Form 12.982(F) "Petition for Change of Name (Family)" - Florida

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.982(f)
PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME (FAMILY)
(02/18)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when the parents are married and the family wants the court to change its
name. This form is not to be used in connection with a dissolution of marriage, paternity, or adoption
action. If you want a change of name because of a dissolution of marriage, paternity, or adoption action
that is not yet final, the change of name should be requested as part of that case.
This form should be typed or printed in black ink and must be signed before a notary public or deputy
clerk. 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. The petition should only be completed for one adult. If you wish to change the
name(s) of another adult and/or any child(ren), you should complete and file with the clerk of court the
attached Adult and Child Supplemental Form(s) for Petition for Change of Name (Family) for each
additional family member. Be sure that the bottom of each page of each supplemental form is initialed.
What should I do next?
Unless you are seeking to restore a former name, each adult petitioner must have fingerprints
submitted for a state and national criminal history records check. The fingerprints must be taken in a
manner approved by the Department of Law Enforcement and must be submitted to the Department for
a state and national criminal history records check. You may not request a hearing on the petition until
the clerk of court has received the results of your criminal history records check. The clerk of court can
instruct you on the process for having the fingerprints taken and submitted, including information on law
enforcement agencies or service providers authorized to submit finger prints electronically to the
Department of Law Enforcement. The process may take several weeks and you will have to pay for the
cost of processing the fingerprints and conducting the state and national criminal history records check.
Please note that the state and national criminal records check must indicate whether you have
registered as either a sexual predator or a sexual offender and you must also indicate on this petition
whether you have ever been required to register as a sexual predator under section 775.21, Florida
Statutes, or as a sexual offender under section 943.0435, Florida Statutes.
If any of the children for whom you are requesting this change of name are not the legal children of both
adults filing this petition, you must obtain the consent of the legal parent(s). A parent not named as a
petitioner in this action may consent by submitting a Consent for Change of Name (Minor Child(ren)),
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.982(d).
If the other parent does not consent to the change of name, you may still have a hearing on the petition
if you have properly notified the other parent about your petition and the hearing. If you know where he
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.982(f), Petition for Change of Name (Family)
(02/18)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.982(f)
PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME (FAMILY)
(02/18)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when the parents are married and the family wants the court to change its
name. This form is not to be used in connection with a dissolution of marriage, paternity, or adoption
action. If you want a change of name because of a dissolution of marriage, paternity, or adoption action
that is not yet final, the change of name should be requested as part of that case.
This form should be typed or printed in black ink and must be signed before a notary public or deputy
clerk. 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. The petition should only be completed for one adult. If you wish to change the
name(s) of another adult and/or any child(ren), you should complete and file with the clerk of court the
attached Adult and Child Supplemental Form(s) for Petition for Change of Name (Family) for each
additional family member. Be sure that the bottom of each page of each supplemental form is initialed.
What should I do next?
Unless you are seeking to restore a former name, each adult petitioner must have fingerprints
submitted for a state and national criminal history records check. The fingerprints must be taken in a
manner approved by the Department of Law Enforcement and must be submitted to the Department for
a state and national criminal history records check. You may not request a hearing on the petition until
the clerk of court has received the results of your criminal history records check. The clerk of court can
instruct you on the process for having the fingerprints taken and submitted, including information on law
enforcement agencies or service providers authorized to submit finger prints electronically to the
Department of Law Enforcement. The process may take several weeks and you will have to pay for the
cost of processing the fingerprints and conducting the state and national criminal history records check.
Please note that the state and national criminal records check must indicate whether you have
registered as either a sexual predator or a sexual offender and you must also indicate on this petition
whether you have ever been required to register as a sexual predator under section 775.21, Florida
Statutes, or as a sexual offender under section 943.0435, Florida Statutes.
If any of the children for whom you are requesting this change of name are not the legal children of both
adults filing this petition, you must obtain the consent of the legal parent(s). A parent not named as a
petitioner in this action may consent by submitting a Consent for Change of Name (Minor Child(ren)),
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.982(d).
