Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(c)(3), Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for
Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) or Property (9/00)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORM
ANSWER TO PETITION AND COUNTERPETITION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH NO DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) OR
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when you are responding to a petition
for dissolution of marriage with no
dependent or minor child(ren) or property and you are asking the court for something not contained in the
petition. The answer
portion of this form is used to admit or deny the allegations contained in the petition,
and the counterpetition portion of this form is used to ask for whatever you want the court to do for you
such as restoring your former name.
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.
What should I do next?
You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party’s petition. A copy of this form must be
mailed or hand delivered to the other party. After you file an answer and counterpetition your case will then
generally proceed as follows:
The other party is required to answer your counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to
Counterpetition, O‘ Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(d).
... Your dissolution is uncontested if you and your spouse agree on all issues raised in the
petition and the counterpetition. If this is the case, and you and the other party have complied with
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), O‘ Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law
Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.
... Your dissolution is contested if you and your spouse disagree on any issues raised in the
petition or counterpetition. If you are unable to settle the disputed issues, either party may file a Notice for
Trial, O‘ 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
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
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 61, Florida Statutes.