Form 12.981(A)(6) "Motion for Search of the Putative Father Registry" - Florida

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.981(a)(6),
MOTION FOR SEARCH OF THE PUTATIVE FATHER REGISTRY (11/15)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when a stepparent is adopting his or her spouse’s child. Section 63.054,
Florida Statutes, requires that a search of Florida’s Putative Father Registry be conducted in every
adoption proceeding. The Office of Vital Statistics of the Department of Health has an application
available called Florida Putative Father Registry - Application for Search which should be completed and
attached to this form. The Office of Vital Statistics is allowed to charge for searching the registry. You
may wish to contact that office in advance to find out what amount and method of payment will be
accepted.
This form should be typed or printed in black ink.
The name to be given to the adoptee after the
adoption should be used in the heading of the petition. The stepparent is the petitioner, because he or
she is the one who is asking the court for legal action. You must have your signature witnessed by a
notary public or deputy clerk.
After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county
where you have filed the Joint Petition for Adoption by Stepparent, Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.981(b)(1) and keep a copy for your records.
These family law forms contain an
Order Granting Motion for Search of Putative Father Registry, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family
Law Form 12.981(a)(7), which the judge may use. You should check with the clerk, family law intake
staff or judicial assistant to see if you need to provide this form order to the judge with your motion. If
so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the
child(ren)’s name, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete.
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?
If the judge grants your motion, you will need to take the order, your completed application, and any fee
to the Office of Vital Statistics. That office will conduct the search and file the results with the clerk of
court. You may call the clerk’s office to determine when the results have been filed in order to set a final
hearing.
Where can I look for more information?
Before proceeding, you should read General Information for Self-Represented Litigants found at the
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.981(a)(6), Motion for Search of Putative
Father Registry (11/15)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.981(a)(6),
MOTION FOR SEARCH OF THE PUTATIVE FATHER REGISTRY (11/15)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when a stepparent is adopting his or her spouse’s child. Section 63.054,
Florida Statutes, requires that a search of Florida’s Putative Father Registry be conducted in every
adoption proceeding. The Office of Vital Statistics of the Department of Health has an application
available called Florida Putative Father Registry - Application for Search which should be completed and
attached to this form. The Office of Vital Statistics is allowed to charge for searching the registry. You
may wish to contact that office in advance to find out what amount and method of payment will be
accepted.
This form should be typed or printed in black ink.
The name to be given to the adoptee after the
adoption should be used in the heading of the petition. The stepparent is the petitioner, because he or
she is the one who is asking the court for legal action. You must have your signature witnessed by a
notary public or deputy clerk.
After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county
where you have filed the Joint Petition for Adoption by Stepparent, Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.981(b)(1) and keep a copy for your records.
These family law forms contain an
Order Granting Motion for Search of Putative Father Registry, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family
Law Form 12.981(a)(7), which the judge may use. You should check with the clerk, family law intake
staff or judicial assistant to see if you need to provide this form order to the judge with your motion. If
so, you should type or print the heading, including the circuit, county, case number, division, and the
child(ren)’s name, and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete.
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?
If the judge grants your motion, you will need to take the order, your completed application, and any fee
to the Office of Vital Statistics. That office will conduct the search and file the results with the clerk of
court. You may call the clerk’s office to determine when the results have been filed in order to set a final
hearing.
Where can I look for more information?
Before proceeding, you should read General Information for Self-Represented Litigants found at the
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.981(a)(6), Motion for Search of Putative
Father Registry (11/15)
beginning of these forms. See Chapter 63, Florida Statutes, and Florida Family Law Rule 12.200(a)(2) for
further 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 Administration2.516.
Special notes...
THIS ADOPTION MAY AFFECT THE ADOPTEE’S INHERITANCE.
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 12.981(a)(6), Motion for Search of Putative
Father Registry (11/15)
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE __________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR __________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: _______________________
Division: _______________________
IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF
_________________________________________,
{use name to be given to the minor child} Adoptee.
MOTION FOR SEARCH OF THE PUTATIVE FATHER REGISTRY
Petitioner, {full legal name} ______________________________________, files this Motion for Search
of the Putative Father Registry, pursuant to Chapter 63, Florida Statutes, and states:
1. This is an action for adoption of a minor by the child’s stepparent, who is the Petitioner. .
2. Section 63.054, Florida Statutes, requires that in every adoption, a search of the Putative Father
Registry maintained by the Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics be conducted. Section
63.0541, Florida Statutes, makes information maintained by the Registry confidential and exempt
from public disclosure, except that it may be disclosed to adoption entities, registrant unmarried
biological fathers, and the court, upon issuance of a court order concerning a petitioner acting
pro se.
3. The Florida Putative Father Registry - Application for Search is completed and attached to this
Motion.
WHEREFORE, I request that this Court enter an Order Granting Motion for Search of the Putative Father
Registry.
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.981(a)(6), Motion for Search of Putative Father Registry
(11/15)
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 knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or
imprisonment.
Dated: ____________________
_______________________________________
Signature of Party
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.
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 12.981(a)(6), Motion for Search of Putative Father Registry
(11/15)