If the other parent does not consent to the change of name, you may still have a hearing on the petition
if you have properly notified the other parent about your petition and the hearing. If you know where he
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.982(f), Petition for Change of Name (Family)
(02/18)
or she lives, you must use personal service. If you absolutely do not know where he or she lives, you may
use constructive service. For more information about personal and constructive service, you should refer
to the “General Instructions for Self-Represented Litigants” found at the beginning of these forms and
the instructions to Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Forms 12.910(a) and 12.913(b) and Florida
Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.913(a). The law on constructive service is very complex
and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding constructive service.
Next, you must obtain a final hearing date for the court to consider your request. If you are seeking to
restore a former name, the final hearing on the petition MAY be held immediately after the petition is
filed. The final hearing on any other petition for a name change may be held immediately after the clerk
of court receives the results of your criminal history records check. You should ask the clerk of court,
family law intake staff, or judicial assistant about the local procedure for setting a hearing. You may be
required to attend the hearing. Included in these forms is a Final Judgment of Change of Name (Family),
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.982(g), which may be used when a judge grants a
change of name for a family. If you attend the hearing, you should take the final judgment form with you.
You should complete the top part of this form, including the circuit, county, case number, division, the
name(s) of the petitioner(s) and leave the rest blank for the judge to complete. It should be typed or
printed in black ink.
If the judge grants your petition, he or she will sign this order; This officially changes your family’s name;
The clerk can provide you with certified copies of the signed order. There will be charges for the certified
copies, and the clerk can tell you the amount of the charges.
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. For further information, see section 68.07, Florida Statutes.
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
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.982(f), Petition for Change of Name (Family)
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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...
The heading of the form calls for the name(s) of the petitioner(s). This is (are) the parent(s) who is/are
requesting the change of their family’s name(s); The judicial circuit, case number, and division may be
obtained from the clerk of court’s office when you file the petition.
It may be helpful to compile a list of all of the people and places that will need a copy of the final judgment.
This list may include the driver’s license office, social security office, banks, schools, etc; ! list will help
you know how many copies of your order you should get from the clerk of court after your hearing.
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 12.982(f), Petition for Change of Name (Family)
(02/18)
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.:
Division:
IN RE: THE NAME CHANGE OF
________________________________________
Petitioner,
________________________________________
Petitioner.
PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME (FAMILY)
I/We, {full legal name(s)} ____________________________________________________, being sworn,
certify that the following information is true:
There are {enter number}
__ adults named in this petition. A supplemental form is attached for each
adult not set out below.
There are {enter number}
__ children named in this petition. I am/We are the birth or legal parents
or guardian of the minor child(ren) named in this petition.
I/We have attached a completed
supplemental form for each minor child.
Unless I am/We are seeking to restore a former name, a copy of the fingerprints of each adult person
seeking a name change in this petition has/have been taken in a manner approved by the Department of
Law Enforcement, and submitted for a state and national criminal history records check. I/We understand
that I/we cannot request a hearing on my/our Petition until the clerk of court receives the results of
the criminal history records check. I/We also understand that the state and national records check must
indicate whether I/We have registered as either a sexual predator or sexual offender.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS TRUE ABOUT PETITIONER ________________________________:
_____PARENT _____GUARDIAN
_____ A Supplemental Form has been attached for the other parent or petitioner.
1. My complete present name is:
.
I request that my name be changed to:
.
2. I live in ________________ County, Florida, at {street address}
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.982(f), Form for Petition for Change of Name (Family)
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.
3. I was born on {date}
, in {city}
, {county}
,
{state}
, {country}
.
4. My parents’ full legal names are:
a. {full legal name}____________________________________and
b.
{full legal name} ________________________________
c. {If applicable} My parents’ maiden name(s) is/are: ______________________
and _______________________________________________.
5. I have lived in the following places since birth:
Dates (to/from)
Address
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
/
(____ Please indicate here if you are continuing these facts on an attached page.)
6. Family
[Indicate all that apply]
_____ I am not married.
_____ I am married; My spouse’s full legal name is:
.
_____ I do not have child(ren).
_____The name(s), age(s), and address(es) of my child(ren) are as follows (all children, including
those over 18, must be listed):
Name {last, first, middle initial}
Age
Address, City, State
(____ Please indicate here if you are continuing these facts on an attached page.)
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.982(f), Form for Petition for Change of Name (Family)
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