Form 12.903(E) "Answer to Supplemental Petition" - Florida

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY
LAW FORM 12.903(e),
ANSWER TO SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION
(02/18)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when you are responding to a supplemental petition for modification of
Parenting Plan, time-sharing schedule, child support, or 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 Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(c)(1), or
Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No
Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(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 or deputy clerk. 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.
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?
A copy of this form, along with all of the other forms required with this answer, must be mailed, e-
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
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(e), Answer to Supplemental Petition
(02/18)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY
LAW FORM 12.903(e),
ANSWER TO SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION
(02/18)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when you are responding to a supplemental petition for modification of
Parenting Plan, time-sharing schedule, child support, or 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 Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(c)(1), or
Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No
Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(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 or deputy clerk. 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.
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?
A copy of this form, along with all of the other forms required with this answer, must be mailed, e-
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
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(e), Answer to Supplemental Petition
(02/18)
party may contact 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 Supreme Court Approved 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 Supreme Court Approved 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 hearing, 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 Self-Represented 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.
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 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.
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(e), Answer to Supplemental Petition
(02/18)
Special notes...
With this form, you may also need to file the following:
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) Affidavit, Florida
Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(d), if the case involves child(ren).
Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(e),
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
Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(f)(1), or Marital Settlement Agreement
for Dissolution of Marriage with [Property but] No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida
Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(f)(2).
Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form
12.902(j), if not previously filed.
Family Law Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(b) or (c).
(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 Rules of Procedure
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.)
Parenting and Time-Sharing. If you and the other party are unable to agree on parenting
arrangements and a time-sharing schedule, a judge will decide for you as part of establishing a
Parenting Plan. The judge will decide the parenting arrangements and time-sharing schedule 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 plan recommendation 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. A parenting
course may be required prior to entry of a final judgment. 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
Supervised Time-Sharing
No contact
Parenting Plan
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Parenting Plan Recommendation
Time-Sharing Schedule
Child Support. Both parents are required to provide financial support for their minor or dependent
children.; however, , the court may order one parent to pay child support 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 and the number of overnights the child(ren) spend with each parent. You must file a
Family Law Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(b) or (c), 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 Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(e). 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 time-sharing
with child(ren), child support or alimony, you may file a Motion for Temporary Support with
Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Supreme Court Approved 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 Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form 12.947(c). 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 Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(f)(1), or Marital Settlement Agreement for
Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.902(f)(2). Both parties must sign this agreement before a notary public or deputy
clerk. 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 Supplemental Final Judgment Modifying
Parental Responsibility, Visitation, or Parenting Plan/Time-Sharing Schedule or Other Relief, Florida
Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.993(a), a Supplemental Final Judgment Modifying
Child Support, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.993(b), and a Supplemental Final
Judgment Modifying Alimony, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.993(c), which
the judge may use, as appropriate. You should contact 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
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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.
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