Form 12.983(B) "Answer to Petition to Determine Paternity and for Related Relief" - Florida

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.983(b)
ANSWER TO PETITION TO DETERMINE PATERNITY AND FOR RELATED
RELIEF (11/15)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when you are responding to a petition to determine paternity. You may use
this form to admit or deny the allegations contained in the petition. However, if you wish to ask the court
for things not included in the petition, such as, parental responsibility and time-sharing or child support,
you should file an Answer to Petition and Counterpetition to Determine Paternity and for Related Relief,
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(c).
This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign this form
before a notary public or deputy clerk. You should then 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.
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.
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
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(b), Answer to Petition to Determine
Paternity and for Related Relief (11/15)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.983(b)
ANSWER TO PETITION TO DETERMINE PATERNITY AND FOR RELATED
RELIEF (11/15)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when you are responding to a petition to determine paternity. You may use
this form to admit or deny the allegations contained in the petition. However, if you wish to ask the court
for things not included in the petition, such as, parental responsibility and time-sharing or child support,
you should file an Answer to Petition and Counterpetition to Determine Paternity and for Related Relief,
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(c).
This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign this form
before a notary public or deputy clerk. You should then 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.
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.
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
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(b), Answer to Petition to Determine
Paternity and for Related Relief (11/15)
Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915; and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516.
What should I do next?
If you deny that the person named in the petition is the child(ren)’s father, a Motion for Scientific
Paternity Testing, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(e), should be filed. This is
used to ask the court to order a scientific test to determine who is the child(ren)’s father.
You have 20 days to file an answer to the other party’s petition. 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. After you file your answer, the case will generally proceed in one of the following two ways:
UNCONTESTED… This case is uncontested if you and the petitioner agree on all issues raised in the
petition. 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 Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.923, or other
appropriate notice of hearing form.
CONTESTED… This case is contested if you and the other party disagree on any issues raised in the
petition. If 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. 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.
For further information, see chapter 742, Florida Statutes.
Special notes...
With this answer, you must file the following and provide a copy to the other party:
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) Affidavit, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(d).
Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(j).
Family Law Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902 (b) or (c).
(This must be filed within 45 days of the 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 Rules of Procedure
Form 12.932. (This must be filed within 45 days of the 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.)
Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(e). (If
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(b), Answer to Petition to Determine
Paternity and for Related Relief (11/15)
you do not know the other party’s income, you may file this form after the other party files his
or her financial affidavit.)
Many circuits require completion of mediation before being allowed to schedule a final hearing. A
parenting course must be completed prior to entry of the final judgment. You should check with your
local clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for more information on the parenting course and
mediation requirements in your area.
Parenting Plan and Time-Sharing. If the parents are unable to agree on parenting arrangements and a
time-sharing schedule, a judge will decide these issues 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 between the parties, the court reserves jurisdiction to
modify issues relating to 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) are being
served. For more information, you may consult sections 61.401 and 61.405, Florida Statutes.
Listed below are some terms with which you should become familiar before completing your answer. 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
Parenting Plan Recommendation
Time-Sharing Schedule
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 should file a financial affidavit, 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.
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.
Final Judgments… These family law forms contain a Final Judgment of Paternity, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.983(g), 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.
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(b), Answer to Petition to Determine
Paternity and for Related Relief (11/15)
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 a 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 12.983(b), Answer to Petition to Determine
Paternity and for Related Relief (11/15)
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _______________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR ________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: ___________________________ ___
Division: _________________________________________________________________________________ ________
__________________________________,
Petitioner,
and
__________________________________,
Respondent,
ANSWER TO PETITION TO DETERMINE PATERNITY
AND FOR RELATED RELIEF
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 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 issues: {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. [I applicable] A completed Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
Affidavit, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(d), is filed with this answer
as I disagree with the Affidavit filed by the Petitioner.
5. A completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form
12.902(j), is filed with this answer if one has not already been filed in this case.
6. A completed Family Law Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form
12.902(b) or (c), ______ is, or ______ will be, filed.
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