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S) HUSBAND SHALL RECEIVE (To avoid confusion at a later date, describe each item as clearly as possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable includes whether the name on any title/deed/account described below is Current Fair wife's, husband's or both) Market Value

___________________________________________________________________________

Cash (on hand) $ Cash (in banks/credit unions) Stocks/Bonds Notes (money owed to you in writing) Money owed to you (not evidenced by a note) Real estate: (Home) (Other) Business interests Automobiles Boats Other vehicles Retirement plans (Profit Sharing, Pension, IRA, 401(k)s, etc.) Furniture furnishings in home Furniture furnishings elsewhere Collectibles Jewelry Life insurance (cash surrender value) Sporting and entertainment (T.V., stereo, etc.) equipment Other assets

Total Assets to Husband $ _____

B. Division of Liabilities/Debts. We divide our liabilities (everything we owe) as follows:

1. Wife shall pay as her own the following and will not at any time ask Husband to pay these debts/bills: ___________________________________________________________________________

LIABILITIES: DESCRIPTION OF DEBT(S) TO BE PAID BY WIFE (To avoid confusion at a later date, describe each item as clearly as possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether the name on any mortgage, note, or account described Monthly Current below is wife's, husband's, or both.) Payment Amount Owed

___________________________________________________________________________

Mortgages on real estate: (Home) $ $ (Other) Charge/credit card accounts Auto loan Auto loan Bank/credit union loans Money you owe (not evidenced by a note) Judgments Other

Total debts to be paid by Wife $ $

2. Husband shall pay as his own the following and will not at any time ask Wife to pay these debts/bills: ___________________________________________________________________________

LIABILITIES: DESCRIPTION OF DEBT(S) TO BE PAID BY HUSBAND (To avoid confusion at a later date, describe each item as clearly as possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether the name on any mortgage, note or account described Monthly below is wife's, husband's or both.) Payment

___________________________________________________________________________

Mortgages on real estate: (Home) $ $ (Other) Chart/credit card accounts Auto loan Auto loan Bank/credit union loans Money you owe (not evidenced by a note) Judgments Other

Total debts to be paid by Husband $ $

C. Contingent Assets and Liabilities (listed in Section III of our Financial Affidavits) will be divided as follows: _____________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

SECTION II. SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY). (If you have not agreed on this matter, write "n/a" on the lines provided.)

[ one only]

__________________________________________________________________

____ 1. Each of us forever gives up any right to spousal support (alimony) that we may have.

____ 2. ( ) HUSBAND ( ) WIFE agrees to pay spousal support (alimony) in the amount of $ _____ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning date} ______ and continuing until date or event} _______________ Explain type of alimony (temporary, permanent, rehabilitative, and/or lump sum) and any other specifics: ________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ [ if applies] ( ) Life insurance in the amount of $ _____ to secure the above support will be provided by the obligor.

SECTION III. OTHER

__________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

SECTION IV. We have not agreed on the following issues:

__________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this settlement agreement. I am satisfied with this agreement and intend to be bound by it.

Dated: __________________ _____________________________________ Signature of Husband

Printed Name: _______________________ Address: ____________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________ Telephone Number: ___________________ Fax Number: _________________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF __________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _________ by _____________

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

____ Personally known ____ Produced identification Type of identification produced ___________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________________________________, city} ____________________, state} _________, phone} _______________, helped Husband's name} __________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this settlement agreement. I am satisfied with this agreement and intend to be bound by it.

Dated: ____________________ ______________________________ Signature of Wife

Printed Name: ________________ Address: _____________________ City, State, Zip: ____________ Telephone Number: ____________ Fax Number: __________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ______________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by ____________.

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

____ Personally known ____ Produced identification Type of identification produced ____________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________, city} _______________, state} _______________________, phone} ______________________________, helped Wife's name} _____________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(h)(3), MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FOR SIMPLIFIED DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when a Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(a), has been [ filed ]fn and the [ parties ]fn have reached an agreement on all of the issues at hand.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. Both parties must sign the agreement and have their signatures witnessed by a [ notary public .]fn After completing this form, you should [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the [ petition ]fn was filed and keep a copy for your records. You should then refer to the instructions for your petition, [ answer ,]fn or answer and [ counterpetition ]fn concerning the procedures for setting a hearing or [ trial (final hearing) ]fn.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes, and the instructions for the petition which was filed in this case.

Special notes . . .

This form does not act to transfer title to the property. Such transfer must be done by deed or supplemental final judgment.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT. IN AND FOR ____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ______________________________ Division: ______________________________

___________________________, Petitioner,

and

___________________________, Respondent

MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FOR SIMPLIFIED DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

We, Husband's full legal name} _____________________________________, and Wife's full legal name} ____________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true:

1. We were married to each other on date} ___________________.

2. Because of irreconcilable differences in our marriage (no chance of staying together), we have made this agreement to settle once and for all what we owe to each other and what we can expect to received from each other. Each of us states that nothing has been held back, that we have honestly included everything we could think of in listing our assets (everything we own and that is owed to us) and our debts (everything we owe), and that we believe the other has been open and honest in writing this agreement.

3. We have both filed a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). Because we have voluntarily made full and fair disclosure to each other of all our assets and debts, we waive any further disclosure under rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

4. Each of us agrees to execute and exchange any papers that might be needed to complete this agreement, including deeds, title certificates, etc.

SECTION I. MARITAL ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

A. Division of Assets. We divide our assets (everything we own and that is owed to us) as follows: Any personal item(s) not listed below is the property of the party currently in possession of the item(s).

1. Wife shall receive as her own and Husband shall have no further rights or responsibilities regarding these assets:

ASSETS: DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S) WIFE SHALL RECEIVE (To avoid confusion at a later date, describe each item as clearly as possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether the name of any title/deed/account described Current Fair below is wife's, husband's, or both.) Market Value

___________________________________________________________________________

Cash (on hand) $ Cash (in banks/credit unions) Stocks/Bonds Notes (money owed to you in writing) Money owed to you (not evidenced by a note) Real estate: (Home) (Other) Business interests Automobiles Boats Other vehicles Retirement plans (Profit Sharing, Pension, IRA, 401(k)s, etc.) Furniture furnishings in home Furniture furnishings elsewhere Collectibles Jewelry Life insurance (cash surrender value) Sporting and entertainment (T.V., stereo, etc.) equipment Other assets

Total Assets to Wife $ _____

2. Husband shall receive as his own and Wife shall have no further rights or responsibilities regarding these assets: ___________________________________________________________________________

ASSETS: DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S) HUSBAND SHALL RECEIVE (To avoid confusion at a later date, describe each item as clearly as possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether the name on any title/deed/account described below Current Fair is wife's, husband's, or both.) Market Value

___________________________________________________________________________

Cash (on hand) $ Cash (in banks/credit unions) Stocks/Bonds Notes (money owed to you in writing) Money owed to you (not evidenced by a note) Real estate: (Home) (Other) Business interests Automobiles Boats Other vehicles Retirement plans (Profit Sharing, Pension, IRA, 401(k)s, etc.) Furniture furnishings in home Furniture furnishings elsewhere Collectibles Jewelry Life insurance (cash surrender value) Sporting and entertainment (T.V., stereo, etc.) equipment Other assets

Total Assets to Husband $ ____

B. Division of Liabilities/Debts. We divide our liabilities (everything we owe) as follows:

1. Wife shall pay as her own the following and will not at any time ask Husband to pay these debts/bills: ___________________________________________________________________________

LIABILITIES: DESCRIPTION OF DEBT(S) TO BE PAID BY WIFE (To avoid confusion at a later date, describe each item as clearly as possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether the name on any mortgage, note, or account described Monthly Current below is wife's, husband's, or both.) Payment Amount Owed

___________________________________________________________________________

Mortgages on real estate: (Home) $ $ (Other) Charge/credit card accounts Auto loan Auto loan Bank/credit union loans Money you owe (not evidenced by a note) Judgments Other

Total debts to be paid by Wife $ $

2. Husband shall pay as his own the following and will not at any time ask Wife to pay these debts/bills: ___________________________________________________________________________

LIABILITIES: DESCRIPTION OF DEBT(S) TO BE PAID BY HUSBAND (To avoid confusion at a later date, describe each item as clearly as possible. You do not need to list account numbers. Where applicable, include whether the name on any mortgage, note or account described Monthly Current below is wife's, husband's, or both.) Payment Amount Owed

___________________________________________________________________________

Mortgages on real estate: (Home) $ $ (Other) Charge/credit card accounts Auto loan Auto loan Bank/credit union loans Money you owe (not evidenced by a note) Judgments Other

Total debts to be paid by Husband $ $

C. Contingent Assets and Liabilities (listed in Section III of our Financial Affidavits) will be divided as follows: _____________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

SECTION II. SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY). Each of us forever gives up any right to spousal support (alimony) that we may have.

SECTION III. OTHER

__________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this settlement agreement. I am satisfied with this agreement and intend to be bound by it.

Dated: _______________________ ___________________________________ Signature of Husband

Printed Name: _____________________ Address: __________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________ Telephone Number: _________________ Fax Number: _______________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _____________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by ___________.

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

____ Personally known ____ Produced identification Type of identification produced ______________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _______________________________, city} ______________, state} ____________, phone} __________________, helped Husband's name} _______________ who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this settlement agreement. I am satisfied with this agreement and intend to be bound by it.

Dated: ______________________ ___________________________________ Signature of Wife

Printed Name: _____________________ Address: __________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________ Telephone Number: _________________ Fax Number: _______________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ___________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ______ by ________________.

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

____ Personally known ____ Produced identification Type of identification produced ________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________________________________, city}, ___________, state} _____________________, phone} ___________, helped Husband's name} ______________________, who is the [ one only]_ ____ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(i), AFFIDAVIT OF CORROBORATING WITNESS

When should this form be used?

This form may be used to prove residency in a [ dissolution of marriage ]fn proceeding. To get a divorce in Florida, either the husband or the wife must have lived in Florida for at least 6 months before filing the petition. Residency may be proved by a valid Florida driver's license, Florida identification card, or voter's registration card (issue date of document must be at least 6 months before the date the case is actually filed with the clerk of the circuit court), or the testimony or [ affidavit ]fn of someone other than you or your spouse. This form is used to prove residency by affidavit. The person signing this form must know that you have lived in the State of Florida for at least 6 months before the date you signed your [ petition ]fn for dissolution of marriage.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink, and signed in the presence of a [ notary public ]fn. After completing this form, you should [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the petition was filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case, if it is not [ served ]fn on him or her with your initial papers.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see section 61.021, Florida Statutes or section 61.052(2), Florida Statutes.

Special Notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR __________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ___________________________ Division: ___________________________

_____________________________, Petitioner,

and

_____________________________, Respondent.

AFFIDAVIT OF CORROBORATING WITNESS

I, full legal name} ______________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true: I am a resident of the State of Florida. I have known name} ________________ since approximate date} ______, (more than 6 months before the date of filing the petition in this action) and know of my own personal knowledge that this person has resided in the State of Florida for at least 6 months before the date of this affidavit. I have attached a copy of my Florida driver's license or Florida identification card to this affidavit.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this affidavit and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ____________________ __________________________________ Signature of Corroborating Witness

Printed Name: ____________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________ Telephone Number: ________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ____________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by ____________

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

____ Personally known ____ Produced identification Type of identification produced

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ a fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________________________________, city} ____________, state} _________________, phone} _______________, helped name} ______________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.901(j), NOTICE OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

When should this form be used?

This form must completed and filed by each party in all [ paternity ,]fn [ child support ]fn, and [ dissolution of marriage ]fn cases, regardless of whether the case involves a minor child(ren) and/or property.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where your case was filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case, if it is not [ served ]fn on him or her with your initial papers.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in [ "bold underline" ]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see sections 61.052 and 61.13, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

If this is a domestic violence case and you want to keep your address confidential for safety reasons, do not enter the address, telephone, and fax information at the bottom of this form. Instead, file Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address, Florida Family Law Form 12.980(i).

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _______________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ____________________________ Division: ____________________________

_____________________________, Petitioner,

and

_____________________________, Respondent.

NOTICE OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

I, full legal name} _________________________________________________, certify that may social security number is __________________________, as required in section 61.052(7), sections 61.13(9) or (10), section 742.031(3), sections 742.032(1)-(3), and/or sections 742.10(1)-(2), Florida Statutes. Disclosure of my social security number shall be limited to the purpose of administration of the Title IV-D program for child support enforcement.

Dated: ______________________ _________________________________ Signature of Part

Printed Name: ___________________ Address: ________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________

Telephone Number: ____________________ Fax Number: __________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ________________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ________________________________________, city} _______________ state}, ___________ phone} _________________, helped name} ___________, who is the [ one only] ________ petitioner or __________ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.902 (a), ANSWER, WAIVER, AND REQUEST FOR COPY OF FINAL JUDGMENT OF DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE?

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you have been served with a [ petition ]fn for [ dissolution of marriage ]fn and you do not wish to [ contest ]fn it or appear at a [ hearing ]fn. If you file this form, you are admitting all of the allegations in the [ petition, ]fn saying that you do not need to be notified of or appear at the [ final hearing, ]fn and that you would like a copy of the final judgment mailed to you.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink, and your signature should be witnessed by a [ notary public. ]fn After completing this form, you should sign the form before a [ notary public. ]fn You should [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the petition was filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

You have 20 days to [ answer ]fn after being [ served ]fn with the other party's petition. A copy of this form, along with all of the other forms required with this [ answer ]fn and [ waiver, ]fn must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "[ bold underline ]fn" in these instructions are defined there.

Special notes . . .

With this form, you must also file the following:

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (f), if the case involves a dependent or minor child(ren).

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (g), if the case involves a dependent or minor child(ren). (If you do not know the other party's income, you may file this worksheet after his or her financial affidavit has been served on you).

Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(1), or Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(2), if you have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues.

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (j).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on you, if not filed at the time of you file this answer.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of [ service ]fn of the petition on you, if not filed at the time you file this answer, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Child Custody . . . By filing this answer and waiver, you are agreeing to any child custody requests in the petition.

The judge may request a [ parenting evaluation ]fn or appoint a [ guardian ad litem ]fn in your case. This means that a neutral person will review your situation and report to the judge concerning parenting issues. The purpose of such intervention is to be sure that the best interests of the child(ren) is (are) being served. For more information, you may consult section 61.13, Florida Statutes.

Some circuits may require the completion of a [ parenting course ]fn before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant about requirements for parenting courses where you live.

Listed below are some terms with which you should become familiar before completing your answer to the petition. If you do not fully understand any of the terms below or their implications, you should speak with an attorney before going any further.

• [ Shared Parental Responsibility ]fn

• [ Sole Parental Responsibility ]fn

• [ Rotating Custody ]fn

• [ Primary Residential Responsibility ]fn

• [ Secondary Residential Responsibility ]fn

• [ Reasonable visitation ]fn

• [ Specified visitation ]fn

• [ Supervised visitation ]fn

• [ No contact ]fn

Child Support . . . By filing this answer and waiver, you are agreeing to any child support requests in the petition. The court may order one parent to pay [ child support ]fn to assist the other parent in meeting the child(ren)'s material needs. Both parents are required to provide financial support, but one parent may be ordered to pay a portion of his or her support for the child(ren) to the other parent. Florida has adopted guidelines for determining the amount of child support to be paid. These guidelines are based on the combined income of both parents and take into account the financial contributions of both parents. You must file a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e), and your spouse will be required to do the same. From your financial affidavits, you should be able to calculate the amount of child support that should be paid using the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (g). Because the child support guidelines take several factors into consideration, change over time, and vary from state to state, your child support obligation may be more or less than that of other people in seemingly similar situations.

Alimony . . . By filing this answer and waiver, you are agreeing to any alimony requests in the petition. Alimony may be awarded to a spouse if the judge finds that he or she needs it and that the other spouse has the ability to pay it. If you want alimony, you must request it in writing in a counterpetition and should not use this form. If you do not request alimony in writing before the final hearing, it is waived (you may not request it later). You may request either [ permanent alimony, ]fn [ lump sum alimony, ]fn or [ rehabilitative alimony. ]fn

Marital/Nonmarital Assets and Liabilities . . . Florida law requires an equitable distribution of [ marital assets ]fn and [ marital liabilities. ]fn "Equitable" does not necessarily mean "equal." Many factors, including child support, custody, and alimony awards, may lead the court to make an unequal (but still equitable) distribution of assets and liabilities. [ Nonmarital assets ]fn and [ nonmarital liabilities ]fn are those assets and liabilities which the parties agree or the court determines belong to, or are the responsibility of, only one of the parties. By filing this answer and waiver, you are agreeing to any requests in the petition regarding division of assets and liabilities.

Final Judgment . . . You should receive a copy of the Final Judgment in the mail. If, for some reason you do not, you should call the clerk's office to request a copy. It is important for you to review a copy of the Final Judgment in your case to see what happened and to know what you must do and what you are entitled to receive.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _____________ Division: _____________

_____________________________, Petitioner,

and _____________________________, Respondent.

ANSWER, WAIVER, AND REQUEST FOR COPY OF FINAL JUDGMENT OF DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

I, full legal name} __________________________________, Respondent, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

1. Respondent answers the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed in this action and admits all the allegations. By admitting all of the allegations in the petition, respondent agrees to all relief requested in the petition including any requests regarding child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, distribution of marital assets and liabilities, and temporary relief.

2. Respondent waives notice of hearing as well as all future notices in connection with the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, as filed. Respondent also waives appearance at the final hearing.

3. Respondent requests that a copy of the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage entered in this case be forwarded to Respondent at the address below.

4. If this case involves minor child(ren), a completed Uniform Child Custody jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (f), is filed with this answer.

5. A completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (j), is filed with this answer.

6. A completed Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e), is filed with this answer.

I, certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} ___________________________________.

Other party or his/or attorney:

Name: _______________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip: ___________________________________________________

Fax Number: _________________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this answer and waiver and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ___________________________ ___________________________________ Signature of Respondent

Printed Name: ______________________

Address: ___________________________

City, State, Zip: __________________

Telephone Number: __________________

Fax Number: ________________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ____________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _____________ by _____________.

_________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

__________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced _______________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM), HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} _____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _____________________________________, city} ___________ state} ________________, phone} _____________, helped name} _____________, who is the respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.902 (b), ANSWER TO PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you are responding to a [ petition ]fn for [ dissolution of marriage ]fn and you wish to admit or deny all of the allegations in the petition but you do not plan to file a [ counterpetition ]fn seeking relief. You can use this form to answer any petition for dissolution of marriage, whether or not there are minor child(ren).

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a [ notary public. ]fn You should [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the petition was filed and keep a copy for your records. This must be done within 20 days of receiving the petition.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form, along with all of the other forms required with this [ answer, ]fn must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case. You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party's petition. After you file your answer, the case will generally proceed in one of the following two ways:

[ UNCONTESTED ]fn . . . If you file an answer that agrees with everything in the other party's petition and you have complied with [ mandatory disclosure ]fn and filed all of the required papers, either party may call the clerk, [ family law intake staff, ]fn or [ judicial assistant ]fn to set a [ final hearing. ]fn If you request the final hearing, you must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

CONTESTED . . . If you file an answer which disagrees with or denies anything in the petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, either party may file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of [ mediation ]fn before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "[ bold underline ]fn" in these instructions are defined there. See chapter 61, Florida Statutes, for more information.

Special notes . . .

With this form, you must also file the following:

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (f), if the case involves a dependent or minor child(ren).

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (g), if the case involves a dependent or minor child(ren). (If you do not know the other party's income, you may file this worksheet after his or her financial affidavit has been served on you).

Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(1), or Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(2), if you have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues.

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (j).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on you, if not filed at the time you file this answer.)

• Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of [ service ]fn of the petition on you, if not filed at the time you file this answer, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Child Custody . . . If you and your [ spouse ]fn are unable to agree about with whom the child(ren) will live most of the time, a [ judge ]fn will decide for you. The judge will decide the parenting arrangements based on the child(ren)'s best interests. Regardless of whether there is an agreement, the court reserves jurisdiction to modify issues relating to the minor child(ren).

The judge may request a [ parenting evaluation ]fn or appoint a [ guardian ad litem ]fn in your case. This means that a neutral person will review your situation and report to the judge concerning parenting issues. The purpose of such intervention is to be sure that the best interests of the child(ren) is (are) being served. For more information, you may consult section 61.13, Florida Statutes.

Some circuits may require the completion of a [ parenting course ]fn before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant about requirements for parenting courses where you live.

Listed below are some terms with which you should become familiar before completing your answer to the petition. If you do not fully understand any of the terms below or their implications, you should speak with an attorney before going any further.

• [ Shared Parental Responsibility ]fn

• [ Sole Parental Responsibility ]fn

• [ Rotating Custody ]fn

• [ Primary Residential Responsibility ]fn

• [ Secondary Residential Responsibility ]fn

• [ Reasonable visitation ]fn

• [ Specified visitation ]fn

• [ Supervised visitation ]fn

• [ No contact ]fn

Child Support . . . The court may order one parent to pay [ child support ]fn to assist the other parent in meeting the child(ren)'s material needs. Both parents are required to provide financial support, but one parent may be ordered to pay a portion of his or her support for the child(ren) to the other parent. If you are requesting custody or primary residential responsibility for one or more children, you should request child support in a counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902 (c)(1), and you cannot use this form. Florida has adopted guidelines for determining the amount of child support to be paid. These guidelines are based on the combined income of both parents and take into account the financial contributions of both parents. You must file a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e), and your spouse will be required to do the same. From your financial affidavits, you should be able to calculate the amount of child support that should be paid using the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (g). Because the child support guidelines take several factors into consideration, change over time, and vary from state to state, your child support obligation may be more or less than that of other people in seemingly similar situations.

Alimony . . . Alimony may be awarded to a spouse if the judge finds that he or she needs it and that the other spouse has the ability to pay it. If you want alimony, you must request it in writing in a counterpetition. Florida Family Law Form 12.902 (c)(1) (with dependent or minor child(ren)), or Florida Family Law Form 12.902 (c)(2) (no dependent or minor child(ren)). If you do not request alimony in writing before the final hearing, it is waived (you may not request it later).

Marital/Nonmarital Assets and Liabilities . . . Florida law requires an equitable distribution of [ marital assets ]fn and [ marital liabilities ]fn. "Equitable" does not necessarily mean "equal." Many factors, including child support, custody, and alimony awards, may lead the court to make an unequal (but still equitable) distribution of assets and liabilities. [ Nonmarital assets ]fn and [ nonmarital liabilities ]fn are those assets and liabilities which the parties agree or the court determines belong to, or are the responsibility of, only one of the parties. If the parties agree or the court finds an asset or liability to be nonmarital, the judge will not consider it when distributing marital assets and liabilities.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding temporary use of assets, temporary responsibility for liabilities, parental responsibility and visitation with child(ren), temporary child support, or temporary alimony, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.947 (a), or, if there are no dependent or minor child(ren), Motion for Temporary Support with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.948 (a). For more information, see the instructions for these forms.

[ Marital Settlement Agreement ]fn . . . If you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on any or all of the issues, you should file a Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(1), or Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(2). Both parties must sign this agreement before a [ notary public. ]fn Any issues on which you are unable to agree will be considered [ contested ]fn and settled by the judge at the final hearing.

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.990 (c)(1), and Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.990 (c)(2), which the judge may use if your case is contested. If you and your spouse reach an agreement on all of the issues, the judge may use Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren) (Uncontested), Florida Family Law Form 12.990 (b)(1), Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) (Uncontested), Florida Family Law Form 12.990 (b)(2), or Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with No Property and No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.990(b)(3). You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring a [ final judgment ]fn with you to the [ hearing. ]fn If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________ Division: _______________

____________________________________, Petitioner,

and

____________________________________, Respondent,

ANSWER TO PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

I, full legal name}, _____________________________, Respondent, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

1. I agree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, admit those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} __________________________________

2. I disagree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, deny those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} ________________________________

3. I currently am unable to admit or deny the allegations raised in the following paragraphs due to lack of information: indicate section and paragraph number} ____________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________.

4. If this case involves a dependent or minor child(ren), a completed Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law form 12.901 (f), is filed with this answer.

5. If this case involves a dependent or minor child(ren), a completed Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (g), is [ one only] ( ) filed with this answer or ( ) will be filed after the other party serves his or her financial affidavit.

6. A completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (j), is filed with the answer.

7. A completed Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e), [ one only] ( ) is filed with this answer or ( ) will be timely filed.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} _____________________________________.

Petitioner or his/her attorney:

Name: _________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________

City, State, Zip: _____________________________

Fax Number: ___________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this answer and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: _____________________________ ____________________________________ Signature of Respondent

Printed Name: _____________________

Address: __________________________

City, State, Zip: _________________

Telephone Number: _________________

Fax Number: _______________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _________________________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before on ____________ by ________________.

___________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

___________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced ____________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade a nonlawyer} ______________________________ located at street} ____________________________________________________ city} ____________________ state}___________ phone} ______________ helped name} ______________________, who is the respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.902 (c)(1), ANSWER TO PETITION AND COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you are responding to a [ petition ]fn for [ dissolution ]fn of [ marriage ]fn with dependent or minor child(ren) and you are asking the court for something not contained in the [ petition. ]fn The [ answer ]fn portion of this form is used to admit or deny the allegations contained in the petition, and the [ counterpetition ]fn portion of this forth is used to ask for whatever you want the court to do for you.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a [ notary public. ]fn You should [ file ]fn the original with the [ clerk of the circuit court ]fn in the county where the petition was filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party's petition. A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party. After you file an answer and counterpetition your case will then generally proceed as follows:

The other party is required to answer your counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902 (d).

[ UNCONTESTED ]fn . . . Your dissolution is uncontested if you and your spouse agree on all issues raised in the petition and the counterpetition. If this is the case, and you and the other party have complied with [ mandatory disclosure ]fn and filed all of the required papers, either party may call the clerk, [ family law intake staff, ]fn or [ judicial assistant ]fn to set a final hearing. If you request the hearing, you must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

[ CONTESTED ]fn . . . Your dissolution is contested if you and your spouse disagree on any issues raised in the petition or counterpetition. If you are unable to settle the disputed issues, either party may file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of [ mediation ]fn before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for [ trial ]fn (final hearing).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms.

The words that are in [" bold underline "]fn in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

With this form, you must also file the following:

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (f).

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, N Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (g). (If you do not know the other party's income, you may file this worksheet after his or her financial affidavit has been served on you.)

Affidavit of Corroborating Witness, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (i) OR photocopy of current Florida driver's license, Florida identification card, or voter's registration card (issue date of copied document must be at least six months before date case is actually filed with the clerk of the circuit court).

Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(1), if you have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues.

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on you, if not filed at the time you file this answer.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of [ service ]fn of the petition on you, if not filed at the time you file this answer, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Child Custody . . . If you and your [ spouse ]fn are unable to agree about with whom the child(ren) will live most of the time, a [ judge ]fn will decide for you. The judge will decide the parenting arrangements based on the child(ren)'s best interests. Regardless of whether there is an agreement, the court reserves jurisdiction to modify issues relating to the minor child(ren).

The judge may request a [ parenting evaluation ]fn or appoint a [ guardian ad litem ]fn in your case. This means that a neutral person will review your situation and report to the judge concerning parenting issues. The purpose of such intervention is to be sure that the best interests of the child(ren) is (are) being served. For more information, you may consult section 61.13, Florida Statutes.

Some circuits may require the completion of a [ parenting course ]fn before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant about requirements for parenting courses or mediation where you live.

Listed below are some terms with which you should become familiar before completing your petition. If you do not fully understand any of the terms below or their implications, you should speak with an attorney before going any further.

• [ Shared Parental Responsibility ]fn

• [ Sole Parental Responsibility ]fn

• [ Rotating Custody ]fn

• [ Primary Residential Responsibility ]fn

• [ Secondary Residential Responsibility ]fn

• [ Reasonable visitation ]fn

• [ Specified visitation ]fn

• [ Supervised visitation ]fn

• [ No contact ]fn

Child Support . . . The court may order one parent to pay [ child support ]fn to assist the other parent in meeting the child(ren)'s material needs. Both parents are required to provide financial support, but one parent may be ordered to pay a portion of his or her support for the child(ren) to the other parent. If you are requesting custody or primary residential responsibility for one or more children, you should request child support in your counterpetition. Florida has adopted guidelines for determining the amount of child support to be paid. These guidelines are based on the combined income of both parents and take into account the financial contributions of both parents. You must file a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (d) or (e), and your spouse will be required to do the same. From your financial affidavits, you should be able to calculate the amount of child support that should be paid using the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (g). Because the child support guidelines take several factors into consideration, change over time, and vary from state to state, your child support obligation may be more or less than that of other people in seemingly similar situations.

Alimony . . . Alimony may be awarded to a spouse if the judge finds that he or she needs it and that the other spouse has the ability to pay it. If you want alimony, you must request it in writing in your counterpetition. If you do not request alimony in writing before the final hearing, it is waived (you may not request it later). You may request either [ permanent alimony, ]fn [ lump sum alimony, ]fn or [ rehabilitative alimony. ]fn

Marital/Nonmarital Assets and Liabilities . . . Florida law requires an equitable distribution of [ marital assets ]fn and [ marital liabilities. ]fn "Equitable" does not necessarily mean "equal." Many factors, including child support, custody, and alimony awards, may lead the court to make an unequal (but still equitable) distribution of assets and liabilities. [ Nonmarital assets ]fn and [ nonmarital liabilities ]fn are those assets and liabilities which the parties agree or the court determines belong to, or are the responsibility of, only one of the parties. If the parties agree or the court finds an asset or liability to be nonmarital, the judge will not consider it when distributing marital assets and liabilities.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding temporary use of assets, temporary responsibility for liabilities, parental responsibility and visitation with child(ren), temporary child support, or temporary alimony, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.947 (a). For more information, see the instructions for that form.

Marital Settlement Agreement . . . If you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on any or all of the issues, you should file a Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1). Both parties must sign this agreement before a notary public Any issues on which you are unable to agree will be considered contested and settled by the judge at the final hearing.

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.990(c)(1), which the judge may use if your case is contested. If you and your spouse reach an agreement on all of the issues, the judge may use a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren) (Uncontested), Florida Family Law Form 12.990(b)(1). You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring a final judgment with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, squ; Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

___________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE __________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR _________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ____________________ Division: ____________________ ________________________________, Petitioner/Counterrespondent,

and

________________________________, Respondent/Counterpetitioner.

ANSWER TO PETITION AND COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

I, full legal name} _______________________________, Respondent being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

ANSWER TO PETITION

1. I agree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, admit those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} ________________

2. I disagree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, deny those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} ___________

3. I currently am unable to admit or deny the following paragraphs due to lack of information: indicate section and paragraph number} _________ ______________________________________________________________________

COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH MINOR CHILD(REN)

1. JURISDICTION/RESIDENCE ( ) Husband ( ) Wife ( ) Both has (have) lived in Florida for at least 6 months before the filling of this Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

2. Petitioner [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service. Respondent [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service.

3. MARRIAGE HISTORY Date of marriage: month, day, year} ________________________________ Place of marriage: city, state, country} ____________________________ Date of separation: month, day, year} __________( if approximate)

4. DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) [ all that apply]

___ a. The wife is pregnant. Baby is due on: date} _________________

___ b. The minor (under 18) child(ren) common to both parties are:

Name Place of Birth Birth date Sex ________________ _________________ ___________ __________ ________________ _________________ ___________ __________ ________________ _________________ ___________ __________ ________________ _________________ ___________ __________ ________________ _________________ ___________ __________ ________________ _________________ ___________ __________

___ c. The minor child(ren) born or conceived during the marriage who are not common to both parties are:

Name Place of Birth Birth Date Sex ________________ _______________ ___________ __________ ________________ _______________ ___________ __________

The birth father(s) of the above minor child(ren) is (are) name and address} ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

___ d. The child(ren) common to both parties who are 18 or older but who are dependent upon the parties due to a mental or physical disability are:

Name Place of Birth Birth date Sex _________________ _________________ ____________ __________ _________________ _________________ ____________ __________

5. A completed Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(f), is filed with this counterpetition. You must complete and attach this form in a dissolution of marriage with minor child(ren).

6. A completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(J), is filed with this counterpetition.

7. This counterpetition for dissolution of marriage should be granted because: [ one only]

___ a. The marriage is irretrievably broken.

___ b. One of the parties has been adjudged mentally incapacitated for a period of 3 years prior to the filing of this counterpetition. A copy of the Judgment of Incapacity is attached.

SECTION I. MARITAL ASSETS AND LIABILITIES [ one only]

___ 1. There are no marital assets or liabilities.

___ 2. There are marital assets or liabilities. All marital and nonmarital assets and liabilities are (or will be) listed in the financial affidavits, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), to be filed in this case.

[ all that apply]

___ a. All marital assets and liabilities have been divided by a written agreement between the parties, which is attached to be incorporated into the final judgment of dissolution of marriage. (The parties may use Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1)).

___ b. The Court should determine how the assets and liabilities of this marriage are to be distributed, under section 61.075, Florida Statutes. ___ c. Respondent should be awarded an interest in Petitioner's property because:

SECTION II. SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY)

[ one only]

___ 1. Respondent forever gives up his/her right to spousal support (alimony) from Petitioner.

___ 2. Respondent requests that the Court order Petitioner to pay the following spousal support (alimony) and claims that he or she has a need for the support that he or she is requesting and Petitioner has the ability to pay that support. Spousal support (alimony) is requested in the amount of $ ___ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning date} ______ and continuing until date or event} ___________________ Explain why the court should order Petitioner to pay and any specific request(s) for type of alimony (temporary, permanent, rehabilitative, and/or lump sum): _____________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

[ if applies] ( ) Respondent requests life insurance on Petitioner's life, provided by Petitioner, to secure such support.

SECTION III. CHILD CUSTODY, PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND VISITATION

1. The minor child(ren) currently reside(s) with ( ) Mother ( ) Father ( ) Other: explain}________________________________________________

2. Parental Responsibility. It is in the child(ren)'s best interests that parental responsibility be:

[ one only]

___ a. shared by both Father and Mother.

___ b. awarded solely to ( ) Father ( ) Mother. Shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child(ren) because: ______ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________

3. Primary Residential Parent (Custody). It is in the best interests of the child(ren) that the primary residential parent be ( ) Father ( ) Mother ( ) undesignated ( ) rotating because: ____________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

4. Visitation or Time Sharing. Respondent requests that the court order

[ all that apply]

___ a. no visitation.

___ b. limited visitation.

___ c. supervised visitation.

___ d. supervised or third-party exchange of child(ren).

___ e. visitation or time sharing as determined by the Court.

___ f. a visitation or time sharing schedule as follows:

Explain the requested visitation or time sharing schedule: __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

Explain why this request is in the best interests of the child(ren): __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

Has the above visitation or time sharing schedule been agreed to by the parties? ( ) yes ( ) no

SECTION IV. CHILD SUPPORT

[ all that apply]

___ 1. Respondent requests that the Court award, child support as determined by Florida's child support guidelines, section 61.30, Florida Statutes. A completed Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law form 12.901(g), is, or will be filed. Such support should be ordered retroactive to:

___ a. the date of separate date}_____ ___ b. the date of the filing of this petition. ___ c. other date} _____ explain} ________________________________

___ 2. Respondent requests that the Court award child support to be paid beyond the age of 18 years because:

___ a. the following child(ren) name(s)} _______________________ is (are) dependent because of a mental or physical incapacity which began before the age of 18. explain}

___ b. the following child(ren) name(s)} _______________________ is (are) dependent in fact and is (are) in high school while he/she (they) are between the ages of 18 and 19; said child(ren) is (are) performing in good faith with reasonable expectation of graduation before the age of 19.

___ 3. Respondent requests that the Court award a child support amount that is more than or less than Florida's child support guidelines. Respondent understands that Motion to Deviate from Child Support Guidelines, Florida Family Law form 12.943, must be filed before the court will consider this request.

___ 4. Respondent requests that medical/dental insurance coverage for the minor child(ren) be provided by:

[ one only]

___ a. Father.

___ b. Mother.

___ 5. Respondent requests that uninsured medical/dental expenses for the child(ren) be paid:

[ one only]

___ a. by Father. ___ b. by Mother. ___ c. by Father and Mother each paying one-half. ___ d. according to the percentages in the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g). ___ e. Other explain}

___ 6. Respondent requests that life insurance to secure child support be provided by:

___ a. Father. ___ b. Mother. ___ c. Both.

SECTION V. OTHER

___ 1. [If Respondent is also the Wife, [ one only] ( ) yes ( ) no Respondent Wife wants to be known by her former name, which was full legal name} ___________________________________

___ 2. Other relief specify} ___________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

SECTION VI. RESPONDENT'S/COUNTERPETITIONER'S REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking the Court to include in the final judgment of dissolution of marriage.)

Respondent requests that the Court enter an order dissolving the marriage and: [ all that apply]

___ 1. distributing marital assets and liabilities as requested in Section I of this petition;

___ 2. awarding spousal support (alimony) as requested in Section II of this petition;

___ 3. establishing the primary residential parent (custody), parental responsibility, and visitation for the dependent or minor child(ren) common to both parties, as requested in Section III of this petition

___ 4. establishing child support for the dependent or minor child(ren) common to both parties, as requested in Section IV of this section;

___ 5. restoring Wife's former name as requested in Section V of this petition

___ 6. awarding other relief as requested in Section V of this petition; and any other terms the Court deems necessary.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date}__________

Petitioner or his/her attorney.

Name: ____________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________________________________________________ Fax Number: ______________________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this answer and counterpetition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: _____________________________ ___________________________________ Signature of Respondent/Counter petitioner

Printed Name: _____________________ Address: __________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________ Telephone Number: _________________ Fax Number: _______________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _____________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _________ by __________.

____________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA ____________________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced _____________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal names and trade name of nonlawyer} _______________________ a nonlawyer, located at street} ________________________________________ city} ____________________, state} ______, phone} ________________ helped name} ___________________________, who is the respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.902 (c)(2), ANSWER TO PETITION AND COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH PROPERTY BUT NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you are responding to a petition for dissolution of marriage with property but no dependent or minor child(ren) and you are asking the court for something not contained in the petition The answer portion of this form is used to admit or deny the allegations contained in the petition, and the counterpetition portion of this form is used to ask for whatever you want the court to do for you.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the petition was filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party's petition. A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party. After you file an answer and counterpetition your case will then generally proceed as follows

The other party is required to answer your counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902(d).

UNCONTESTED . . . Your dissolution is uncontested if you and your spouse agree on all issues raised in the petition and the counterpetition. If this is the case, and you and the other party have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers, either party may call the clerk, family law intake staff , or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. If you request the hearing, you must notify the other party of the may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form. CONTESTED . . . Your dissolution is contested if you and your spouse disagree on any issues raised in the petition or counterpetition. If you are unable to settle the disputed issues, either party may file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of mediation before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "bold underline" in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

With this form, you must also file the following:

Affidavit of Corroborating Witness, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(i) OR photocopy of current Florida driver's license, Florida identification card, or voter's registration card (issue date of copied document must be at least six months before date case is actually filed with the clerk of the circuit court).

Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(2), if you have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues.

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on you, if not filed at the time you file this answer.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on you, if not filed at the time you file this answer, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Alimony . . . Alimony may be awarded to a spouse if the judge finds that he or she needs it and that the other spouse has the ability to pay it. If you want alimony, you must request it in writing in your counterpetition. If you do not request alimony in writing before the final hearing, it is waived (you may not request it later). You may request either permanent alimony, lump sum alimony, or rehabilitative alimony.

Marital/Nonmarital Assets and Liabilities . . . Florida law requires an equitable distribution of marital assets and marital liabilities. "Equitable" does not necessarily mean "equal." Many factors, including alimony awards, may lead the court to make an unequal (but still equitable) distribution of assets and liabilities. Nonmarital assets and nonmarital liabilities are those assets and liabilities which the parties agree or the court determines belong to, or are the responsibility of, only one of the parties. If the parties agree or the court finds an asset or liability to be nonmarital, the judge will not consider it when distributing marital assets and liabilities.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding temporary use of assets, temporary responsibility for liabilities, or temporary alimony, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.948(a). For more information, see the instructions for that form.

Marital Settlement Agreement . . . If you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on any or all of the issues, you should file a Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(2). Both parties must sign this agreement before a notary public. Any issues on which you are unable to agree will be considered contested and settled by the judge at the final hearing.

Final Judgment Forms . . . These family law forms contain a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.990(c)(2), which the judge may use if your case is contested. If you and your spouse reach an agreement on all of the issues, the judge may use a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) (Uncontested), Florida Family Law Form 12.990(b)(2). You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring a final judgment with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

_____________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ___________JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR_______________COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No: _________________________ Division: _________________________

_________________________________, Petitioner/Counterrespondent,

and

_________________________________, Respondent/Counterpetitioner.

ANSWER TO PETITIONER AND COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH PROPERTY BUT NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

I, full legal name} ________________________________, Respondent, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

ANSWER TO PETITION

1. I agree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, admit those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} ________ __________________________.

2. I disagree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised numbered paragraphs in the Petition, and, therefore, deny those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} _______________ _____________.

3. I currently am unable to admit or deny the following paragraphs due lack of information: indicate section and paragraph number} ____________________________________________________________________.

COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH PROPERTY BUT NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

1. JURISDICTION/RESIDENCE ( ) Husband ( ) Wife ( ) Both has (have) lived in Florida for at least 6 months before the filing of this Petition for dissolution of Marriage.

2. Petitioner [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service. Respondent [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service.

3. MARRIAGE HISTORY Date of marriage: month, day, year} _________________________________ Place of marriage: city, state, country}_____________________________ Date of separation: month, day year} ________________________________

4. THERE IS NO MINOR (UNDER 18) OR DEPENDENT CHILD(REN) COMMON TO BOTH PARTIES AND THE WIFE IS NOT PREGNANT.

5. A completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), is filed with this counterpetition.

6. This counterpetition for dissolution of marriage should be granted because:

[ one only]

__ a. The marriage is irretrievably broken.

__ b. One of the parties has been adjudged mentally incapacitated for a period 13 years prior to the filing of this counterpetition. A copy of the Judgment of Incapacity is attached.

SECTION I. MARITAL ASSETS AND LIABILITIES [ one only]

__ 1. There are no marital assets or liabilities.

__ 2. There are marital assets or liabilities. All marital and nonmarital assets and liabilities are (or will be) listed in the financial affidavits, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), to be filed in this case.

[ all that apply]

__ a. All marital assets and liabilities have been agreement between the parties, which is attached the final judgment of dissolution of marriage. (The parties may use Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(2)).

__ b. The Court should determine how the assets and liabilities of this marriage are to be distributed, under section 61.075, Florida Statutes.

__ c. Respondent should awarded an interest in Petitioner's property because: __________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________

SECTION II. SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY)

[ one only]

__ 1. Respondent forever gives up his/her right to spousal support (alimony) from Petitioner.

__ 2. Respondent requests that the Court order Petitioner to pay the following spousal support (alimony) and claims that he or she has a need for the support that he or she is requesting and Petitioner has the ability to pay that support. Spousal support (alimony) is requested in the amount of $ _____ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning date} ______ and continuing until date or event} _________________________________________________________.

Explain why the Court should order Petitioner to pay and any specific request(s) for type of alimony (temporary, permanent, rehabilitative, and/or lump sum): ______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ [ if applies] ( ) Respondent requests life insurance on Petitioner's life, provided by Petitioner, to secure such support.

SECTION III. OTHER

1. [If Respondent is also the Wife, one only] ( ) yes ( ) no Respondent/Wife wants to be known by her former name, which was full legal name} _______________________________________.

2. Other relief specify}: _________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

SECTION IV. RESPONDENTS/COUNTERPETITIONER'S REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking the Court to include in the final judgment of dissolution of marriage.)

Respondent requests that the Court enter an order dissolving the marriage and:

[ all that apply]

__ 1. distributing marital assets and liabilities as requested in Section I of this petition;

__ 2. awarding spousal support (alimony) as requested in Section II of this petition;

__ 3. restoring Wife's former name as requested in section III of this

__ 4. awarding other relief as requested in Section III of this petition; and any other terms the Court deems necessary.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( )hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} ________________________________________________________________.

Petitioner or his/her attorney: Name: __________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ City, State Zip: _______________________________________________________ Fax Number: ____________________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this answer and counterpetition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: _______________________ __________________________________ signature of Respondent/ Counterpetitioner

Printed Name: ____________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________ Telephone Number: ________________ Fax Number: ______________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ____________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ___________ by ____________

______________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

______________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.] ___ Personally known ___ Production identification Type of identification produced ___________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS [ FILL IN ALL BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a non lawyer, located at street} _____________________________________, city} __________________________ state} __________ phone}____________, helped name} ________________________, who is the respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.902(c)(3), ANSWER TO PETITION AND COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) OR PROPERTY

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you are responding to a petition for dissolution of marriage with no dependent or minor child(ren) or property and you are asking the court for something not contained in the petition. The answer portion of this form is used to admit or deny the allegations contained in the petition, and the counterpetition portion of this form is used to ask for whatever you want the court to do for you such as restoring your former name.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the petition was filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party's petition. A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party. After you file an answer and counterpetition your case will then generally proceed as follows:

The other party is required to answer your counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902(d).

UNCONTESTED . . . Your dissolution is uncontested if you and your spouse agree on all issues raised in the petition and the counterpetition. If this is the case, and you and the other party have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers, either party may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. If you request the hearing, you must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

CONTESTED . . . Your dissolution is contested if you and your spouse disagree on any issues raised in the petition or counterpetition If you are unable to settle the disputed issues, either party may file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of mediation before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "bold underline" in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

With this form, you must also file the following:

Affidavit of Corroborating Witness, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(i) OR photocopy of current Florida driver's license, Florida identification card, or voter's registration card (issue date of copied document must be at least six months before date case is actually filed with the clerk of the circuit court).

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on you, if not filed at the time you file this answer.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on you, if not filed at the time you file this answer, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Alimony . . . By using this form, you are forever giving up your rights to spousal support (alimony) from petitioner. Alimony may be awarded to a spouse if the judge finds that he or she needs it and that the other spouse has the ability to pay it. If you want alimony, you must request it in writing in an appropriate answer and counterpetition (see the other answer and counterpetition forms included in these forms for the appropriate form).

Marital/Nonmarital Assets and Liabilities . . . By using this form, you are stating that there are no marital assets and/or liabilities.

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage with No Property or Minor Child(ren) (Uncontested), Florida Family Law Form 12.990(b)(3). You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring a final judgment with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

______________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE __________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FORM THE _____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________________ Division: _______________________

_______________________________________, Petitioner/Counterrespondent, and

_______________________________________, Respondent/Counterpetitioner.

ANSWER TO PETITION AND COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) OR PROPERTY

I, full legal name} _______________________________, Respondent, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

ANSWER TO PETITION

1. I agree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, admit those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} __________ _____________________________________________________________________.

2. I disagree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, deny those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} ___________ _____________________________________________________________________.

3. I currently am unable to admit or deny the following paragraphs due to lack of information: indicate section and paragraph number} _____________________________________________________________________.

COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH NO DEPENDENT OR PENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) OR PROPERTY

1. JURISDICTION/RESIDENCE ( ) Husband ( ) Wife ( ) Both had (have) lived in Florida for at least 6 months before the filing of this Petition for dissolution of Marriage.

2. Petitioner [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service. Respondent one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service.

3. MARRIAGE HISTORY Date of marriage: most, day, year} __________________________________ Place of marriage: city, state, country} ____________________________ Date of separation: month, day, year} _________([ ] if approximate)

4. THERE ARE NO MINOR (under 18) OR DEPENDENT CHILD(REN) COMMON TO BOTH PARTIES AND THE WIFE IS NOT PREGNANT.

5. A completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law form 12.901(j), is filed with this counterpetition.

6. THIS COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE SHOULD BE GRANTED BECAUSE:

[ one only]

__ a. The marriage is irretrievably broken.

__ b. One of the parties had been adjudged mentally incapacitated for a period of 3 years before the filing of this counterpetition. A copy of the Judgment of Incapacity is attached.

7. THERE ARE NO MARITAL ASSETS OR LIABILITIES.

8. RESPONDENT FOREVER GIVES UP HIS/HER RIGHTS TO SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY) FROM PETITIONER.

9. [If Respondent is also the Wife, one only] ( ) yes ( ) no Respondent/Wife wants to be known by her former name, which was full legal name} _________________________________________________________.

10. Other relief specify}: ______________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

RESPONDENT'S/COUNTERPETITIONER'S REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking the Court to include in the final judgment of dissolution of marriage.) Respondent requests that the Court enter an order dissolving the marriage and:

[ all that apply]

__ 1. restoring Wife's former name as specified in paragraph 9 of this petition;

__ 2. awarding other relief as specified in paragraph 10 of this petition; and any other terms the Court deems necessary.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} ________________________.

Petitioner or his/her attorney: Name: ________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ____________________________________________________ Fax Number: __________________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this answer and counterpetition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: _________________________ _____________________________ Signature of Respondent

Printed Name: __________________ Address: _______________________ City, State, Zip: ______________ Telephone Number: ______________ Fax Number: ____________________ STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ___________ by __________

___________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

___________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.] __ Personally known __ Produced identification Type of identification produced __________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a non lawyer, located at street} ________________________________ city} _____________________ State} ____________ phone} _____________, helped name} _____________________________, who is the respondent fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.902(d) ANSWER TO COUNTERPETITION When should this form be used?

This form should be used by a petitioner to respond to the respondent's counterpetition. You should use this form to admit or deny the allegations contained in the counterpetition.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the case is filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party's counterpetition. A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party. To proceed with your case, you should refer to the instructions to your petition regarding setting a case for trial under "UNCONTESTED" and "CONTESTED."

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "bold underline" in these instructions are defined there.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

_____________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR __________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No: __________________________ Division: _________________________

___________________________________, Petitioner/Counterrespondent,

and ___________________________________, Respondent/Counterpetitioner.

ANSWER TO COUNTERPETITION

I, full legal name} _____________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

1. I agree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, admit those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} ____________ ____________________________________.

2. I disagree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, deny those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} ______ _____________________________________________________________________.

3. I am currently unable to admit or deny the following paragraphs due to to lack of information: indicate section and paragraph number} ______ _____________________________________________________________________.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} _______.

Respondent or his/her attorney: Name: _________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: _____________________________________________________ Fax Number: ___________________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this answer and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ___________________________ _________________________________ Signature of Petitioner

Printed Name: ____________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________ Telephone Number: ________________ Fax Number: ______________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ___________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _________ by _______________.

________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

_______________________________ [Print, type, or commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced __________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks] I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} __________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ___________________________________, city} ______________________, state} __________ phone} ___________, helped name} __________________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.903(a), SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION TO MODIFY CUSTODY OR VISITATION AND OTHER RELIEF

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you are asking the court to change current court ordered custody or visitation arrangements. The court can change an order granting shared parental responsibility, including a primary residential responsibility /custody order if the judge finds that there has been a substantial change in the circumstances of the parties and the change is in the child(ren)'s best interests.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file this form in the county where the original order was entered. If the order was entered in another state, or if the child(ren) live(s) in another state, you should speak with an attorney about where to file this form. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

For your case to proceed, you must properly notify the other party in your case of the supplemental petition. If you know where he or she lives, you should use personal service. If you absolutely do not know where he or she lives, you may use constructive service. You may also be able to use constructive service if the other party resides in another state or country. However, if constructive service is used, other than granting a divorce, the court may only grant limited relief. For more information on constructive service, see Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), and Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b). If the other party is in the military service of the United States, additional steps for service may be required. See, for example, Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.912(a). In sum, the law regarding constructive service and service on an individual in the military service is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding these issues.

If personal service is used, the other party has 20 days to answer after being served with your supplemental petition. Your case will then generally proceed in one of the following three ways:

DEFAULT . . . If after 20 days, no answer has been filed, you may file a Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(a), with the clerk of court. Then, if you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

UNCONTESTED . . . If the respondent files an answer that agrees with everything in your supplemental petition or an answer and waiver, and you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

CONTESTED . . . If the respondent files an answer or an answer and counterpetition, which disagrees with or denies anything in your supplemental petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, you should file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of mediation before a final hearing may be set. Then you should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing). If the respondent files an answer and counterpetition, you should answer the counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902(d).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "bold underline" in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

With this form, you must also file the following:

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(f).

Child Support guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g). (If you do not know the other party's income, you may file this worksheet after his or her financial affidavit has been served on you.)

Affidavit of Indigency, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(c), if you are requesting that filing fees be waived. Settlement Agreement, if you have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues. Although there is no form for this in these Florida Family Law Forms, you may construct a settlement agreement using the pertinent sections contained in marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1).

Notice of Social Security Number, [ ] Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), if not previously filed.

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the supplemental petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the supplemental petition.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the supplemental petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the supplemental petition, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Child Custody . . . If you and the respondent are unable to agree about with whom the child(ren) will live most of the time, a judge will decide for you. The judge will decide the parenting arrangements based on the child(ren)'s best interests. Regardless of whether there is an agreement, the court reserves jurisdiction to modify issues relating to the minor child(ren).

The judge may request a parenting evaluation or appoint a guardian ad litem in your case. This means that a neutral person will review your situation and report to the judge concerning parenting issues. The purpose of such intervention is to be sure that the best interests of the child(ren) is (are) being served. For more information, you may consult section 61.13, Florida Statutes.

Some circuits may require the completion of a parenting course before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant about requirements for parenting courses or mediation where you live.

Listed below are some terms with which you should become familiar before completing your supplemental petition. If you do not fully understand any of the terms below or their implications, you should speak with an attorney before going any further.

Shared Parental Responsibility

Shared Sole Parental Responsibility

Shared Rotating Custody

Shared Primary Residential Responsibility

Shared Secondary Residential Responsibility

Shared Reasonable visitation

Shared Specified visitation

Shared Supervised visitation

Shared No contact

Child Support . . . The court may order one parent to pay child support to assist the other parent in meeting the child(ren)'s material needs. Both parents are required to provide financial support, but one parent may be ordered to pay a portion of his or her support for the child(ren) to the other parents. If you are requesting custody or primary residential responsibility for one or more children, you should request child support in your supplemental petition. Florida has adopted guidelines for determining the amount of child support to be paid. These guidelines are based on the combined income of both parents and take into account the financial contributions of both parents. You must file a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), and the other parent will be required to do the same. From your financial affidavits, you should be able to calculate the amount of child support that should be paid using the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g). Because the child support guidelines take several factors into consideration, change over time, and vary from state to state. your child support obligation may be more or less than that of other people in seemingly similar situations.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding parental responsibility and visitation with child(ren), or temporary child support, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.947(a). For more information, see the instructions for that form.

Settlement Agreement . . . If you and the respondent are able to reach an agreement on any or all of the issues, you should file a Settlement Agreement. Although there is no form for this in these Florida Family Law Forms, you may construct a settlement agreement using the pertinent sections contained in Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1). Both parties must sign this agreement before a notary public. Any issues on which you are unable to agree will be considered contested and settled by the judge at the final hearing.

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Supplemental Final Judgment of Modification of Parental Responsibility/Visitation, Florida Family Law Form 12.993 (a), which the judge may use. You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring it with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

_________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ___________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No: _______________________________ Division: ______________________________

_________________________________, Petitioner,

and

_________________________________, Respondent.

SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION TO MODIFY CUSTODY OR VISITATION AND OTHER RELIEF

I, full legal name} _________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

1. The parties to this action were granted a final judgment of ( ) dissolution of marriage ( ) paternity on date} ____________ A copy of the final judgment and any modification(s) is attached.

2. Paragraph(s) ____________ of the ( ) final judgment or ( ) most recent modification thereof describes the present custody and/or visitation ordered.

3. Since the final judgment or last modification thereof, there has been a substantial change in circumstances, requiring a modification in custody or visitation. Those substantial changes are as follows: explain} ____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

4. I ask the Court to modify the ( ) custody ( ) visitation as follows: explain} ____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

5. This modification is in the best interests of the child(ren) because: explain} ____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

6. If the requested modification is granted, Petitioner requests that child support be modified, consistent with the modification of custody or visitation. A Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g), is, or will be filed.

7. A completed Financial Affidavit Florida family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), is, or will be, filed.

8. A completed Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(f), is filed with this petition.

9. If not previously filed in this case, completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), is filed with this petition.

10. Other: _______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

I, understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ___________________________ _____________________________________ Signature of Party Printed Name: _______________________ Address: ____________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________ Telephone Number: ___________________ Fax Number: _________________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by _____________.

_____________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

_____________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.] ___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced _______________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT HIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks] I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ____________________________________, city}______________________ state} _____________ phone} __________, helped name}_____________________, who is the [ one only]___________ petitioner or _____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.903(b), SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION FOR MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you are asking the court to change a current court ordered child support obligation. The court can change a child support order if the judge finds that there has been a substantial change in the circumstances of the parties and the change is in the child(ren)'s best interests.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file this form in the county where the original order was entered. If the order was entered in another state, or if the child(ren) live(s) in another state, you should speak with an attorney about where to file this form. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

For your case to proceed, you must properly notify the other party in your case of the supplemental petition. If you know where he or she lives, you should use personal service. If you absolutely do not know where he or she lives, you may use constructive service. You may also be able to use constructive service if the other party resides in another state or country. However, if constructive service is used, other than granting a divorce, the court may only grant limited relief. For more information on constructive service, see Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), and Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b). If the other party is in the military service of the United States, additional steps for service may be required. See, for example, Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.912(a). In sum, the law regarding constructive service and service on an individual in the military service is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding these issues.

If personal service is used, the other party has 20 days to answer after being served with your supplemental petition. Your case will then generally proceed in one of the following three ways:

DEFAULT . . . If after 20 days, no answer has been filed, you may file a Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922 (a), with the clerk of court. Then, if you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

UNCONTESTED . . . If the respondent files an answer that agrees with everything in your supplemental petition or an answer and waiver, and you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

CONTESTED . . . If the respondent files an answer or an answer and counterpetition, which disagrees with or denies anything in your supplemental petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, you should file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of mediation before a final hearing may be set. Then you should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing). If the respondent files an answer and counterpetition, you should answer the counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902(d).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "bold underline" in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

With this form, you must also file the following:

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g). (If you do not know the other party's income, you may file this worksheet after his or her financial affidavit has been served on you).

