Explanation of Form Symbols and Parts

Below are explanations of symbols or parts of different family law forms…

{specify}, {date}, {name(s)}, {street}, {city}, {state}, {phone}

Throughout the forms, you will find hints such as those above.  These tell you what to put in the blank(s).

[one only]    [all that apply]  – These show how many choices you should check. Sometimes you may check only one, while other times you may check several choices. (    ) This also shows an area where you must make a choice. Check the (    ) in front of the choice that applies to you or your case.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE                (1)                                       JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,

IN AND FOR                               (2)                        COUNTY, FLORIDA


Case No.:                      (3)                                   

Division:                         (4)                                 

                             (5)                                          ,



                            (6)                                           ,


 Line 1    The clerk of court can tell you the number of your judicial circuit.  Type or print it here.

Line 2    Type or print your county name online (2).

Line 3    If you are filing an initial petition or pleading, the Clerk of the Court will assign a case number after the case is filed.  You should type or print this case number on all papers you file in this case.

Line 4    The clerk of the court can tell you the name of the division in which your case is being filed, and you should type or print it here.  Divisions vary from court to court.  For example, your case may be filed in the civil division, the family division, or the juvenile division.

Line 5    Type or print the legal name of the person who originally filed the case on line 5.  This person is the petitioner because he/she is the one who filed the original petition.

Line 6    Type or print the other party’s legal name on line 6.  The other party is the respondent because he/she is responding to the petition.

You should completely fill in all lines (1 & 3–8) except 2 (signature) noted above with the requested information, if applicable.

                I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this petition and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.

Dated:                      (1)                             

Signature of Petitioner

Printed Name:                                    (3)                                       

Address:                                                 (4)                                       

City, State, Zip:                                     (5)                                      

Telephone Number:                          (6)                                      

Fax Number:                                         (7)                                      

E-mail Address: ____________(8)__________________



[fill in all blanks] This form was prepared for the: {either Petitioner or Respondent; or Husband or Wife}

This form was completed with the assistance of:

{name of individual }________(1)________________________,

{name of business} _____________(2)____________________________________________________,

{address}                                            (3)                          ,

{city}      (4)______________,{state}                      (5), {telephone number} _(6)____________________.

This section should be completed by anyone who helps you fill out these forms but is not an attorney who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar, which means that he or she is not licensed to practice law in Florida.

Line 1 The nonlawyer who helps you should type or print his or her name on line 1.

Lines 2–6 The nonlawyer’s business name, address, (including street, city, state, and telephone number) should be typed or printed on lines 2–6.

In addition, a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.900(a), should be completed if a nonlawyer assists you.  The disclosure is available as a family law form and should be completed before the nonlawyer helps you.  This is to be sure that you understand the role and limitations of a nonlawyer. You and the nonlawyer should keep a copy of this disclosure for your records.