Form 12.903(D) "Answer to Counterpetition" - Florida

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.903(d)
ANSWER TO COUNTERPETITION
(02/18)
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 or deputy clerk. 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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING E-FILING
The Florida Rules of Judicial Administration now require that all petitions, pleadings, and documents be
filed electronically except in certain circumstances. Self-represented litigants may file petitions or other
pleadings or documents electronically; however, they are not required to do so. If you choose to file
your pleadings or other documents electronically, you must do so in accordance with Florida Rule of
Judicial Administration 2.525, and you must follow the procedures of the judicial circuit in which you file.
The rules and procedures should be carefully read and followed.
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, e-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 Self-Represented Litigants found at the
beginning of these forms. The words that are in bold underline in these instructions are defined there.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING E-SERVICE ELECTION
After the initial service of process of the petition or supplemental petition by the Sheriff or certified
process server, the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration now require that all documents required or
permitted to be served on the other party must be served by electronic mail (e-mail) except in certain
circumstances. You must strictly comply with the format requirements set forth in the Rules of Judicial
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(d), Answer to Counterpetition (02/18)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.903(d)
ANSWER TO COUNTERPETITION
(02/18)
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 or deputy clerk. 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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING E-FILING
The Florida Rules of Judicial Administration now require that all petitions, pleadings, and documents be
filed electronically except in certain circumstances. Self-represented litigants may file petitions or other
pleadings or documents electronically; however, they are not required to do so. If you choose to file
your pleadings or other documents electronically, you must do so in accordance with Florida Rule of
Judicial Administration 2.525, and you must follow the procedures of the judicial circuit in which you file.
The rules and procedures should be carefully read and followed.
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, e-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 Self-Represented Litigants found at the
beginning of these forms. The words that are in bold underline in these instructions are defined there.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING E-SERVICE ELECTION
After the initial service of process of the petition or supplemental petition by the Sheriff or certified
process server, the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration now require that all documents required or
permitted to be served on the other party must be served by electronic mail (e-mail) except in certain
circumstances. You must strictly comply with the format requirements set forth in the Rules of Judicial
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(d), Answer to Counterpetition (02/18)
Administration. If you elect to participate in electronic service, which means serving or receiving
pleadings by electronic mail (e-mail), or through the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, you must review Florida
Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516. You may find this rule at
www.flcourts.org
through the link to the
Rules of Judicial Administration provided under either Family Law Forms: Getting Started, or Rules of Court
in the A-Z Topical Index.
SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANTS MAY SERVE DOCUMENTS BY E-MAIL; HOWEVER, THEY ARE NOT
REQUIRED TO DO SO. If a self-represented litigant elects to serve and receive documents by e-mail, the
procedures must always be followed once the initial election is made.
To serve and receive documents by e-mail, you must designate your e-mail addresses by using the
Designation of Current Mailing and E-mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form
12.915, and you must provide your e-mail address on each form on which your signature appears. Please
CAREFULLY read the rules and instructions for: Certificate of Service (General), Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.914; Designation of Current Mailing and E-mail Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915; and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516.
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 Rules of
Procedure Form 12.900(a), 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.
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(d), Answer to Counterpetition (02/18)
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.:
Division:
In re: The Marriage of:
_________________________________ ,
Petitioner/Counter-Respondent,
and
_________________________________,
Respondent/Counter-Petitioner.
ANSWER TO COUNTERPETITION
I, {full legal name}
, Petitioner/Counter-Respondent, being sworn,
certify that the following information is true:
1. I agree with Respondent as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the
Counterpetition and, therefore, admit those allegations: {indicate section and paragraph number}
.
2. I disagree with Respondent as to the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in
the Counterpetition and, therefore, deny those allegations: {indicate section and paragraph
number}
.
3. I am currently unable to admit or deny the following paragraphs due to lack of information:
{indicate section and paragraph number}
_____________________
.
I certify that a copy of this document was _____ mailed _____ faxed and mailed _____ e-mailed
_____hand-delivered to the person(s) listed below on {date} ____________________________.
Respondent/Counter-Petitioner or his/her attorney:
Name:
Address:
City, State, Zip:
Fax Number:
Designated E-mail Address(es):______________________
_______________________________________________
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(d), Answer to Counterpetition (02/18)
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/Counter-Respondent
Printed Name:
Address:
City, State, Zip:
Telephone Number:
Fax Number:
Designated E-mail Address(es): ___________________
_____________________________________________
STATE OF FLORIDA
COUNTY OF
_______
Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on
by
.
NOTARY PUBLIC or DEPUTY CLERK
[Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or
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] This form was prepared for the Petitioner/Counter-Respondent
This form was completed with the assistance of:
{name of individual} __________________________________________________________________,
{name of business} ___________________________________________________________________,
{address}
_________________________________________________,
{city} ____________,{state} ___,{zip code}_____________, {telephone number}________________.
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(d), Answer to Counterpetition (02/18)