Affidavit of Indigency, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(c),if you are requesting that filing fees be waived. • Settlement Agreement, if you have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues. Although there is no form for this in these Florida Family Law Forms, you may construct a settlement agreement using the pertinent sections contained in Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1).

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), if not previously filed.

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the supplemental petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the supplemental petition.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the supplemental petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the supplemental petition, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Child Support . . . The court may order one parent to pay child support to assist the other parent in meeting the child(ren)'s material needs. Both parents are required to provide financial support, but one parent may be ordered to pay a portion of his or her support for the child(ren) to the other parent. Florida has adopted guidelines for determining the amount of child support to be paid. These guidelines are based on the combined income of both parents and take into account the financial contributions of both parents. You must file a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), and the other parent will be required to do the same. From your financial affidavits, you should be able to calculate the amount of child support that should be paid using the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g). Because the child support guidelines take several factors into consideration, change over time, and vary from state to state, your child support obligation may be more or less than that of other people in seemingly similar situations.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding child support, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.947(a). For more information, see the instructions for that form.

Settlement Agreement . . . If you and the respondent are able to reach an agreement on any or all of the issues, you should file a Settlement Agreement. Although there is no form for this in these Florida Family Law Forms, you may construct a settlement agreement using the pertinent sections contained in Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1). Both parties must sign this agreement before a notary public. Any issues on which you are unable to agree will be considered contested and settled by the judge at the final hearing.

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Supplemental Final Judgment Modifying Child Support, Florida Family Law Form 12.993(b), which the judge may use. You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring it with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

____________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _______________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ___________________________ Division: ___________________________

________________________________, Petitioner,

and

_________________________________, Respondent.

SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION FOR MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT

I, full legal name} __________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

1. The parties to this action were granted a final judgment ( ) of dissolution of marriage ( ) of paternity ( ) for support unconnected with a dissolution of marriage on date} __________________ A copy of the final judgment and any modification(s) is attached.

2. Paragraph(s) ___________ of the ( ) final judgment or ( ) most recent modification thereof establishes the present child support at $ ______ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning on date} ________.

3. Since the final judgment or most recent modification thereof, there has been a substantial change in circumstances, requiring a modification in child support. This change in circumstance is as follows: explain} ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

4. I ask the Court to modify child as follows: explain} ________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

5. This change is in the best interests of the child(ren) because: explain} ____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

6. A completed Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), is, or will be filed.

7. If not previously filed in this case, a completed Notice of Social Security Number, squ; Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), is filed.

8. A Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law 12.901(g), is, or will be, filed.

9. Other; _______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: _____________________________ _______________________________ Signature of Party

Printed Name: ___________________ Address: ________________________ City: ___________________________ Telephone Number: _______________ Fax Number: _____________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ___________________

Sworn to affirmed and signed before me on ___________ by ______________ ___________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

___________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced __________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANK BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer}_________________________ a nonlawyer, located at street} ________________________________________ city} _________________ state} ________________ phone} ___________ helped name} _________________________, who is the [ one only] ___ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.903(c), SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION FOR MODIFICATION OF ALIMONY

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you are asking the court to change a current court-ordered alimony obligation. The court can change an alimony order if the judge finds that there has been a substantial change in the circumstances of the parties.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file this form in the county where the original order was entered. If the order was entered in another state, or if the child(ren) live(s) in another state, you should speak with an attorney about where to file this form. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

For your case to proceed, you must properly notify the other party in your case of the supplemental petition. If you know where he or she lives, you should use personal service. If you absolutely do not know where he or she lives, you may use constructive service. You may also be able to use constructive service if the other party resides in another state or country. However, if constructive service is used, other than granting a divorce, the court may only grant limited relief. For more information on constructive service, see Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), and Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b). If the other party is in the military service of the United States, additional steps for service may be required. See, for example, Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.912(a). In sum, the law regarding constructive service and service on an individual in the military service is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding these issues.

If personal service is used, the other party has 20 days to answer after being served with your supplemental petition. Your case will then generally proceed in one of the following three ways:

DEFAULT . . . If after 20 days, no answer has been filed, you may file a Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922 (a), with the clerk of court. Then, if you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

UNCONTESTED . . . If the respondent files an answer that agrees with everything in your supplemental petition or an answer and waiver, and you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

CONTESTED . . . If the respondent files an answer or an answer and counterpetition, which disagrees with or denies anything in your supplemental petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, you should file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of mediation before a final hearing may be set. Then you should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing). If the respondent files an answer and counterpetition, you should answer the counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902(d).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "bold underline" in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

With this form you must also file the following and serve a copy on the other party:

Affidavit of Indigency, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(c), if you are requesting that filing fees be waived.

Settlement Agreement, if you have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues. Although there is no form for this in these Florida Family Law Forms, you may construct a settlement agreement using the pertinent sections contained in Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1), or Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(2).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the supplemental petition on the other party, if not filed at the time of the supplemental petition.)

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(1), if not previously filed.

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the supplemental petition on the other party, if not filed at the time of the supplemental petition, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Alimony . . . In order to modify an order for alimony, a judge must find that there has been a substantial change in circumstances.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding modification of alimony, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.947(a), or Motion for Temporary Support with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.948(b), whichever is appropriate. For more information, see the instructions for those forms.

Settlement Agreement . . . If you and the respondent are able to reach an agreement on any or all of the issues, you should file a Settlement Agreement. Although there is no form for this in these Florida Family Law Forms, you may construct a settlement agreement using the pertinent sections contained in Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1), or Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(2). Both parties must sign this agreement before a notary public . Any issues on which you are unable to agree will be considered contested and settled by the judge at the final hearing.

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Supplemental Final Judgment Modifying Alimony, Florida Family Law Form 12.993(c), which the judge may use. You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring it with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

____________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ___________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ___________________________ Division: ___________________________

________________________________, Petitioner,

and

________________________________, Respondent.

SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION FOR MODIFICATION OF ALIMONY

I, full legal name} ____________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

1. The parties to this action were granted a final judgment ( ) of dissolution of marriage ( ) for support unconnected with a dissolution of marriage on date} A copy of the final judgment any modification(s) attached.

2. Paragraph(s) ______________ of the ( ) final judgment or ( ) most recent modification there of establishes the present alimony at $ _________ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning on date} ________. 3. Since final judgment or most recent modification thereof, there has I substantial change in circumstances, requiring a modification in alimony, change in circumstance is as follows: explain} ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

4. I ask the Court to modify alimony as follows: explain} _____ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

5. A completed Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), is, or will be, filed.

6. If not previously filed in this case, a completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), is filed with this supplemental position.

7. Other: _______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: _________________________ _________________________________ Signature of Party

Printed Name: ___________________ Address: ________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________ Telephone Number: _______________ Fax Number: _____________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ____________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ________ by __________

_______________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

_______________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced __________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} _________________ a nonlawyer, located at street} __________________________________ city} _______________, state} ___________, phone} ________________ helped name} __________________, who is the [ one only] ___ petitioner or ___ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.903(d), ANSWER TO SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION

When should this form be used?

This form should be used when you are responding to a supplemental petition for modification of custody or visitation, for child support, or for alimony. This form is used to admit or deny all of the allegations in the supplemental petition if you do not plan to file a counterpetition. There is no form for a counterpetition to a supplemental petition in these Family Law Forms. If you want to file a counterpetition to a supplemental petition you will need to either seek legal assistance or create a form yourself. You may construct an answer and counterpetition using the pertinent sections contained in the Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.902(c)(1), or Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.902(c)(2).

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the case was filed and keep a copy for your records. This must be done within 20 days of receiving the supplemental petition.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form, along with all of the other forms required with this answer , must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case. Regardless of whether you file a counterpetition, you have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party's supplemental petition. After you file your answer, the case will generally proceed in one of the following two ways:

UNCONTESTED . . . If you file an answer that agrees with everything in the other party's supplemental petition and you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers, either party may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. If you request the hearing, you must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

CONTESTED . . . If you file an answer which disagrees with or denies anything in the supplemental petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, either party may file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of mediation before a final hearing may be set. If you request the healing, you should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "bold underline" in these instructions are defined there. See chapter 61, Florida Statutes, for more information.

Special notes . . .

With this form, you must also file the following:

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(f), if the case involves child(ren).

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g), if child support is an issue. (If you do not know the other party's income, you may file this worksheet after his or her financial affidavit has been served on you.)

• Settlement Agreement, if you have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues. Although there is no form for this in these Florida Family Law Forms, you may construct a settlement agreement using the pertinent sections contained in Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1), or Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(2).

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), if not previously filed.

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the supplemental petition on you, if not filed at the time you file your answer.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the supplemental petition on you, if not filed at the time of you file your answer, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Child Custody . . . If this case involves child custody issue and if you and the other party are unable to agree about with whom the child(ren) will live most of the time, a judge will decide for you. The judge will decide the parenting arrangements based on the child(ren)'s best interests. Regardless of whether there is an agreement, the court reserves jurisdiction to modify issues relating to the minor child(ren).

The judge may request a parenting evaluation or appoint a guardian ad litem in your case. This means that a neutral person will review your situation and report to the judge concerning parenting issues. The purpose of such intervention is to be sure that the best interests of the child(ren) is (are) being served. For more information, you may consult section 61.13, Florida Statutes. Some circuits may require the completion of a parenting course before a final hearing may be set. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant about requirements for parenting courses or mediation where you live.

Listed below are some terms with which you should become familiar before completing your supplemental petition. If you do not fully understand any of the terms below or their implications, you should speak with an attorney before going any further.

Shared Parental Responsibility

Sole Parental Responsibility

Rotating Custody

Primary Residential Responsibility

Secondary Residential Responsibility

Reasonable visitation

Specified visitation

Supervised visitation

No contact

Child Support . . . If this case involves child support issues, the court may order one parent to pay child support to assist the other parent in meeting the child(ren)'s material needs. Both parents are required to provide financial support, but one parent may be ordered to pay a portion of his or her support for the child(ren) to the other parent. Florida has adopted guidelines for determining the amount of child support to be paid. These guidelines are based on the combined income of both parents and take into account the financial contributions of both parents. You must file a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), and the other parent will be required to do the same. From your financial affidavits, you should be able to calculate the amount of child support that should be paid using the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g). Because the child support guidelines take several factors into consideration, change over time, and vary from state to state, your child support obligation may be more or less than that of other people in seemingly similar situations.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding parental responsibility and visitation with child(ren), child support or alimony, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.947(a) or, if you need temporary relief regarding alimony and there are no dependent or minor child(ren), you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.948(a), For more information, see the instructions for these forms.

Settlement Agreement . . . If you and the other party are able to reach an agreement on any or all of the issues, you should file a Settlement Agreement. Although there is no form for this in these Florida Family Law Forms, you may construct a settlement agreement using the pertinent sections contained in Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901(h)(1), or Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.901 (h)(2). Both parties must sign this agreement before a notary public. Any issues on which you are unable to agree will be considered contested and settled by the judge at the final hearing.

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Supplemental Final Judgment of Modification of Parental Responsibility/Visitation, Florida Family Law Form 12.993(a), a Supplemental Final Judgment Modifying Child Support, Florida Family Law Form 12.993(b), and a Supplemental Final Judgment Modifying Alimony, Florida Family Law Form 12.993(c), which the judge may use, as appropriate. You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring a final judgment with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

__________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ____________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ____________________________ Division: ____________________________

_____________________________, Petitioner,

and

_____________________________, Respondent.

I, full legal name} __________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true.

1. I agree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Supplemental Petition and, therefore, admit those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

2. I disagree with Petitioner as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Supplemental Petition and, therefore, deny those allegations: indicate section and paragraph number} _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

3. I currently am unable to admit or deny the following paragraphs due to lack of information: indicate section and paragraph number}

4. A completed Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e) is, or will be filed.

5. A completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), is filed with this answer, if one has not been previously filed in this case.

[ if applies]

___ 6. This case involves custody or visitation with a minor child(ren), and a completed Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(f), is filed with this answer.

___ 7. This case involves child support, and completed Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g) is filed or will be filed with the court.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} _________

Petitioner or his/her attorney:

Name: ________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________ City, State, Zip: ____________________________ Fax Number: __________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this answer and that the punishment of knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ______________________ _______________________________ Signature of Respondent

Printed Name: ___________________ Address: ________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________ Telephone Number: _______________ Fax Number: _____________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ________ by __________. ____________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

_____________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.] ___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced ____________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ____________________ a nonlawyer, located at street} ________________________________________ city} ____________________, state} __________, phone} ____________ helped named} ______________________, who is the respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FAMILY LAW FORM 12.904(a), PETITION FOR SUPPORT UNCONNECTED WITH DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

When should this form be used?

This form may be used to ask the court to enter a support order if you and your spouse are separated, and your spouse has the ability to contribute to you and your minor child(ren), but has failed to do so. You can only use this form if a dissolution of marriage has not been filed and the child(ren) live primarily with you. If a petition for dissolution of marriage has been filed, you should file a Motion for Temporary Support with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.947(a), instead of using this petition . Also, if you are requesting that an order be entered for you to pay support to your spouse, you should not file this form.

This petition cannot address the issues of property, debts, custody, or visitation. It only deals with alimony and child support .

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public . You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where you live and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

For your case to proceed, you must properly notify the other party in your case of the petition. If you know where he or she lives, you should use personal service. If you absolutely do not know where he or she lives, you may use constructive service. You may also be able to use constructive service if the other party resides in another state or country. However, if constructive service is used, other than granting a divorce, the court may only grant limited relief. For more information on constructive service, see Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), and Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b). If you need to use constructive service, use the Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913 (a), after striking through "for Dissolution of Marriage" and inserting "for Support Unconnected with Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren)." If the other party is in the military service of the United States, additional steps for service may be required. See, for example, Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.912(a). In sum, the law regarding constructive service and service on an individual in the military service is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding these issues.

If personal service is used, the other party has 20 days to answer after being served with your petition. Your case will then generally proceed in one of the following three ways:

DEFAULT . . . If after 20 days, no answer has been filed, you may file a Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(a), with the clerk of court. Then, if you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff , or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

UNCONTESTED . . . If the respondent files an answer that agree with everything in your petition or an answer and waiver, and you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General) Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

CONTESTED . . . If the respondent files an answer or an answer and counterpetition , which disagrees with or denies anything in your petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, you should file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of mediation before a final hearing may be set. Then you should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing). If the respondent files an answer and counterpetition, you should answer the counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902(d).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "bold underline" in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see section 61.09, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

With this form you must also file the following:

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the petition.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 4 days of service of the petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the petition, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g), if you are asking that child support be ordered in the final judgment. (If you do not know the other party's income, you may file this worksheet after his or her financial affidavit has been served on you.)

Affidavit of Indigency, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(c), if you are requesting that filing fees be waived.

Child Support . . . The court may order one parent to pay child support to assist the other parent in meeting the child(ren)'s material needs. Both parents are required to provide financial support, but one parent may be ordered to pay a portion of his or her support for the child(ren) to the other parent. Florida has adopted guidelines for determining the amount of child support to be paid. These guidelines are based on the combined income of both parents and take into account the financial contributions of both parents. You must file a Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), and your spouse will be required to do the same. From your financial affidavits, you should be able to calculate the amount of child support that should be paid using the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g). Because the child support guidelines take several factors into consideration, change over time, and vary from state to state, your child support obligation may be more or less than that of other people in seemingly similar situations.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding child support or temporary alimony, you may file a Motion for Temporary support with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.947(a). For more information, see the instructions for that form.

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Final Judgment of Support Unconnected with Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.994(a), which the judge may use if your case is contested. You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring a final judgment with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

____________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR __________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No. __________________________ Division: __________________________

__________________________________, Petitioner,

and

___________________________________, Respondent,

PETITION FOR SUPPORT UNCONNECTED WITH DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

I, full legal name} _____________________________________, the [ one only] ( ) Husband ( ) Wife, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true:

1. JURISDICTION ( ) Husband ( ) Wife ( ) Both live in Florida at the filing of this Support Unconnected with Dissolution of Marriage, which is filed pursuant to section 61.09, Florida Statutes.

2. Petitioner [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service. Respondent [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service

3. MARRIAGE HISTORY

Date of marriage: month, day, year} Place if marriage: city, state, year} Date of separation: month, day, year} ______________ ( if approximate)

4. MINOR CHILD(REN) [ all that apply]

___ a. The wife is pregnant. The baby is due on: date} _________

___ b. The minor (under 18) child(ren) common to both parties are:

Name Place of Birth Birth date Sex ________________________ ____________________ ___________ ______ ________________________ ____________________ ___________ ______ ________________________ ____________________ ___________ ______ ________________________ ____________________ ___________ ______ ________________________ ____________________ ___________ ______ ________________________ ____________________ ___________ ______

___ c. The minor child(ren) born or conceived during the marriage who are not common to both parties are:

Name Place of Birth Birth date Sex ____________________ _______________ ____________ ________ ____________________ _______________ ____________ ________

The birth father(s) of the above minor child(ren) is (are) name and address} ___________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

___ d. The child(ren) common to both parties who are 18 or older but who are dependent upon the parties due to a mental or physical incapacity are:

Name Place of Birth Birth date Sex ____________________ _______________ ____________ ________ ____________________ _______________ ____________ ________

5. A completed Notice of Social Securities, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), is filed with this petition.

6. A completed Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), is, or will be, filed.

7. A completed Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g), is, or will be, filed.

SECTION I. SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY) [ one only]

___ 1. Petitioner does not request spousal support (alimony) from Respondent at this time.

___2. Respondent has the ability to contribute to the maintenance of Petitioner and has failed to do so. Petitioner requests that the Court order Respondent to pay the following spousal support (alimony) and claims that he or she has a need for the support that he or she is requested. Spousal support (alimony) is requested in the amount of $ _____ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning date} ____, and continuing until date or event} __________ _____________________________________________________________________

Explain why the Court should order Respondent to pay and any specific request(s) for type of alimony (temporary, permanent, rehabilitative, and/or lump sum): ____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

[ if applies] ( ) Petitioner requests life insurance on Respondent's life, provided by Respondent, to secure such support.

SECTION II. CHILD SUPPORT

Respondent has the ability to contribute to the maintenance of his or her minor child(ren) and has failed to do so. Petitioner has custody of the minor child(ren) or the child(ren) has (have) primary residence with Petitioner. [ all that apply]

___ 1. Petitioner requests that the Court award child support as determined by Florida's child support guidelines, section 61.30, Florida Statutes.

___ 2. Petitioner requests that the Court award child support to be paid beyond the age of 18 years because:

___ a. the following child(ren), name(s)}________________________ is (are) dependent because of a mental or physical incapacity which began prior to the age of 18 explain}: ________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

___ b. the following child(ren), name(s)}_______________________, is (are) dependent in fact and is (are) in high school while he/she (they) are between the ages of 18 and 19; said child(ren) is (are) performing in good faith with reasonable expectation of graduation before the age of 19.

___ 3. Petitioner requests that medical/dental insurance coverage for the minor child(ren) be provided by: [ one only]

___ a. Father.

___ b. Mother.

___ 4. Petitioner requests that uninsured medical/dental expenses for the child(ren) be paid: [ one only]

___ a. by Father.

___ b. by Mother.

___ c. by Father and Mother each paying one-half

___ d. according to the percentages in the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(g).

___ e. Other explain}: __________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

___ 5. Petitioner requests that life insurance to secure child support be provided by:

___ a. Father.

___ b. Mother.

___ c. Both.

SECTION III. OTHER RELIEF ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

SECTION IV. PETITIONER'S REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking the Court to include in the order for support.)

