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ANSWER TO PETITION AND COUNTER-PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH  DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN) - Broward County


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,

IN AND FOR BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA

 

Case No.: _______________________________

Division: ________________________________

In re: the Marriage of:

 

___________________________________,

Husband,

 

and

___________________________________,

Wife.

 

ANSWER TO PETITION AND COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

 

I, {full legal name} ____________________________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true:

 

ANSWER TO PETITION

1.       I agree with  the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, admit those allegations: {indicate section and paragraph number} ______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________.

 

  1. I disagree with  the allegations raised in the following numbered paragraphs in the Petition and, therefore, deny those allegations: {indicate section and paragraph number} ______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________.

 

  1. I currently am unable to admit or deny the following paragraphs due to lack of information: {indicate section and paragraph number} _____________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________.

 

COUNTERPETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE WITH MINOR CHILD(REN)

 

  1. JURISDICTION/RESIDENCE

(    ) Husband (    ) Wife (    ) Both has (have) lived in Florida for at least 6 months before the filing of this Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

 

  1. Husband  [Choose only one] (    ) is (    ) is not a member of the military service.

Wife  [Choose only one] (    ) is (    ) is not a member of the military service.

 

  1. MARRIAGE HISTORY

Date of marriage: {month, day, year} _____________________

Date of separation: {month, day, year} ____________________ (_____ Indicate if approximate)

 

  1. DEPENDENT OR MINOR CHILD(REN)

[Choose all that apply]

a.       ___The wife is pregnant.  Baby is due on: {date} ______________________

 

b.      ___The minor (under 18) child(ren) common to both parties are:

 

Name                                                                                                                                    Birth date

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

 

c.       ___The minor child(ren) born or conceived during the marriage who are not common to both parties are:

Name                                                                                                                                    Birth date

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

The birth father(s) of the above minor child(ren) is (are) {name and address}  _______________

______________________________________________________________________________

 

d.      ___ The child(ren) common to both parties who are 18 or older but who are dependent upon the parties due to a mental or physical disability are:

Name                                                                                                                                    Birth date

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. 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 counterpetition.  (You must complete and attach this form in a dissolution of marriage with minor child(ren).

 

  1. A completed Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(j), is filed with this counterpetition.

 

  1. A completed Family Law Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(b) or (c) (   ) is filed or (   ) will be timely filed.

 

  1. This counterpetition for dissolution of marriage should be granted because:

[Choose only one]

a.       ___The marriage is irretrievably broken.

b.      ___One of the parties has been adjudged mentally incapacitated for a period of 3 years prior to the filing of this counterpetition.  A copy of the Judgment of Incapacity is attached.

 

 

 

SECTION I.  MARITAL ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

[Choose only one]

  1. ___ There are no marital assets or liabilities.

 

  1. ___ There are marital assets or liabilities.  All marital and nonmarital assets and liabilities are (or will be) listed in the financial affidavits, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(b) or (c), to be filed in this case.

[Choose all that apply]

a.       ___ All marital assets and liabilities have been divided by a written agreement between the parties, which is attached to be incorporated into the final judgment of dissolution of marriage.  (The parties may use Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(f)(1)).

b.      ___ The Court should determine how the assets and liabilities of this marriage are to be distributed, under section 61.075, Florida Statutes.

c.       ___ Husband ___Wife should be awarded an interest in the other spouse’s property because: ___________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________

 

SECTION II.  SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY)

 

1.       ___ Husband ___Wife forever gives up his/her right to spousal support (alimony) from the other spouse.

 

  OR

                 

2.       ___ Husband ___Wife requests that the Court order ___Husband ___Wife to pay the following spousal support (alimony) and claims that he or she has an actual need for the support that he or she is requesting and that the other spouse has the ability to pay that support. Spousal support (alimony) is requested in the amount of $________ every (    ) week (    ) other week  (    ) month, beginning {date} _________ and continuing until {date or event} _______________

______________________________________________________________________________.

Explain why the Court should order ____Husband ___Wife to pay, and any specific request(s) for type of alimony (temporary, permanent, bridge-the-gap, durational, rehabilitative, and/or lump sum): _________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

 

3. Other provisions relating to alimony including any tax treatment and consequences:

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________.

 

4.____Husband ____ Wife requests life insurance on the other spouse’s life, provided by that spouse, to secure such support.

 

 

SECTION III.  PARENTING PLAN ESTABLISHING PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND TIME-SHARING

1.       The minor child(ren) currently reside(s) with (    ) Mother (    ) Father (    ) Other: {explain}            

______________________________________________________________________________

 

2.       Parental Responsibility.  It is in the child(ren)’s best interests that parental responsibility be:

[Choose only one]

a.       ___shared by both Father and Mother.

b.      ___awarded solely to (    ) Father (    ) Mother.   Shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child(ren) because:  ___________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________

 

3.       Parenting Plan and Time-Sharing.  It is in the best interests of the child(ren) that the family be ordered to comply with a Parenting Plan that (    ) includes (   ) does not include parental time-sharing with the child(ren). The(    ) Husband (    ) Wife  states that it is in the best interests of the child(ren) that:

[Choose only one]

a.       ___ The attached proposed Parenting Plan should be adopted by the court.  The parties

(    ) have (    ) have not agreed to the Parenting Plan.

b.      ___ The court should establish a Parenting Plan with the following provisions:

(    ) No time-sharing for the ___ Father ___ Mother.

