INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY
LAW FORM 12.983(e),
MOTION FOR SCIENTIFIC PATERNITY TESTING (11/15)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when the mother or alleged father wants the court to order a scientific paternity
test to determine the paternity of a minor child(ren).
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 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.
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(e), Motion for Scientific Paternity Testing
(11/15)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY
LAW FORM 12.983(e),
MOTION FOR SCIENTIFIC PATERNITY TESTING (11/15)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when the mother or alleged father wants the court to order a scientific paternity
test to determine the paternity of a minor child(ren).
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 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.
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(e), Motion for Scientific Paternity Testing
(11/15)
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.
What should I do next?
When you have filed this motion, you are ready to set a hearing on this motion. You should check with
the clerk, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant for information on the local procedure for
scheduling a hearing. When you know the date and time of your hearing, you should file a Notice of
Hearing (General), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice
of hearing form.
A copy of this motion and the Notice of Hearing must be mailed, e-mailed or hand-delivered to the other
party in your case.
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...
These family law forms contain an Order on Motion for Scientific Paternity Testing, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(f), 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.
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 12.983(e), Motion for Scientific Paternity Testing
(11/15)
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _______________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR ________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: ______________________________
Division: __________________________________________________________________________________ _
__________________________________,
Petitioner,
and
__________________________________,
Respondent,
MOTION FOR SCIENTIFIC PATERNITY TESTING
I, {choose only one}
Petitioner
Respondent certifies that the following information is true:
1. At this time, other than testimony, very little or no substantial proof of paternity or nonpaternity is
available in this action.
2. I request, under section 742.12, Florida Statutes, that the Court enter an order for appropriate
scientific testing of the biological samples of Petitioner and Respondent and the minor child(ren) listed
below, so that a determination of paternity of the minor child(ren) can be made to a reasonable
degree of medical certainty:
Name
Birth Date
(1) ____________________________________________________________________________
(2) ____________________________________________________________________________
(3) ____________________________________________________________________________
(4) ____________________________________________________________________________
(5) ____________________________________________________________________________
(6) ____________________________________________________________________________
3. I request that the costs of the scientific testing initially be borne by (
) Petitioner (
) Respondent
( ) both Petitioner and Respondent.
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}
.
Petitioner or his/her attorney:
Respondent or his/her attorney:
Name: _____________________________________
Address: ___________________________________
City, State, Zip: ______________________________
Fax Number: _______________________________
Designated E-mail Address(es): ________________
___________________________________________
Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.983(e), Motion for Scientific Paternity Testing (11/15)
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: {choose only one} (
) Petitioner (
) 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 12.983(e), Motion for Scientific Paternity Testing (11/15)
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