Petitioner requests that the Court enter an order establishing support and: [ all that apply]

___ a. awarding spousal support (alimony) as requested in Section I of this petition;

___ b. establishing child support for the minor child(ren) common to both parties, as suggested in Section II of this petition;

___ c. awarding other relief as requested in Section III of this petition; and any other terms the Court deems necessary.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ____________________________ _______________________________ Signature of Petitioner

Printed Name: __________________ Address: _______________________ City, State, Zip: ______________ Telephone Number: ______________ Fax Number: ____________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by ___________

_________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

__________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced ______

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUS FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _______________, city} ___________, state} _________, phone} ___________, helped name} _____________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FAMILY LAW FORM 12.904(b), PETITION FOR SUPPORT UNCONNECTED WITH DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE; WITH NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

When should this form be used?

This form may be used if you and your spouse are separated, but a dissolution of marriage has not been filed, and you are requesting alimony. If a petition for dissolution has been filed, you should file a Motion for Temporary Support with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.948(a), instead of using this petition. Also, if you are requesting that an order be entered for you to pay support to your spouse, you should not file this form.

This petition does not address the issues of property or debts. It only deals with alimony.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where you live and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

For your case to proceed, you must properly notify the other party in your case of the petition. If you know where he or she lives, you should use personal service. If you absolutely do not know where he or she lives, you may use constructive service. You may also be able to use constructive service if the other party resides in another state or country. However, if constructive service is used, other than granting a divorce, the court may only grant limited relief. For more information on constructive service, see Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), and Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b). If you need to use constructive service, use the Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), after striking through "for Dissolution of Marriage" and inserting "for Support Unconnected with Dissolution for Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren)." If the other party is in the military service of the United States, additional steps for service may be required. See, for example, Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.912(a). In sum, the law regarding constructive service and service on an individual in the military service is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding these issues.

If personal service is used, the other party has 20 days to answer after being served with your petition. Your case will then generally proceed in one of the following three ways:

DEFAULT . . . If after 20 days, no answer has been filed, you may file a Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922 (a), with the clerk of court. Then, if you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

UNCONTESTED . . . If the respondent files an answer that agrees with everything in your petition or an answer and waiver, and you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

CONTESTED . . . If the respondent files an answer or an answer and counterpetition, which disagrees with or denies anything in your petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, you should file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have complied with mandatory disclosure and filed all of the required papers. Some circuits may require the completion of mediation before a final hearing may be set. Then you should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing). If the respondent files an answer and counterpetition, you should answer the counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Family Law Form 12.902(d).

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. The words that are in "bold underline" in these instructions are defined there. For further information, see section 61.09, Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

With this form you must also file the following:

Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j).

Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e). (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the petition.)

Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure, Florida Family Law Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of service of the petition on the respondent, if not filed at the time of the petition, unless you and the other party have agreed not to exchange these documents.)

Affidavit of Indigency, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(c), if you are requesting that filing fees be waived.

Alimony . . . Alimony may be awarded to a spouse if the judge finds that he or she needs it and that the other spouse has the ability to pay it. If you want alimony, you must request it in writing in the original petition. If you do not request alimony in writing before the final hearing, it is waived (you may not request it later). You may request either permanent alimony, lump sum alimony, or rehabilitative alimony.

Temporary Relief . . . If you need temporary relief regarding alimony, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.948(a). For more information, see the instructions for that form.

Final Judgment Form . . . These family law forms contain a Final Judgment of Support Unconnected with Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Family Law Form 12.994(b), which the judge may use if your case is contested. You should check with the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to see if you need to bring a final judgment with you to the hearing. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Nonlawyer . . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

______________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR __________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________________ Division: _______________________

___________________________, Petitioner,

and

___________________________, Respondent.

PETITION FOR SUPPORT UNCONNECTED WITH DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

I, full legal name}__________________________________________, the [ one only] ( ) Husband ( ) Wife, being sworn, certify that the following statements are true:

1. JURISDICTION ( ) Husband ( ) Wife ( ) Both live in Florida at the filing of this Petition for Support Unconnected with Dissolution of Marriage, which is filed pursuant to section 61.09, Florida Statutes.

2. Petitioner [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service. Respondent [ one only] ( ) is ( ) is not a member of the military service.

3. MARRIAGE HISTORY Date of marriage: month, day, year} ______________________________ Place of marriage: city, state, country} ________________________ Date of separation: month, day, year} _________ ( if approximate)

4. A completed Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), is, or will be, filed.

5. A completed Notice of Social Security Number Florida Family Law Form 12.901(j), is, or will be filed.

SECTION I. SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY)

___ 1. Respondent has the ability to contribute to the maintenance of Petitioner and has failed to do so. Petitioner requests that the Court order Respondent to pay the following spousal support (alimony) and claims that he or she has a need for the support that he or she is requesting. Spousal support (alimony) is requested in the amount of $ _______ every ( ) week ( ) other week ( ) month, beginning date} ________, and continuing until date or event} _______________________________________________________ Explain why the Court should order Respondent to pay and any specific request(s) for type of alimony (temporary, permanent, rehabilitative, and/or lump sum): _______________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ [ if applies] ( ) Petitioner requests life insurance on Respondent's life, provided by Respondent, to secure such support.

SECTION II. OTHER RELIEF _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

SECTION III. PETITIONER'S REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking the Court to include in the order for support.)

Petitioner requests that the Court enter an order establishing support and: [ all that apply]

___ a. awarding spousal support (alimony) pursuant to Section I of this petition;

___ b. awarding other relief as specified in Section II of this petition; and any other terms the Court deems necessary.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment

Dated: _____________________________ _______________________________ Signature of Petitioner

Printed Name: __________________ Address: _______________________ City, State, Zip: ______________ Telephone Number: ______________ Fax Number: ____________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _____________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ___________ by ___________

____________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

____________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced __________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer}_______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street}______________________________________, city}________________________________________________________________, state}___________________, phone}_________________________________, helped name}_________________________________________________________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.905, PETITION FOR GRANDPARENT VISITATION When should this form be used?

This form should be used when grandparents are requesting visitation in one of the following circumstances:

• The mother and/or father of the child(ren) with whom visitation is requested are/ist deceased.

• The parents of the child(ren) with whom visitation is requested are divorced.

• The mother or father of the child(ren) with whom visitation is requested has deserted the child(ren).

• The parents of the child were not married when the child(ren) was born and did not marry after the child(ren)'s birth, and paternity has been established.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the child(ren) lives (live) and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

For your case to proceed, you must properly notify the other party(ies) of the petition. If you know where he and/or she lives, you must use personal service. If you absolutely do not know where he and!or she lives, you may use constructive service. However, if constructive service is used, the court may only grant limited relief, if any. For more information on constructive service, see Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), and Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b). If you need to use constructive service, use the Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), striking through "for Dissolution of Marriage" and inserting "for Grandparent Visitation." The law regarding constructive service is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding these issues.

If personal service is used, the respondent(s) has (have) 20 days to answer after being served with your petition. Your case will then generally proceed in one of the following three ways:

DEFAULT . . . If after 20 days, no answer has been filed, you may file a Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922 (a), with the clerk of court. Then, if you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party(ies) of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

UNCONTESTED . . . If, the respondent(s) file(s) an answer that agrees with everything in your petition or an answer and waiver, and you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing. You must notify the other party(ies) of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

CONTESTED . . . If the respondent(s) file(s) an answer that disagrees with or denies anything in your petition, and you are unable to settle the disputed issues, you should file a Notice for Trial, Florida Family Law Form 12.924, after you have filed all of the required papers. Then you should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for instructions on how to set your case for trial (final hearing). Some circuits may require the completion of mediation before a final hearing may be set.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see chapter 752 and 61.13(2)(b)2.c., Florida Statutes.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

______________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ___________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _____________________ Division: _____________________

________________________________,

________________________________, Grandparent(s),

and ________________________________,

________________________________, Respondent(s).

PETITION FOR GRANDPARENT VISITATION

I/We, full legal name(s)} _______________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true.

1. This is a request for grandparent(s) visitation, under chapter 752, Florida Statutes.

2. The minor grandchild(ren) has (have) been living in the State of Florida within the jurisdiction of this Court.

3. I/We desire visitation with the following minor grandchild(ren).

Name Birth date Age Sex

______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

4. The [ one only] ( ) mother ( ) father of my (our) grandchild(ren) is my (our) [ one only] ( ) son ( ) daughter. A copy of the my (our) child's (respondent's) birth certificate is attached.

5. [ all that apply]:

___ a. The ( ) mother ( ) father of the grandchild(ren) has (have) died.

___ b. The other and father of the grandchild(ren) are divorced.

___ c. The ( ) mother ( ) father of the grandchild(ren) has (have) deserted the grandchild(ren).

___ d. The parents were not married when the grandchild(ren) was (were) born and did not marry after the grandchild(ren)'s birth, and paternity has been established.

6. I/We are requesting the following visitation: explain} ___________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

7. It is in the best interests of the grandchild(ren) that the grandparent(s) be allowed reasonable rights of visitation with the grandchild(ren). This is in the grandchild(ren)'s best interests because: explain} ________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: __________________________ ________________________________ Signature of the Grandparent

Printed Name: ___________________ Address: ________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________ Telephone Number: _______________ Fax Number: _____________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _____________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by ___________

_________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

_________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced _________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ___________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _______________, city} _________, state} _______, phone} __________, helped name} _____________, who is the (one of the) petitioner(s), fill out this form.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ___________________________ ______________________________ Signature of Grandparent

Printed Name: _________________ Address: ______________________ City, State, Zip: _____________ Telephone Number: _____________ Fax Number: ___________________ ______________________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ____________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by _________

___________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

___________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced _________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ___________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________, city} __________, state} _______, phone} _____________, helped namer} _________, who is the (one of the) petitioner(s), fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.910(a), SUMMONS: PERSONAL SERVICE ON AN INDIVIDUAL

When should this form be used?

This form should be used to obtain personal service on the other party when you begin your lawsuit. Service is required for all documents filed in your case. Service means giving a copy of the required papers to the other party using the procedure that the law requires. Generally, there are two ways to make service: (1) personal service, or (2) service by mail or hand delivery. A third method for service is called constructive service; however, the relief a court may grant may be limited in a case where constructive service has been used.

The law requires that certain documents be served by personal service if personal service is possible. Personal service means that a summons (this form) and a copy of the forms you are filing with the court that must be personally served are delivered by a deputy sheriff or private process server

• directly to the other party, or

• to someone over the age of fifteen with whom the other party lives.

Personal service is required for all petitions, including petitions for modification. You cannot serve these papers on the other party yourself or by mail or hand delivery. Personal service must be made by the sheriff's department in the county where the other party lives or works or by a private process server certified in the county where the other party lives or works.

In many counties, there are private process servers who, for a fee, will personally serve the summons and other documents that require personal service. You should look under "process servers" in the yellow pages of the telephone book for a list of private process servers in your area. You may use a private process server to serve any paper required to be personally served in a family law case except a petition for injunction for protection against domestic or repeat violence.

How do I start?

When you begin your lawsuit, you need to complete this form (summons) and a Process Service Memorandum, Florida Family Law Form 12.910(b). The forms should be typed or printed legibly in black ink. Next, you will need to take these forms and, if you have not already done so, file your petition with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where you live. You should keep a copy of the forms for your records. The clerk will sign the summons, and then the summons, a copy of the papers to be served, and the process service memorandum must be delivered to the appropriate sheriff's office or to a private process server for service on the other party.

IF THE OTHER PARTY LIVES IN THE COUNTY WHERE SUIT IS FILED: Ask the clerk in your county about any local procedures regarding service. Generally, if the other party lives in the county in which you are filing suit and you want the sheriff's department to serve the papers, you will file the summons along with a Process Service Memorandum, Florida Family Law Form 12.910(b), with the clerk and the clerk will forward those papers to the sheriff for service. Make sure that you attach a copy of the papers you want personally served to the summons. You may also need to provide the sheriff with a stamped envelope addressed to you. This will allow the sheriff to send the proof of service to you, after the sheriff serves your papers on the other party. However, in some counties the sheriff may send the proof of service directly to the clerk. If you are instructed to supply a self-addressed, stamped envelope and you receive the proof of service, you should file the proof of service with the clerk after you receive it from the sheriff. Also, you will need to find out how much the sheriff charges to serve the papers. Personal checks are not accepted. You should attach to the summons a cashier's check or money order made payable to the sheriff, and either give it to the clerk for delivery to the sheriff or send all of the paperwork and the fee to the sheriff yourself. The clerk will tell you which procedure to use. The costs for service may be waived if you are indigent.

If you want a private process server to serve the other party, you should still bring the summons to the clerk's office and have the clerk sign it for you. You should deliver the summons, along with the copy of your initial petition and any other papers to be served, and a Process Service Memorandum, Florida Family Law Form 12.910(b), to the private process server. The private process server will charge you a fee for serving the papers. After service is complete, proof of service by the private process server must be filed with the clerk. You should discuss how this will occur with the private process server.

IF THE OTHER PARTY LIVES IN ANOTHER COUNTY: If the other party lives in another county, service needs to be made by a sheriff in the county where the other party lives or by a private process server certified in the county where the other party lives. Make sure that you attach a copy of the papers you want personally served to the summons as well as the Process Service Memorandum, Florida Family Law Form 12.910(b). If you want the sheriff to serve the papers, the clerk may send your papers to that sheriff's office for you, or you may have to send the papers yourself. The clerk will tell you which procedure to use.

Either way, you will need to provide the sheriff with a stamped envelope addressed to you. This will allow the sheriff to send the proof of service to you, after the sheriff serves your papers on the other party. You should file the proof of service with the clerk after you receive it from the sheriff. Also, you will need to find out how much the sheriff charges to serve the papers. Personal checks are not accepted. You should attach to the summons a cashier's check or money order made payable to the sheriff, and either give it to the clerk for delivery to the sheriff or send all of the paperwork and the fee to the sheriff yourself. The clerk will tell you which procedure to use. The costs for service may be waived if you are indigent.

If you want a private process server to serve the other party, you should still bring the summons to the clerk's office where the clerk will sign it for you. You should deliver the summons, along with the copy of your initial petition and any other papers to be served, and a Process Service Memorandum, Florida Family Law Form 12.910(b), to the private process server. The private process server will charge you a fee for serving the papers. After service is complete, proof of service by the private process server must be filed with the clerk. You should discuss how this will occur with the private process server.

IF THE OTHER PARTY CANNOT BE LOCATED OR DOES NOT LIVE IN FLORIDA:

If, after you have made a diligent effort to locate the other party, you absolutely cannot locate the other party, you may serve the other party by publication. Service by publication is also known as constructive service. You may also be able to use constructive service if the other party does not live in Florida. However, Florida courts have only limited jurisdiction over a party that is served by constructive service and may have only limited jurisdiction over a party living outside of Florida regardless of whether that party is served by constructive or personal service; that is, the judge's power to order the other party to do certain things may be limited. For example, the judge may be able to grant your request for a divorce, but the judge may not be able to address issues such as child support, spousal support (alimony), or division of property or debts.

Regardless of the type of service used, if the other party once lived in Florida but is living outside of Florida now, you should include in your petition a statement regarding the length of time the party lived in Florida, if any, and when. For example: "Respondent last lived in Florida from date} ___________ to date} ____________."

This area of the law is very complex and you may need to consult with an attorney regarding the proper type of service to be used in your case if the other party does not live in Florida or cannot be located.

What happens when the papers are served on the other party?

The date and hour of service are written on the original summons and on all copies of it by the person making the service. The person who delivers the summons and copies of the petition must file a proof of service with the clerk or provide a proof of service to you for filing with the court. It is your responsibility to make sure the proof of service has been returned to the clerk and placed in your case file.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information regarding service of process, see chapters 48 and 49, Florida Statutes, and rule 1.070, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as the instructions for Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), and Affidavit of Diligent Service and Inquiry, Family Law Form 12.913(b), for further information.

Special notes . . .

If you have been unable to obtain proper service on the other party within 120 days after filing your lawsuit, the court will dismiss your lawsuit against the other party unless you can show the court a good reason why service was not made within 120 days.

For this reason, if you had the local sheriff serve the papers, you should check with the clerk every couple of weeks after completing the service papers to see if service has been completed. You may need to supply the sheriff with a new or better address. If you had a private process server or a sheriff in another county serve the papers, you should be in contact with that person or sheriff until you receive proof of service from that person or sheriff. You should then file the proof of service with the clerk immediately.

If the other party fails to respond, i.e., fails to file a written response with the court, within 20 days after the service of the summons, you are entitled to request a default. See the instructions to Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(a), and Default, 12.922(b), for further information. You will need to file Nonmilitary Affidavit, Florida Law Form 12.912(b), before a default may be granted.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

_____________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ______________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ______________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________ Division: _______________

_________________________________, Petitioner,

and

_________________________________, Respondent.

SUMMONS: PERSONAL SERVICE ON AN INDIVIDUAL ORDEN DE COMPARECENCIA: SERVICIO PERSONAL EN UN INDIVIDUO CITATION: L'ASSIGNATION PERSONAL SUR UN INDIVIDUEL

TO/PARA/A: enter other party's full legal name} _____________________, address(including city and state)/location for service} _____________.

IMPORTANT

A lawsuit has been filed against you. You have 20 calendar days after this summons is served on you to file a written response to the attached complaint/petition with the clerk of this circuit court, located at:

street address} ______________________________________________________. A phone call will not protect you. Your written response, including the case number given above and the names of the parties, must be filed if you want the Court to hear your side of the case.

If you do not file your written response on time, you may lose the case, and your wages, money, and property may be taken thereafter without further warning from the Court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney referral service or a legal aid office (listed in the phone book).

If you choose to file a written response yourself, at the same time you file your written response to the Court, you must also mail or take a copy of your written response to the party serving this summons at:

Name and address of party serving summons} __________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.

You may review these documents, upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office notified of your current address. (You may file Florida Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will to the address on record at the clerk's office.

WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings.

IMPORTANTE

Usted ha sido demandado legalmente. Tiene veinte (20) dias, contados a partir del recibo de esta notificacion, para contestar la demanda adjunta, por escrito, y presentarla ante este tribunal. Localizado en: ___________________. Una llamada telefonica no lo protegera. Si usted desea que el tribunal considere su defensa, debe presentar su respuesta por escrito, incluyendo el numero del caso y los nombres de las partes interesadas. Si usted no contesta la demanda a tiempo, pudiese perder el caso y podria ser despojado de sus ingresos y propiedades, o privado de sus derechos, sin previo aviso del tribunal. Existen otros requisitos legales. Si lo desea, usted puede consultar a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a una de las oficinas asistencia legal que aparecen en la guia telefonica.

Si desea responder a la demanda por su cuenta, al mismo tiempo en que presente su respuesta ante el tribunal, usted debe enviar por correo o entregar una copia de su respuesta a la persona denominada abajo.

Si usted elige presentar personalmente una respuesta por escrito, en el mismo momento que usted presente su respuesta por escrito al Tribunal, usted debe enviar por correo o llevar una copia de su respuesta por escrito a la parte entregando esta orden de comparencencia a:

Nombre y direccion de la parte que entrega la orden de comparencencia: ________________________________________________________________________

Copias de todos los documentos judiciales de este caso, incluyendo las ordenes, estan disponibles en la oficina del Secretario de Juzgado del Circuito [Clerk of the Circuit Court's office]. Estos documentos pueden ser revisados a su solicitud.