(    ) Limited time-sharing with the ___ Father ___ Mother.

(    ) Supervised time-sharing for the ___ Father ___ Mother.

(    ) Supervised or third-party exchange of the child(ren).

(    ) Time-sharing as follows: ___________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

 

Explain why this request is in the best interests of the child(ren): _________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

 

SECTION IV.  CHILD SUPPORT [Choose all that apply]

1.       ____ Husband ___Wife requests that the Court award child support as determined by Floridas child support guidelines, section 61.30, Florida Statutes.  A completed Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(e), is, or will be filed.  Such support should be ordered retroactive to:

a.       ___ the date of separation {date} ______________.

b.      ___ the date of the filing of this petition.

c.       ___ other {date}______________.{explain} ________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________

 

2.       ___ Husband ___Wife requests that the Court award child support to be paid beyond the age of 18 years because:

[Choose all that apply]

a.       ___ the following child(ren) {name(s)} ____________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________

is (are) dependent because of a mental or physical incapacity which began before the age of 18. {explain} ________________________________________________________________

 

b.      ___ the following child(ren) {name(s)} ____________________________________________ is (are) dependent in fact; is (are) in high school, and  are between the ages of 18 and 19; said child(ren) is (are) performing in good faith with reasonable expectation of graduation before the age of 19.

 

3.       ___ Husband ___ Wife requests that the Court award a child support amount that is more than or less than Florida’s child support guidelines and understands that a Motion to Deviate from Child Support Guidelines, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.943, must be filed before the Court will consider this request.

 

4.       ___ Husband ___ Wife requests that medical/dental insurance  for the minor child(ren) be provided by:

[Choose only one]

a.       ___ Husband.

b.      ___ Wife.

 

5.       ___Husband ___Wife requests that uninsured medical/dental expenses for the child(ren) be paid:

[Choose only one]

a.       ___ by Husband.

b.      ___ by Wife.

c.       ___ by Husband  and Wife, each paying one-half.

d.      ___ according to the percentages in the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(e).

e.      ___ Other {explain}:  __________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

6.       ___ Husband ___ Wife requests that life insurance to secure child support be provided by:

a.       ___ Husband.

b.      ___ Wife.

c.       ___ Both.

 

SECTION V.  OTHER

1.       Wife requests to be known by her former name, which was {full legal name} :

______________________________________________________________________________

 

2.       Other relief {specify}: ____________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

 

SECTION VI.   REQUEST (This section summarizes what you are asking the Court to include in the final judgment of dissolution of marriage.)

I request that the Court enter an order dissolving the marriage and:

[Choose all that apply]

1.       ___ distributing marital assets and liabilities as requested in Section I of this petition;

2.       ___ awarding spousal support (alimony) as requested in Section II of this petition;

3.       ___ adopting or establishing a Parenting Plan containing provisions for parental responsibility and time-sharing for the dependent or minor child(ren) common to both parties, as requested in Section III of this petition;

4.       ___ establishing child support for the dependent or minor child(ren) common to both parties, as requested in Section IV of this petition;

5.       ___ restoring Wife’s former name as requested in Section V of this petition;

6.       ___ awarding other relief as requested in Section V of this petition; and any other terms the Court deems necessary.

 


 

I certify that a copy of this document was [Choose only one](    ) mailed (    ) faxed and mailed (    ) hand delivered to the person(s) listed below on {date} _________________.

 

Other party or his/her attorney:

Name:_________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________

City, State, Zip:__________________________________

Fax Number:  ___________________________________

Email Address: __________________________________

 

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

 

Dated:_____________________                          _____________________________________________

Signature of (    ) Husband (   ) Wife

Printed Name: _________________________________

Address: ______________________________________

City, State, Zip: _________________________________

Telephone Number: _____________________________

Fax Number: ___________________________________

                                                                        Email Address: _________________________________

 

STATE OF FLORIDA

COUNTY OF BROWARD

 

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} (     ) Husband  (     ) Wife

This form was completed with the assistance of:

{name of individual} ______________________________________________________________,

{name of business}  ________________________________________________________________,

{address} ________________________________________________________________________,

{city} __________________________,{state} _______, {telephone number}___________________.


For more detailed information including instructions on how to prepare this form click here.

 

Also See:

Broward County Family Law and Divorce

Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage With Minor Children - Free Form

Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage With Property But No Minor Children - Free Form

 


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