Usted debe de manener informada a la oficina del Secretario de Juzgado del Circuito de su direccion actual. (Usted puede presentar _________ el Formulario: Ley de Familia de la Florida 12.915, [ Florida Family Law Form 12.915], Notificacion de la Direccion Actual [Notice of Current Address]. Los papelos que se presenten en el futuro en esta demanda judicial seran env ados por correo a la direccion que este registrada en la oficina del Secretario.

ADVERTENCIA: Regla 12.285 (Rule 12.285), de las Reglas de Procedimiento de Ley de Familia de la Florida [Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure], requiere cierta revelacion automatica de documentos e informacion. El incumplimient puede resultar en sanciones, incluyendo la desestimacion o anulacion de los alegatos.

IMPORTANT

Des poursuites judiciaries ont ete entreprises contre vous. Vous avez 20 jours consecutifs a partir de la date de l'assignation de cette citation pour deposer une reponse ecrite a la plainte ci-jointe aupres de ce tribunal. Qui se trouve a: $L' Adresse$ _________________. Un simple coup de telephone est insuffisant pour vous proteger; vous etes obliges de deposer votre reponse ecrite, avec mention du numero de dossier ci-dessus et du nom des parties nommees ici, si vous souhaitez que le tribunal entende votre cause. Si vous ne deposez pas votre reponse ecrite dans le delai requis, vous risquez de perdre la cause ainsi que votre salaire, votre argent, et vos biens peuvent etre saisis par la suite, sans aucun preavis ulterieur du tribunal. Il y a d'autres obligations juridiques et vous pouvez requerir les services immediats d'un avocat. Si vous ne connaissez pas d'avocat, vous pourriez telephoner a un service de reference d'avocats ou a un bureau d'assistance juridique (figurant a l'annuaire de telephones).

Si vous choisissez de deposer vous-meme une reponse ecrite, il vous faudra egalement, en meme temps que cette formalite, faire parvenir ou expedier une copie au carbone ou une photocopie de votre reponse ecrite a . . . cette citation.

Nom et adresse de la partie qui depose cette citation: _________________

Les photocopies de tous les documents tribunals de cette cause, y compris des arrets, sont disponible au bureau du greffier. Vous pouvez revue ces documents, sur demande.

Il faut aviser le greffier de votre adresse actuelle. (Vous pouvez deposer Florida Family Law Form 12.915, Notice of Current Address.) Les documents de l'avenir de ce proces seront envoyer a l' adresse que vous donnez au bureau du greffier.

ATTENTION: La regle 12.285 des regles de procedure du droit de la famille de la Floride exige que l'on remette certains renseignements et certains documents `a la partie adverse. Tout refus de les fournir pourra donner lieu a des sanctions, y compris le rejet ou la suppression d'un ou de plusieurs actes de procedure.

THE STATE OF FLORIDA TO EACH SHERIFF OF THE STATE: You are commanded to serve this summons and a copy of the complaint in this lawsuit on the above-named person.

DATED: ____________

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (SEAL) By: _______________________ Deputy Clerk

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.910(b), PROCESS SERVICE MEMORANDUM

When should this form be used?

You should use this form to give the sheriff's department (or private process server) instructions for serving the other party in your case with the Summons: Personal Service on an Individual, Florida Family Law Form 12.910(a), and other papers to be served. On this form, you can tell the sheriff's department the best times to find the person at work and/or at home. You can also include a map to the other person's home or work place to help the sheriff find the person and deliver the summons. Do not forget to attach to the summons a copy of your initial petition and any other papers you want personally served on the other party.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your petition was filed and attach a copy to the Summons: Personal Service on an Individual, Florida Family Law Form 12.910(a). You should also keep a copy for your records.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. You should read the instructions for Summons: Personal Service on an Individual, Florida Family Law Form 12.910(a), for additional information.

Special notes . . .

If this is a domestic violence case and you want to keep your address confidential for safety reasons, do not enter your address, telephone, and fax information at the bottom of this form. Instead, write "confidential" in the spaces provided for that information and file Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address, Florida Family Law Form 12.980(i).

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

____________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT. IN AND FOR __________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _____________________ Division: _____________________

_____________________________, Petitioner,

and

_____________________________, Respondent.

PROCESS SERVICE MEMORANDUM

TO: ( ) Sheriff of ______________ County, Florida; _____________ Division ( ) Private process server: _________________________________________ Please serve the name of document(s)} ________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ in the above-styled cause upon: Party: full legal name} ____________________________________ Address or location for service: ____________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Work Address: _______________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

If the party to be served owns, has, and/or is known to have guns or other weapons, describe what type of weapon(s): ____________________

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

Dated: __________________________ __________________________________ Signature of Party

*Printed Name: ____________________ *Address: _________________________ *City, State, Zip: ________________ *Telephone Number: ________________ *Fax Number: ______________________

* If this is a domestic violence case, do not enter this information if your address or telephone number need to be kept confidential for safety reasons; instead write "confidential" in the spaces provided and file Florida Family Law Form 12.980(i), Petitioner's Request for Confidential Filing of Address.

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer}_______________, a nonlawyer, located at street}_________, city}________, state}_____, phone}___, helped name } ____________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.912(a), MEMORANDUM FOR CERTIFICATE OF MILITARY SERVICE

When should this form be used?

This form should be used if you DO NOT KNOW whether the other party in your case is on active duty in a branch of the military service of the United States. Fill out this form and mail one copy to each of the military offices at the addresses on the form. You may be charged a service fee by each military service branch for their response. To assist you in determining the amount of each military branch's fee, phone numbers are listed below. You will need to call each number to find out their fee for this search. Even if you believe that the other party has never or would never join the military, you must show the court proof that he or she is not a member of the military. Therefore, you may need to use this form to provide the court with such proof. See the instructions for the Nonmilitary Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.912(b), for additional information.

COAST GUARD: U.S. Coast Guard Commander (CGPC-ADM-3), Coast Guard Personnel Command, 2100 2nd St., S.W., Room 1616, Washington, D.C. 20593, Phone: (202) 267-1340

AIR FORCE: AFPC MSIMDL, 550 C Street, W., Suite 50, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4752, Phone: (210) 652-5775

NAVY: BUPERS, PERS 02116, 2 Navy Annex, Washington, D.C. 20370- 0216, Phone: (703) 614-5011 or (703) 614-9221

MARINE CORPS.: USMC-CMC, HQMC MMSB-10, 2008 Elliot Road, Room 201, Quantico, VA 22134-5030, Phone: (703) 784-3941

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE: Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, Div. of Comm., Off. Personnel, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 4-21, Rockville, MD 20857, Phone: (301) 594-2963

ARMY: Army World Wide Locator, U.S. Army Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center, 8899 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46249- 5301, Phone: (703) 325-3732

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. You should complete this form for each branch of the United States' military listed above, and mail the form to each branch with a check for the appropriate amount and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. You should keep a copy of the form for your records. After you have received a verification of nonmilitary status from each branch, you will need to attach those verifications to a Nonmilitary Affidavit, Florida Family Law Form 12.912 (b), for filing with the clerk.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

_____________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ____________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ______________________ Division: ______________________

_____________________________, Petitioner,

and

_____________________________, Respondent.

MEMORANDUM FOR CERTIFICATE OF MILITARY SERVICE

TO: ( ) U.S. Coast Guard Commander (CGPC-ADM-3), Coast Guard Personnel Command, 2100 2nd St., S.W., Room 1616, Washington, D.C. 20593 AFPC MSIMDL, 550 C Street, W., Suite 50, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4752

( ) BUPERS, PERS 02116, 2 Navy Annex, Washington, D.C. 20370-0216

( ) USMC-CMC, HQMC-MMSB-10, 2008 Elliot Road, Room 201, Quantico, VA 22134-5030

( ) Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, Div. of Comm., Off. Personnel, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 4-21, Rockville, MD 20857

( ) Army World Wide Locator, U.S. Army Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center, 8899 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301

RE: ________________________________ _____________________________ Name of Respondent} Respondent's Social Security Number}

This case involves a family matter. It is imperative that a determination be made whether the above-named individual, who has an interest in these proceedings, is presently in the military service of the United States, and the dates of induction and discharge, if any. This information is requested under section 581 of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, as amended. Please supply a verification as soon as possible. My check for $ _____ for your search fee and a self-addressed, stamped envelope are enclosed.

Dated: _____________________________ _______________________________ Signature of Petitioner

Printed Name: _________________ Address: ______________________ City, State, Zip: _____________ Telephone Number: _____________ Fax Number: ___________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer}_____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street}_______________, city}______________, state}____________, phone}_____________, helped name}_____________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.912(b), NONMILITARY AFFIDAVIT

When should this form be used?

You should use this form when ALL of the following statements are true:

• The other person in your case has been served, whether by personal service or constructive service.

• The other person in your case has not responded to your petition.

• You are requesting that the court enter a default judgment against the other person.

• You ABSOLUTELY KNOW FOR CERTAIN that the other person is NOT in the military service.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You must file the original of this form with the clerk of the circuit court when you file your Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(a). You must also attach copies of all verifications of nonmilitary service that you received from each branch of the United States' military service. You should keep a copy for your records.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

__________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ____________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _____________________ Division: _____________________

_____________________________, Petitioner,

and

_____________________________, Respondent.

NONMILITARY AFFIDAVIT

I, full legal name}_________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true: [ all that apply]

___1. I know of my own personal knowledge that Respondent is not on active duty in the armed services of the United States.

___ 2. I have inquired of the armed services of the United States and the U.S. Public Health Service to determine whether the Respondent is a member of the armed services and am attaching certificates stating that Respondent is not now in the armed services.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this affidavit and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

DATED: __________________________ _________________________________ Signature of Petitioner Printed Name: ____________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________ Telephone Number: ________________ Fax Number: ______________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF __________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ________ by ___________.

______________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC-STATE OF FLORIDA

______________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ___________, city} ________________, state}__________, phone}____________, helped name} _______________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.913(a), NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

When should this form be used?

This form may be used to obtain constructive service (also called service by publication ) in a dissolution of marriage case if you do not know where your spouse lives or if your spouse lives outside Florida and you are unable to obtain personal service. However, if you use constructive service, the court may grant only limited relief because its jurisdiction is limited. For example, the court can grant your divorce but cannot decide issues of child support, spousal support ( alimony ), or division of property or debts. This is a complicated area of the law and you may wish to consult an attorney before using constructive service.

You should complete this form by typing or printing the appropriate information in black ink. You should insert your spouse's name and last known address and then file this form with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your petition for dissolution of marriage was filed. You must also complete and file an Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b). You should keep a copy for your records.

After the Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(b), is filed, the clerk will sign this form. The form must then be given to a qualified local newspaper to be published for four consecutive weeks. When in doubt, ask the clerk which newspapers in your area are "qualified." The newspaper will charge you for this service. If you cannot afford to pay the cost of publication of this notice in a qualified newspaper, you may ask the clerk to post the notice at a place designated for such postings. You will need to file an Affidavit of Indigency, Florida Family Law Form 12.901(c). If the clerk determines that you cannot afford these costs, the clerk will post the notice of action. In Dade, Broward and Duval counties, you may ask the clerk to publish your notice without charge.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see rule 12.070, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, and rule 1.070, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.

Special notes . . .

If the other party fails to respond to your petition within the time limit stated in the notice of action that is published or posted, you are entitled to request a default. (See Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(a), and Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(b).)

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR __________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _____________________ Division: _____________________

_________________________________, Petitioner

and

_________________________________, Respondent.

NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

TO: name of Respondent} _____________________________________________ Respondent's last known address} ____________________________________

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on name of Petitioner} ________________________________________________, whose address is _____________________________________________________ on or before date} ________________, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at clerk's address} _____________________________, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition.

Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may review these documents upon request.

You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office notified of your current address. (You may file Notice of Current Address, a Florida Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk's office.

WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings.

Dated: _________________________. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT

By: __________________________ Deputy Clerk

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} __________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ___________, city} ______________, state} ____________, phone} ____________, helped name} _____________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.913(b), AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH AND INQUIRY

When should this form be used?

This form is to be used with Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), to obtain constructive service (also called service by publication ) in a dissolution of marriage case.

This form includes a checklist of places you can look for information on the location of your spouse. While you do not have to look in all of these places, the court must believe that you have made a very serious effort to get information about your spouse's location and that you have followed up on any information you received.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file the original and a Notice of Action for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida Family Law Form 12.913(a), with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your petition for dissolution of marriage is filed. You should keep a copy for your records.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see rule 12.070, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure and rule 1.070(e) and (f), Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR _____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ______________________ Division: ______________________

__________________________________, Petitioner,

and

__________________________________, Respondent.

AFFIDAVIT OF DILIGENT SEARCH AND INQUIRY

I, full legal name} ___________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

1. have made diligent search and inquiry to discover the name and current residence of Respondent: Specify details of search} Refer to checklist below and identify all actions taken (any additional information included such as the date the action was taken and the person with whom you spoke is helpful) (attach additional sheet if necessary): [ all that apply]

___ United States Post Office inquiry through Freedom of Information Act. . . . current address or any relocations.

___ Last known employment of Respondent, including name and address of employer. You should also ask for any addresses to which W-2 Forms were mailed, and, if a pension or profit-sharing plan exists, then to any addresses to which any pension or plan payment is and/or has been mailed.

___ Unions from which Respondent may have worked or that governed particular trade or craft.

___ Regulatory agencies, including professional or occupational licensing.

___ Names and addresses of relatives and contacts with those relatives, and inquiry as to Respondent's last known address. You are to follow up any leads of any addresses where Respondent may have moved. Relatives include, but are not limited to: parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandparents, great-grandparents, former in-laws, stepparents, stepchildren.

___ Information about the Respondent's possible death and, if dead, the date and location of the death.

___ Telephone listings in the last known locations of Respondent's residence.

___ Internet at http://www.switchboard.com or other Internet people finder or the library checked for me.

___ Law enforcement arrest and/or criminal records in the last known residential area of Respondent.

___ Highway Patrol records in the state of Respondent's last known address.

___ Department of Motor Vehicle records in the state of Respondent's last known address.

___ Department of Corrections records in the state of Respondent's last known address.

___ Title IV-D (child support enforcement) agency records in the state of Respondent's last known address.

___ Hospitals in the last known area of Respondent's residence.

___ Utility companies, which include water, sewer, cable TV, and electric in the last known area of Respondent's residence.

___ Letters to the Armed Forces of the U.S. and their response as to whether or not there is any information about Respondent. (See Memorandum for

___ Certificate of Military Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.912(a).)

___ Tax Assessor's and Tax Collector's Office in the area where Respondent last resided.

___ Other: explain}__________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

2. The age of Respondent is [ one only] ( ) known enter age} __________________ or ( ) unknown.

3. Respondent's current residence [ one only]

___ a. Respondent's current residence is unknown to me.

___ b. Respondent's current residence is in some state or country other than Florida, and Respondent's last known address is:

___ c. The Respondent, having residence in Florida, has been absent from Florida for more than 60 days prior to the date of this affidavit, or conceals him(her)self so that process cannot be served personally upon him or her, and I believe there is no person in the state upon whom service of process would bind this absent or concealed Respondent.

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this affidavit and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: __________________________ _________________________________ Signature of Petitioner

Printed Name: ____________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________ Telephone Number: ________________ Fax Number: ______________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF __________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _____________ by __________.

______________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

_____________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced ________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name}_______________________________, a nonlawyer, located at street}____________, city}______________ state}_________, phone}___________,helped name}________________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.914, CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

When should this form be used?

After the petition has been properly served (through either a personal service or constructive service ), both parties must send copies of all additional documents or papers they file with the clerk to the other party or his or her attorney, if he or she has one. Each time you file a document, you must certify that you provided the other party with a copy. Many of the Florida Family Law Forms already have a place above the signature line for this certification. It looks like this:

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( hand-delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} ___________.

Other party or his/her attorney:

Name: ______________________________

Address: ___________________________

City, State, Zip: __________________

Fax Number: ________________________

If a form you are filing has a certificate, you do not need to file a separate Certificate of Service, Florida Family Law Form 12.914. However, each time you file a document that does not have a certificate like the one above, you must file a Certificate of Service,, Florida Family Law Form 12.914, and send a copy of the document to the other party. This includes letters to the judge.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form (giving the name of each form, document, or paper filed), you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your case was filed and keep a copy for your records.

The copy you are providing to the other party must be mailed (postmarked) or delivered to the opposing party or his or her attorney on the same day indicated on the certificate of service.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For more information, see rule 1.080, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure and rule 12.080, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

_____________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR __________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _____________________ Division: _____________________

__________________________________, Petitioner,

and

__________________________________, Respondent.

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I certify that a copy of name of document(s)} ______________________ _______________________________________________________________________ was [ one only] ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person listed below on date} ___________.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: _______________________________ Address: ____________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________ Fax Number: _________________________

_________________________________ Signature of Party Printed Name: ____________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________ Telephone Number: ________________ Fax Number: ______________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer}_____________________ a nonlawyer, located at street}_____________, city}________________ state}_______, phone}____________, helped name}___________________ who is the [ one only] ___ petitioner or ___ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.915, NOTICE OF CURRENT ADDRESS

When should this form be used?

This form should be used to inform the clerk and the other party of your current address or any change of address. It is very important that the court and the other party in your case have your correct address.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your case is filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to any other party in your case.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

_________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ___________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ____________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: __________________ Division: __________________

______________________________, Petitioner, and ______________________________, Respondent.

NOTICE OF CURRENT ADDRESS

I, full legal name} ______________________________, being sworn, certify that my current address is: street} ______________________ City} __________________ State} ______, Zip} _____ Telephone No} ________ Fax No.}______________________.

I understand that I must keep the clerk's office notified of my current address and that all future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk's office.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] (mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand-delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} _______.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: ______________________________ Address: ___________________________ City, State, Zip: __________________ Fax Number: ________________________ Dated: _____________________________ ___________________________________ Signature of Party STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ___________ by _____________.

____________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

___________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced ________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _____________, city} _________________, state} ____, phone} _____________, helped name} ______________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or _____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORMS 12.920(a), MOTION FOR REFERRAL TO GENERAL MASTER 12.920(b), ORDER OF REFERRAL TO GENERAL MASTER and 12.920(c), NOTICE OF HEARING BEFORE GENERAL MASTER

When should these forms be used?

A general master is an attorney appointed by a judge to take testimony and recommend decisions on certain matters connected with a divorce. These recommendations are then reviewed by the judge and are generally approved unless contrary to the law or the facts of the case. The primary purposes of having general masters hear family law matters are to reduce the costs of litigation and to speed up cases. Either party may request that their case, or portions of their case, be heard by a general master by filing Motion for Referral to General Master, a Florida Family Law Form 12.920(a). You must also prepare and submit an Order of Referral to General Master, Florida Family Law Form 12.920(b), to submit to the judge assigned to your case.

Many times, the court, either on its own motion or under current administrative orders of the court, may refer your case to a general master. Even in those instances, you may be required to prepare and submit an Order of Referral to General Master, Florida Family Law Form 12.920(b), to the judge.

Once a general master has been appointed to your case, the general master will assign a time and place for a hearing as soon as reasonably possible after the referral is that hearing to each of the parties directly or will direct a party or attorney in the case to file and serve a notice of hearing on the other party. If you are asked to send the notice of hearing, you will need to use the form entitled Notice of Hearing Before General Master, Florida Family Law Form 12.920(c). Regardless of who prepares the notice of hearing, the moving party (the one who requested referral to the general master) is required to have the notice properly served on the other party.

These forms should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your case is filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

If you are filing a Motion for Referral to General Master, Florida Family Law Form 12.920(a), you need to send or deliver your motion directly to the judge assigned to your case, along with an Order of

Referral to General Master, Florida Family Law Form 12.920(b), and an addressed, stamped envelope for each party in the case. The judge will then either grant or deny the motion, usually without a hearing. If you are required to submit a Order of Referral to General Master, Florida Family Law Form 12.920(b), to the judge assigned to your case, you will need to send or deliver the order directly to the judge, along with addressed, stamped envelopes for each party in the case.

The party who prepares any of these forms must file the original with the clerk of the circuit court. A copy of the motion must be mailed or hand delivered to any other party in your case.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see rule 12.490, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

Special notes. . . .

IMPORTANT: After the judge refers your case to a general master, either party (including the party who was required to prepare and submit the Order of Referral) may object to the referral within 10 days of the date that the referral is made (if the Order of Referral is served by mail, the parties have an additional 5 days within which to object to the referral). Every litigant is entitled to have his or her case heard by a judge. However, before you decide to object to an Order of Referral to General Master, you should consider the potential extra costs and time delays that may result from having a judge hear your case instead of a general master. You may want to speak with an attorney in your area who can assist you in making a more informed decision regarding whether you should file an objection to an Order of Referral to General Master.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

_____________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE _____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ___________________ Division: ___________________

_______________________ Petitioner, and _______________________, Respondent,

MOTION FOR REFERRAL TO GENERAL MASTER

I, full legal name} _________________________, request that the Court enter an order referring this case to a general master. The case should be referred to a general master on the following issues: explain} ______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} __________.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: ______________________________ Address: ___________________________ City, State, Zip: __________________ Fax Number: ________________________

Dated: _________________________

______________________________________ Signature of Party Printed Name: __________________________ Address: _______________________________ City, State, Zip: ______________________ Telephone Number: ______________________ Fax Number: ____________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW; [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal trade name of nonlawyer} __________________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _________ city} _____________________, state} ______, phone} _________, helped name} __________________, who is the [ one only] ______ petitioner or ____ respondent, fill out this form. _______________________________________________________________________ Form 12.920(b)

_______________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ___________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ____________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ______________________________ Division: ______________________________

_________________________, Petitioner, and _________________________, Respondent.

ORDER OF REFERRAL TO GENERAL MASTER

THIS CASE IS REFERRED TO THE GENERAL MASTER on the following issues:

1. ____________________________________________________________________ 2. ____________________________________________________________________ 3. ____________________________________________________________________ 4. ____________________________________________________________________ AND ANY OTHER MATTER RELATED THERETO.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the above issues are referred General Master name} _______________________, for further proceedings, under rule 12.490 of the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure and current administrative orders of the Court. Financial Affidavits, Family Law Form 12.901(d) or (e), shall be filed in accordance with Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.285. The General Master is authorized to administer oaths and conduct hearings, which may include taking of evidence, and shall file a report and recommendations that contain findings of fact, conclusions of law, and the name of the court reporter, if any.

The General Master shall assign a time for the proceedings as soon as reasonably possible after this referral is made and shall give notice to each of the parties either directly or by directing counsel or a party to file and serve a notice of hearing.

Counties within the State of Florida may have different rules. Please consult the ( ) Clerk of the Court ( ) Family Law Intake Staff ( ) other _______________ relating to this procedure.

A REFERRAL TO A GENERAL MASTER REQUIRES THE CONSENT OF ALL PARTIES. YOU ARE ENTITLED TO HAVE THIS MATTER HEARD BY A JUDGE. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE THIS MATTER HEARD BY THE GENERAL MASTER, YOU MUST FILE A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE REFERRAL WITHIN 10 DAYS OF THE TIME OF SERVICE OF THIS ORDER. IF THE TIME SET FOR THE HEARING IS LESS THAN 10 DAYS AFTER SERVICE OF THIS ORDER, THE OBJECTION MUST BE MADE BEFORE THE HEARING. IF THIS ORDER IS SERVED WITHIN THE FIRST 20 DAYS AFTER SERVICE OF PROCESS, THE TIME TO FILE AN OBJECTION IS EXTENDED TO THE TIME WITHIN WHICH A RESPONSIVE PLEADING IS DUE. FAILURE TO FILE A WRITTEN OBJECTION WITHIN THE APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD IS DEEMED TO BE A CONSENT TO THE REFERRAL.

If either party files a timely undersigned judge with a notice objection, this matter shall be returned to the stating the amount of time needed for hearing.

REVIEW OF THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE GENERAL MASTER SHALL BE BY EXCEPTIONS AS PROVIDED IN RULE 12.490(f), FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURES. A RECORD, WHICH INCLUDES A TRANSCRIPT, MAY BE REQUIRED TO SUPPORT EXCEPTIONS.

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT IN THIS CIRCUIT:

___ a. electronic recording is provided by the court. A party may provide a court reporter at that party's expense.

___ b. a court reporter is provided by the court.

SHOULD YOU WISH TO SEEK REVIEW OF THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION MADE BY THE GENERAL MASTER, YOU MUST FILE EXCEPTIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH RULE 12.490(f), FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURE. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE COURT WITH A RECORD SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT YOUR EXCEPTIONS, OR YOUR EXCEPTIONS WILL BE DENIED. A RECORD ORDINARILY INCLUDES A WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF ALL RELEVANT PROCEEDINGS. THE PERSON SEEKING REVIEW MUST HAVE THE TRANSCRIPT PREPARED IF NECESSARY FOR THE COURT'S REVIEW.

ORDERED on _________________________.

_______________________________ CIRCUIT JUDGE

COPIES TO:

Petitioner (or his or her attorney) Respondent (or his or her attorney) General Master

Form 12.920(c)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ______________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _________________________________ Division: _________________________________

____________________________, Petitioner, and ____________________________, Respondent.

NOTICE OF HEARING BEFORE GENERAL MASTER

[ fill in all blanks] TO: ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________

There will be a hearing before General Master name of general master} ____________________, on date} _____________, at time} ______m., in Room _________ of the ______________________________________________________ Courthouse, on the following issues: __________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _____ hour(s) _____ minutes have been reserved for this hearing. PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY.

This part to be filled out by the court or filled in with information you have obtained from the court: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost the provision of certain assistance. Please contact name} _______________________________________________________________, address} ____________________________________, telephone} _____________________________________, within 2 working days of your receipt of this Notice of If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-955-8771.

SHOULD YOU WISH TO SEEK REVIEW OF THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION MADE BY THE GENERAL MASTER, YOU MUST FILE EXCEPTIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH RULE 12.490(f), FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURE. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE COURT WITH A RECORD SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT YOUR EXCEPTIONS, OR YOUR EXCEPTIONS WILL BE DENIED. A RECORD ORDINARILY INCLUDES A WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT OF ALL RELEVANT PROCEEDINGS. THE PERSON SEEKING REVIEW MUST HAVE THE TRANSCRIPT PREPARED IF NECESSARY FOR THE COURT'S REVIEW.

YOU ARE HEREBY ADVISED THAT IN THIS CIRCUIT:

___ a. electronic recording is provided by the court. A party may provide a court reporter at that party's expense. ___ b. a court reporter is provided by the court.

If you are represented by an attorney or plan to retain an attorney for this matter you should notify the attorney of this hearing.

If this matter is resolved, the moving party shall contact the General Master's Office to cancel this hearing.

I certify that a copy of this document was[ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} _______.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: _____________________________ Address: __________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________ Fax Number: _______________________

Dated: _____________________________

______________________________________ Signature of Party Printed Name: _________________________ Address: ______________________________ City, State, Zip: _____________________ Telephone Number: _____________________ Fax Number: ___________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blank]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} _____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________, city} _______________, state} ____, phone} ____________, helped name} _____________, who is the [ one only] ______ petitioner or ___ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.921, NOTICE OF HEARING (CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT HEARING OFFICER)

When should this form be used?

A child support enforcement hearing officer is an attorney who has been appointed by administrative order of the court to take testimony and recommend decisions in cases involving the establishment, enforcement, and/or modification of child support. If your case only involves issues pertaining to child support, you cannot object to the referral of your case to a hearing officer.

Use this form anytime you have set a hearing before a child support enforcement hearing officer and have been instructed to send notice of the hearing to the other party. Before you fill out this form, you should coordinate a hearing time and date with the hearing officer and the other party. If the Department of Revenue is a party to the case, you may need to schedule your hearing time with the attorney for the Department of Revenue.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your case is filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, See rule 12.941, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

Special notes . . .

An attorney who has been appointed by the court to serve as a child support enforcement hearing officer can also be appointed to serve as a general master. If your case involves only child support issues, your case properly may be referred to a general master acting as a child support enforcement hearing officer.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, a Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

______________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ______________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________________________ Division: _______________________________

______________________________, Petitioner, and ______________________________, Respondent.

NOTICE OF HEARING (CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT HEARING OFFICER)

TO: name of other party} ___________________________________________

There will be a hearing before Child Support Enforcement Hearing name} ________________, on date} _________, at time} ______m., in Room __________ of the _______________________________________________ County Courthouse, on the following issues: _____________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ ________ hour(s)/ __________ minutes have been reserved for this hearing.

This part to be filled out by the court or filled in with information you have obtained from the court:

If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact name} __________________________________ address} ______________________________________ telephone} _____________ within 2 working days of your receipt of this Notice of Hearing. If you or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-955-8771.

If you are represented by an attorney or plan to retain an attorney for this matter, you should notify the attorney of this hearing.

If this matter is resolved, the moving party shall contact the hearing officer's office to cancel this hearing.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and the person(s) listed below on date} _________________.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: _______________________________ Address: ____________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________ Fax Number: _________________________

Dated: ______________________________

_____________________________________ Signature of Party Printed Name: ________________________ Address: _____________________________ City, State, Zip: ____________________ Telephone Number: ____________________ Fax Number: __________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _____________________________________, state} ________, phone} _______________________, helped name} __________, who is the [ one only] ____ petitioner or _____ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM(S) 12.922(a), MOTION FOR DEFAULT and 12.922(b), DEFAULT

When should these forms be used?

If the other party has failed to file or serve any documents within 20 days after the date of service of your petition, you may ask the clerk of the circuit court to enter a default against him or her by filling out this form and filing it with the court. Generally, a default allows you to obtain an earlier final hearing to finish your case. Once the default is signed by the clerk, you can request a trial or final hearing in your case.

To obtain a default, you will need to complete Motion for Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(a). You will then need to file your motion for default along with the Default, Florida Family Law Form 12.922(b), so that the clerk can enter a default for you if your motion is proper.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where you filed your petition and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

After the default has been entered, you must ask for a hearing, so that the judge can consider your petition. To do this, you must contact the clerk's office, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to schedule a hearing and file a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, with the clerk. A copy of the notice of hearing must be mailed or hand-delivered to each party in the case. You must send a notice of final hearing to the defaulted party.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see rule 1.500, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, concerning defaults and rule 1.140, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, concerning the time within which a party can file an answer or other responsive pleading to a petition. See also rule 12.080, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________________________ Division: ________________________________

____________________________, Petitioner, and ____________________________, Respondent.

MOTION FOR DEFAULT

TO THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT:

PLEASE ENTER A DEFAULT AGAINST RESPONDENT WHO HAS FAILED TO RESPOND TO THE PETITION.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} _________.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: ___________________________ Address: ________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________ Fax Number: _____________________

Dated: __________________________

_________________________________________ Signature of Petitioner Printed Name: ____________________________ Address: __________________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________________ Telephone Number: ________________________ Fax Number: _______________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ___________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________________________________, state} _______, phone} _________________________________________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ____________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ________________________________ Division: ________________________________

_______________________, Petitioner, and ______________________, Respondent.

DEFAULT

A default is entered in this action against Respondent for failure to serve or file a response or any paper as is required by law.

Dated: _________________________________

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (SEAL) By: ____________________________ Deputy Clerk

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} _________.

Other party or his/her attorney:

Name: _______________________________ Address: ____________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________ Fax Number: _________________________ Dated: ______________________________

____________________________________ Signature of Petitioner Printed Name: _______________________ Address: ____________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________ Telephone Number: ___________________ Fax Number: _________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} _____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________________________________, state} _________, phone} _________________________________, helped name} __________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.922(c), MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT OR DEFAULT JUDGMENT

When should this form be used?

If a default or default judgment has been entered against you, and you believe, because of a mistake, inadvertence, excusable neglect, newly discovered evidence, or fraud, that it should not have been entered against you, you can use this form to request that the court set aside the default or default judgment.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the default was entered and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

After you file this form with the clerk and serve a copy on the other party in the case, you must schedule a hearing so that the court can consider your motion. You should contact the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to schedule a hearing. Once you have scheduled the hearing date and time, you will need to complete and send out a notice for that hearing. To do so, use Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see rule 12.540, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, and rules 1.500(d) and 1.540(b), Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

_______________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ___________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ________________________ COUNTY,FLORIDA

Case No.: ___________________________ Division: ___________________________ _______________________, Petitioner, and ______________________, Respondent.

MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT OR DEFAULT JUDGMENT

I, full legal name} _________________________________________________ request that the Court enter an order to set aside the ( ) Default ( ) Default Judgment entered against me and that I be given the opportunity to present my views.

The Court should do this because:

1. I became aware of this Default/Default Judgment on date} ____________.

2. I found out about this in the following manner explain how you found out: _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

3. I did not answer or appear at the hearing because: __________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

4. If I am given an opportunity, these are the defenses and arguments that I would like to tell the court about: _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} ________.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: ____________________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________ Fax Number: ______________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this motion and that the punishment for making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: __________________________

________________________________________ Signature of Respondent Printed Name: ___________________________ Address: ________________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________________ Telephone Number: ______________________ Fax Number: _____________________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ___________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on ______________ by ___________

___________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

___________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced __________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________________________, city} _______________, state} ____________, phone} _______________________, helped name} _________, who is the respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.923, NOTICE OF HEARING (GENERAL)

When should this form be used?

Anytime you have set a hearing before a judge, you must send notice of the hearing to the other party. IMPORTANT: If your hearing has been set before a general master, you should use Notice of Hearing Before General Master, Florida Family Law Form 12.920(c). If your hearing has been set before a child support enforcement hearing officer, you should use Notice of Hearing (Child Support Hearing Officer), Florida Family Law Form 12.921.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your case was fled keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case. If a default has been entered, you must still send this form to the other party to notify the other party of the final hearing.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information on serving notices of hearing, see rule 1.090(d), Florida Civil Rules of Procedure.

Special notes . . .

To set a hearing date and time, you will usually have to make a good-faith effort to coordinate a mutually convenient date and time for you, the other parties in the case, and the judge, except in certain emergency situations. Some circuits may have additional procedural requirements that you must follow when you notify the court and other parties of your scheduled hearing. Therefore, before you complete this form, you should contact the clerk's office, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for information regarding the proper procedure to follow.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ____________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _________________________ Division: _________________________

__________________________, Petitioner, and ___________________________, Respondent.

NOTICE OF HEARING (GENERAL)

[ fill in all blanks]

TO: name of other party} ________________________________________________

There will be a hearing before Judge name} ______________________, on date} ____________, at time} __________m., in Room of the Courthouse, on the following issues: _________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ _______ hour(s)/______ minutes have been reserved for this hearing.

This part to be filled out by the court or to be filled in with information you obtained from the court: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact name} ________________________________________________________________, address} ________________________________, telephone} _________, within 2 working days of your receipt of this Notice of Hearing. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-955-8771.

If you are represented by an attorney or plan to retain an attorney for this matter, you should notify the attorney of this hearing.

If this matter is resolved, the moving party shall contact the judge's office to cancel this hearing.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} _________.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: ___________________________ Address: ________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________ Fax Number: _____________________

Dated: __________________________

________________________________________ Signature of Party Printed Name: ___________________________ Address: ________________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________________ Telephone Number: _______________________ Fax Number: _____________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ___________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ________________, city} ______________, state} ________, phone} ________________, helped name} ___________, who is the [ one only] _______ petitioner or _____respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.924, NOTICE FOR TRIAL

When should this form be used?

Generally, the court will have trials (or final hearings ) on contested cases. This form is to be used to notify the court that your case is ready to be set for trial. Before setting your case for trial, certain requirements such as completing mandatory disclosure and filing certain papers and having them served on the other party must be met. These requirements vary depending on the type of case and the procedures in your particular circuit. In some circuits you must complete mediation or a parenting course before you can set a final hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form. Other circuits may require that you set the trial using an Order Setting Trial. Contact the clerk of the court, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to determine how the judge assigned to your case sets trials. For further information, you should refer to the instructions for the type of form you are filing.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your case is filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see rule 12.440, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

Special notes . . .

These family law forms contain orders and final judgments, which the judge may use. You should ask the clerk of court, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant if you need to bring one of these forms with you to the hearing or trial. If so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the parties' names, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete at your hearing or trial.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A non-lawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

__________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ______________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ____________________________ Division: ____________________________

__________________________, Petitioner, and _________________________, Respondent.

NOTICE FOR TRIAL

Pursuant to rule 12.440, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, the party signs below states that the case is ready to be set for trial. The estimated time needed for the parties to present their cases is: hours} ________________.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} ________.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: ___________________________ Address: ________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________ Fax Number: _____________________

Dated: __________________________

________________________________________ Signature of Party Printed Name: ___________________________ Address: ________________________________ City, State, Zip: ______________________ Telephone Number: ______________________ Fax Number: ____________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} _______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ______________________________, city} _______________, state} _______, phone} ______________, helped name} ____________________, who is the [ one only] ___ petitioner or ___ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.927, NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL

When should this form be used?

If you are the petitioner in a case and you wish to discontinue (dismiss) the case, you may use this form to request that the court dismiss your petition. If you are the respondent in a case and you have filed a counterpetition, you may use this form to request that the court dismiss your counterpetition.

WARNING: If your case involves both a petition and a counterpetition, a notice of voluntary dismissal filed by one party will NOT dismiss the other party's petition or counterpetition. The other party also must file a notice of voluntary dismissal for the entire case to stop completely.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your case is filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to each party in the case.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see rule 12.420, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, a Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

__________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE __________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _______________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________________________ Division: _______________________________

________________________, Petitioner, and ________________________, Respondent.

NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL

I, full legal name} ___________________________, give notice that:

[ one only]

___ a. I am the Petitioner in this case and I voluntarily dismiss my petition.

___ b. I am the Respondent in this case and I voluntarily dismiss my counterpetition.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date} ________.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: ____________________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________ Fax Number: ______________________

Dated: ___________________________

______________________________________ Signature of Party Printed Name: _________________________ Address: ______________________________ City, State, Zip: _____________________ Telephone Number: _____________________ Fax Number: ___________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} ____________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} ________________, city} __________, state} _________, phone} _______________, helped name} _______________, who is the [ one only] ___ petitioner or __ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.930(a), NOTICE OF SERVICE OF STANDARD FAMILY LAW INTERROGATORIES

When should this form be used?

You should use this form to tell the court that you are asking the other party in your case to answer certain standard questions in writing. These questions are called interrogatories, and they must relate to your case. The standard family law interrogatories are designed to supplement the information provided in the Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Forms 12.901(d) or (e). You should carefully read the standard interrogatory forms, Florida Family Law Form 12.930(b) and (c), to determine which questions, if any, the other party needs to answer in order to provide you with information not covered by the financial affidavit forms.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. You must indicate whether you are sending the interrogatories for original and enforcement proceedings or the interrogatories for modification proceedings. You must also indicate which questions you are asking the other party to answer. After completing this form you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your case was filed and keep a copy for your records.

What should I do next?

A copy of this form, along with two copies of the appropriate interrogatories, Florida Family Law Form 12.930(b) or (c), must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case.

You may want to inform the other party of the following information:

As a general rule, within 30 days after service of interrogatories, the other party must answer the questions in writing and mail (have postmarked) the answers to you. His or her answers may be written on as many separate sheets of paper as necessary. He or she should number each page and indicate which question(s) he or she is answering, and be sure to make a copy for him/herself. All answers to these questions are made under oath or affirmation as to their truthfulness. Each question must be answered separately and as completely as the available information permits.

The other party may object to a question by writing the legal reason for the objection in the space provided. He or she may also ask the court for a protective order granting him or her permission not to answer certain questions and protecting him or her from annoyance, embarrassment, apprehension, or undue burden or expense. If the other party fails to either answer or object to the questions within 30 days, he or she may be subject to court sanctions.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see rules 12.280, 12.285, 12.340, and 12.380, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, and rules 1.280, 1.340, and 1.380, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.

Special notes . . .

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

_________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF __________________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ___________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: ________________________ Division: ________________________ _________________________, Petitioner, and _________________________, Respondent.

NOTICE OF SERVICE OF STANDARD FAMILY LAW INTERROGATORIES

I, full legal name} _____________________________, have on date} ______, served upon name of person served} ______________, to be answered under oath within 30 days after service, the Standard Family Law Interrogatories for [ one only]

( ) Original or Enforcement Proceedings ( ) Modification Proceedings

I am requesting that the following standard questions be answered: [ all that apply]

____1 ____2 ____3 ____4 ____5 ____6 ____7 Background Education Employment Assets Liabilities Miscellaneous Long Information Form Affidavit In addition, I am requesting that the attached #} ______ questions be answered.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the persons) listed below on date} ________.

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: _____________________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________ Fax Number: ______________________

Dated: ____________________________

______________________________________ Signature of Party Printed Name: ________________________ Address: _____________________________ City, State, Zip: ____________________ Telephone Number: ____________________ Fax Number: __________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN ALL THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks] I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} _______________________, a nonlawyer, located at street} _____________________, city} __________, state} _________, phone} _____________, helped name} _______________, who is the [ one only] ___ petitioner or ___ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.930(b), STANDARD FAMILY LAW INTERROGATORIES FOR ORIGINAL OR ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS

When should this form be used?

This form should be used to ask the other party in your case to answer certain standard questions in writing. These questions are called interrogatories, and they must relate to your case. If the other party fails to answer the questions, you may ask the judge to order the other party to answer the questions. (You cannot ask these questions before the petition has been filed .)

The questions in this form should be used in original proceedings or enforcement proceedings and are meant to supplement the information provided in the Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Forms 12.901(d) or (e). You should read all of the questions in this form to determine which questions, if any, the other party needs to answer in order to provide you with information not covered in the financial affidavit forms. If there are questions to which you already know the answer, you may choose not to ask them.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. You must complete the box at the beginning of this form to indicate which questions you are requesting that the other party answer. You should send 2 copies of this form and the Notice of Service of Standard Family Law Interrogatories, Florida Family Law Forms 12.930(a), to the other party. You should also keep a copy for your records. You do not need to file this form with the clerk of the circuit court. However, you must file the Notice of Service of Standard Family Law Interrogatories, Florida Family Law Forms 12.930(a), to tell the court that you have sent this form to the other party.

Where can I look for more information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see the instructions for Notice of Service of Standard Family Law Interrogatories, Florida Family Law Form 12.930(a), rules 12.280, 12.285, 12.340, and 12.380, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, and rules 1.280, 1.340, and 1.380, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.

Special notes . . .

In addition to the standard questions in this form, you may ask up to 10 additional questions. You should type or print legibly your additional questions on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to this form. If you want to ask more than 10 additional questions, you will need to get permission from the judge.

You may want to inform the other party of the following information: As a general rule, within 30 days after service of interrogatories, the other party must answer the questions in writing and mail (have postmarked) the answers to you. His or her answers shall be written in the blank space provided after each separately numbered interrogatory. If sufficient space is not provided, the answering party may attach additional papers with the answers and refer to them in the space provided in the interrogatories. He or she should be sure to make a copy for him/herself. All answers to these questions are made under oath or information as to their truthfulness. Each question must be answered separately and as completely as the available information permits. The other party may object to a question by writing the legal reason for the objection in the space provided. He or she may also ask the court for a protective order granting him or her permission not to answer certain questions and protecting him or her from annoyance, embarrassment, apprehension, or undue burden or expense. If the other party fails to either answer or object to the questions within 30 days, he or she may be subject to court sanctions.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and page of every form he or she helps you telephone number on the bottom of the last complete.

_________________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE __________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR __________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _________________ Division: _________________ ________________________________, Petitioner,

and

________________________________, Respondent.

STANDARD FAMILY LAW INTERROGATORIES FOR ORIGINAL OR ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS

TO BE COMPLETED BY THE PARTY SERVING THESE INTERROGATORIES

I am requesting that the following standard questions be answered: [ all that apply]

_____ 1 _____ 2 ______ 3 ___ 4 _____ 5 ______ 6 ___ 7 Background Education Employment Assets Liabilities Miscellaneous Long Information Form Affidavit

In addition, I am requesting that the attached #} _____ questions be answered.

The answers to the following questions are intended to supplement the information provided in the Financial Affidavits, Florida Family Law Forms 12.901(d) or (e). You should answer the group of questions indicated in the above shaded box. The questions should be answered in the blank space provided below each separately numbered question. If sufficient space is not provided, you may attach additional papers with the answers and refer to them in the space provided in the interrogatories. You should be sure to make a copy for yourself. Each question must be answered separately and as completely as the available information permits. All answers are to be made under oath or affirmation as to their truthfulness.

I, name of person answering interrogatories } _____________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

a. State your full legal name and any other name by which you have been known. b. State your present residence and telephone numbers. c. State your place and date of birth.

2. EDUCATION:

a. List all business, commercial, and professional licenses that you have obtained. b. List all of your education including, but not limited to, vocational or specialized training, including the following:

(1) name and address of each educational institution. (2) dates of attendance. (3) degrees or certificates obtained or anticipated dates of same.

3. EMPLOYMENT:

a. For each place of your employment or self-employment during the last 3 years, state the following:

(1) name, address, and telephone number of your employer. (2) dates of employment. (3) job title and brief description of job duties. (4) starting and ending salaries. (5) name of your direct supervisor. (6) all benefits received, including, for example, health, life, and disability insurance; expense account; use of automobile or automobile expense reimbursement; reimbursement for travel, food, or lodging expenses; payment of dues in any clubs or associations; and pension or profit sharing plans.

b. Other than as an employee, if you have been engaged in or associated with any business, commercial, or professional activity within the last 3 years that was not detailed above, state for each such activity the following:

(1) name, address, and telephone number of each activity. (2) dates you were connected with such activity. (3) position title and brief description of activities. (4) starting and ending compensation. (5) name of all persons involved in the business, commercial, or professional activity with you. (6) all benefits and compensation received, including, for example, health, life, and disability insurance; expense account; use of automobile or automobile expense reimbursement; reimbursement for travel, food, or lodging expenses; payment of dues in any clubs or associations; and pension or profit sharing plans.

c. If you have been unemployed at any time during the last 3 years, state the dates of unemployment. If you have not been employed at any time in the last 3 years, give the information requested above in question 3.a for your last period of employment.

4. ASSETS:

a. Real Estate. State the street address of all real property that you own or owned during the last 3 years. For each property, state the following:

(1) the names and addresses of any other persons or entities holding any interest and their percentage of interest. (2) the purchase price, the cost of any improvements made since it was purchased, and the amount of any depreciation taken. (3) the fair market value on the date of your separation from your spouse. (4) the fair market value on the date of the filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage.

b. Tangible Personal Property. List all items of tangible personal property that are owned by you or in which you have had any interest during the last 3 years including, but not limited to, motor vehicles, tools, furniture, boats, jewelry, art objects or other collections, and collectibles whose fair market value exceeds $100. For each item, state the following:

(1) the percentage and type interest you hold. (2) the names and addresses of any other persons or entities holding any interest. (3) the date you acquired your interest. (4) the purchase price. (5) the present fair market value. (6) the fair market value on the date of your separation from your spouse. (7) the fair market value on the date of the filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage.

c. Intangible Personal Property. Other than the financial accounts (checking, savings, money market, credit union accounts, or other such cash management accounts) listed in the answer to interrogatory 4.d below, list all items of intangible personal property that are owned by you or in which you have had any ownership interest (including closed accounts) within the last 3 years, including but not limited to, partnership and business interests (including good will), stocks, stock funds, mutual funds, bonds, bond funds, real estate investment trust, receivables, certificates of deposit, notes, mortgages, and debts owed to you by another entity or person. For each item, state the following:

(1) the percentage and type interest you hold. (2) the names and addresses of any other persons or entities holding any interest and the names and addresses of the persons and entities who are indebted to you. (3) the date you acquired your interest. (4) the purchase price, acquisition cost, or loaned amount. (5) the fair market value or the amounts you claim are owned by or owed to you:

(a) presently, at the time of answering these interrogatories. (b) on the date of your separation from your spouse. (c) on the date of the filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage.

You may comply with this interrogatory (4.c) by providing copies of all periodic (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual) account statements for each such preceding 3 years. However, if the date of acquisition, the purchase price and the market valuations are not clearly reflected in the periodic statements which are furnished then these questions must be answered separately. You do not have to resubmit any periodic statements previously furnished under rule 12.285 (Mandatory Disclosure).

d. Financial Accounts. For all financial accounts (checking, savings, money market, credit union accounts, or other such cash management accounts) listed in your Financial Affidavit, in which you have had any legal or equitable interest, regardless of whether the interest is or was held in your own name individually, in your name with another person, or in any other name, give the following:

(1) name and address of each institution. (2) name in which the account is or was maintained. (3) account numbers. (4) name of each person authorized to make withdrawals from the accounts. (5) highest balance within each of the preceding 3 years. (6) lowest balance within each of the preceding 3 years.

You may comply with this interrogatory (4.d) by providing copies of all periodic (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual) account statements for each such account for the preceding 3 years. You do not have to resubmit account statements previously furnished pursuant to rule 12.285 (Mandatory Disclosure).

e. Closed Financial Accounts. For all financial accounts (checking, savings, money market, credit union accounts, or other such cash management accounts) closed within the last 3 years, in which you have had any legal or equitable interest, regardless of whether the interest is or was held in your own name individually, in your name with another person, or in any other name, give the following:

(1) name and address of each institution. (2) name in which the account is or was maintained. (3) account numbers. (4) name of each person authorized to make withdrawals from the accounts. (5) date account was closed.

f. Trust. For any interest in an estate, trust, insurance policy, or annuity, state the following:

(1) If you are the beneficiary of any estate, trust, insurance policy, or annuity, give for each one the following:

(a) identification of the estate, trust, insurance policy, or annuity. (b) the nature, amount, and frequency of any distributions of benefits. (c) the total value of the beneficiaries' interest in the benefit. (d) whether the benefit is vested or contingent.

(2) If you have established any trust or are the trustee of a trust, state the following:

(a) the date the trust was established. (b) the names and addresses of the trustees. (c) the names and addresses of the beneficiaries. (d) the names and addresses of the persons or entities who possess the trust documents. (e) each asset that is held in each trust, with its fair market value.

g. Canceled Life Insurance Policies. For all policies of life insurance within the preceding 3 years that you no longer hold, own, or have any interest in, state the following:

(1) name of company that issued the policy and policy number. (2) name, address, and telephone number of agent who issued the policy. (3) amount of coverage. (4) name of insured. (5) name of owner of policy. (6) name of beneficiaries. (7) premium amount. (8) date the policy was surrendered. (9) amount, if any, of monies distributed to the owner.

h. Name of Accountant, Bookkeeper, or Records Keeper. State the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of your accountant, bookkeeper, and any other persons who possess your financial records, and state which records each possesses.

i. Safe Deposit Boxes, Lock Boxes, Vaults, Etc. For all safe deposit boxes, lock boxes, vaults, or similar types of depositories, state the following: (1) The names and addresses of all banks, depositories, or other places where, at any time during the period beginning 3 years before the initiation of the action, until the date of your answering this interrogatory, you did any of the following:

(a) had a safe deposit box, lock box, or vault. (b) were a signatory or co-signatory on a safe deposit box, lock box, or vault. (c) had access to a safe deposit box, lock box, or vault. (d) maintained property.

(2) The box or identification numbers and the name and address of each person who has had access to any such depository during the same time period. (3) All persons who have possession of the keys or combination to the safe deposit box, lock box, or vault. (4) Any items removed from any safe deposit boxes, lock boxes, vaults, or similar types of depositories by you or your agent during that time, together with the present location and fair market value of each item. (5) All items in any safe deposit boxes, lock boxes, vaults, or similar types of depositories and fair market value of each item.

5. LIABILITIES:

a. Loans, Liabilities, Debts, and Other Obligations. For all loans, liabilities, debts, and other obligations (other than credit cards and charge accounts) listed in your Financial Affidavit, indicate for each the following:

(1) name and address of the creditor. (2) name in which the obligation is or was incurred. (3) loan or account number, if any. (4) nature of the security, if any. (5) payment schedule. (6) present balance and current status of your payments. (7) total amount of arrearage, if any. (8) balance on the date of your separation from your spouse. (9) balance on the date of the filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage.

You may comply with this interrogatory (5.a) by providing copies of all periodic (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual) account statements for each such account for the preceding 3 years. You do not have to resubmit account statements previously furnished under rule 12.285 (Mandatory Disclosure).

b. Credit Cards and Charge Accounts. For all financial accounts (credit cards, charge accounts, or other such accounts) listed in your Financial Affidavit, in which you have had any legal or equitable interest, regardless of whether the interest is or was held in your own name individually, in your name with another person, or in any other name, give the following:

(1) name and address of the creditor. (2) name in which the account is or was maintained. (3) names of each person authorized to sign on the accounts. (4) account numbers. (5) present balance and current status of your payments. (6) total amount of arrearage, if any. (7) balance on the date of your separation from your spouse. (8) balance on the date of the filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage. (9) highest and lowest balance within each of the preceding 3 years.

You may comply with this interrogatory (5.b) by providing copies of all periodic (monthly quarterly, semi-annual, or annual) account statements for each such account for the preceding 3 years. You do not have to resubmit account statements previously furnished under rule 12.285 (Mandatory Disclosure).

c. Closed Credit Cards and Charge Accounts. For all financial accounts (credit cards, charge accounts, or other such accounts) closed with no remaining balance, within the last 3 years, in which you have had any legal or equitable interest, regardless of whether the interest is or was held in your own name individually, in your name with another person, or in any other name, give the following:

(1) name and address of each creditor. (2) name in which the account is or was maintained. (3) account numbers. (4) names of each person authorized to sign on the accounts. (5) date the balance was paid off. (6) amount of final balance paid off.

You may comply with this interrogatory (5.c) by providing copies of all periodic (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual) account statements for each such account for the preceding 3 years. You do not have to resubmit account statements previously furnished under rule 12.285 (Mandatory Disclosure)

6. MISCELLANEOUS:

a. If you are claiming a special equity in any assets, list the asset, the amount claimed as special equity, and all facts upon which you rely in your claim. b. If you are claiming an asset or liability is nonmarital, list the asset or liability and all facts upon which you rely in your claim.

c. If the mental or physical condition of a spouse or child is an issue, identify the person and state the name and address of all health care providers involved in the treatment of that person for said mental or physical condition. d. If custody of minor children is an issue, state why, and the facts that support your contention that you should be the primary residential parent or have sole parental responsibility of the child(ren).

7. LONG FORM AFFIDAVIT: If you filed the short form affidavit, Form 12.901 (d), and you were specifically requested in the Notice of Service of Standard Family Law Interrogatories to file the Long Form Affidavit, Form 12.901 (e), you must do so within the time to serve the answers to these interrogatories.

I certify that a copy of this document was [ one only] ( ) mailed ( ) faxed and mailed ( ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on date}

Other party or his/her attorney: Name: _____________________________ Address: __________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________ Telephone Number: _________________ Fax Number: _______________________

I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the answers to these interrogatories and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated: ____________________________ ______________________________ Signature of Party Printed Name: _________________ Address: ______________________ City, State, Zip: _____________ Telephone Number: _____________ Fax Number: ___________________

STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF ________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on _________ by ___________.

_____________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC — STATE OF FLORIDA

______________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary.]

___ Personally known ___ Produced identification Type of identification produced ___________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks]

I, full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} a nonlawyer, located at street} _______________, city} _______________, state} ____________, phone} ___________, helped name} _______________, who is the [ one only] ___ petitioner or ___ respondent, fill out this form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW FORM 12.930 (c), STANDARD FAMILY LAW INTERROGATORIES FOR MODIFICATION PROCEEDINGS

When should this form be used?

This form should be used to ask the other party in your case to answer certain standard questions in writing These questions are called interrogatories, and they must relate to your case. If the other party fails to answer the questions, you may ask the judge to order the other party to answer the questions (You cannot ask these questions before the petition has been filed.)

The questions in this form should be used in modification proceedings and are meant to the information provided in the Financial Affidavits, Florida Family Forms 12.901 (d) or (e). You should read all of the questions in this form to determine which questions, if any, the other needs to answer in order to provide with information not covered in the financial affidavit forms. If there are questions to which you already know the answer you may choose not to ask them.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. You must complete the box at the beginning of this form to indicate which questions you are requesting that the other party answer. You should send two copies of this form and the Notice of Service of Standard Family Law Interrogatories, Florida Family Law Forms 12.930 (a) to the other party. You should also keep a copy for your records. You do not need to file this form with the clerk of the circuit court. However you must file the Notice of Service of Standard Family Law Interrogatories, Florida Family Law Forms 12.930 (a), to tell the court that you have sent this form to the other party.

Where can I look for more Information?

Before proceeding, you should read "General Information for Pro Se Litigants" found at the beginning of these forms. For further information, see the instructions for Notice of Service of Standard Family Law Interrogatories, Florida Family Law Form 12.930 (a), rules 12.280, 12.285, 12.340, and 12.380, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure and rules 1.280, 1.340, and 1.380, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.

Special notes . . .

In addition to the standard questions in this form, you may ask up to 10 additional questions. You should type or print your additional questions on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to this form. If you want to ask more than 10 additional questions, you will need to get permission from the judge

You may want to inform the other party of the following information: As a general rule, within 30 days after service of interrogatories, the other party must answer the questions in writing and mail (have postmarked) the answers to you. His or her answers shall be written in the blank space provided after each separately numbered interrogatory If sufficient space is not provided, the answering party may attach additional papers with the answers and refer to them in the space provided in the interrogatories He or she should be sure to make a copy for him/herself. All answers to these questions are made under oath or affirmation as to their truthfulness. Each question must be answered separately and as completely as the available information permits. The other party may object to a question by writing the legal reason for the objection in the space provided. He or she may also ask the court for a protective order granting him or her permission not to answer certain questions and protecting him or her from annoyance, embarrassment, apprehension, or undue burden or expense. If the other party fails to either answer or object to the questions within 30 days, he or she may be subject to court sanctions.

Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Form 12.900, before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete.

___________________________________________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE __________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ___________ COUNTY, FLORIDA

Case No.: _______________________ Division: _______________________ ________________________________, Petitioner,

and

________________________________, Respondent.

STANDARD FAMILY LAW INTERROGATORIES FOR MODIFICATION PROCEEDINGS

TO BE COMPLETED BY THE PARTY SERVING THESE INTERROGATORIES

I am requesting that the following standard questions be answered: [ all that apply]

____ 1 ____ 2 ____ 3 _____ 4 ____ 5 ____ 6 ____ 7 Background Education Employment Assets Liabilities Miscellaneous Long Information Form Affidavit In addition, I am requesting that the attached #} __________ questions be answered.