In re: Amendments to the Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms – 12.948(a)-(e)

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Supreme Court of Florida ____________ No. SC19-1897 ____________ IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORMS—Forms 12.948(a)-(e). December 5, 2019 PER CURIAM. Pursuant to the procedures approved in Amendments to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure & Family Law Forms, 810 So. 2d 1, 13-14 (Fla. 2000), this Court has internally reviewed the Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms and has determined that adoption of new forms: 12.948(a) (Agreement Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment); 12.948(b) (Motion for Temporary Order Granting Custodial Responsibility During Deployment); 12.948(c) (Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment); 12.948(d) (Motion to Modify or Terminate Temporary Grant of Custodial Responsibility or Limited Contact to Nonparent During Deployment); and 12.948(e) (Agreement to Terminate Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment), is needed. 1 Input was received from the Advisory Workgroup on the Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms, which provided valuable assistance. In 2018, the Legislature adopted the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act which addresses issues of child custody and visitation arising when a parent deploys for military or other national service. See Ch. 2018-69, Laws of Fla. Five new forms are created to implement the Uniform Act, which is codified as Part IV of Chapter 61, Florida Statutes (2018). The new forms are hereby adopted as set forth in the appendix to this opinion, fully engrossed. The new forms shall become effective immediately upon the release of this opinion and may be accessed and downloaded from the Florida State Courts’ website at http://www.flcourts.org/resources-and-services/courtimprovement/problem-solving-courts/family-courts/family-law-forms.stml. By adoption of the new forms, we express no opinion as to their correctness or applicability. We also direct that new forms be published for comment. Interested persons shall have seventy-five days from the date of this opinion to file comments with the Court.2 1. We have jurisdiction. See art. V, § 2(a), Fla. Const. 2. All comments must be filed with the Court on or before February 18, 2020, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. If filed by an attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar, the comment -2- It is so ordered. CANADY, C.J, and POLSTON, LABARGA, LAWSON, LAGOA, and MUÑIZ, JJ., concur. THE FILING OF A MOTION FOR REHEARING SHALL NOT ALTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THESE AMENDMENTS. Original Proceeding – Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms must be electronically filed via the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal (Portal) in accordance with In re Electronic Filing in the Supreme Court of Florida via the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC13-7 (Feb. 18, 2013). If filed by a nonlawyer or a lawyer not licensed to practice in Florida, the comment may be, but is not required to be, filed via the Portal. Comments filed via the Portal must be submitted in Microsoft Word 97 or higher. See In re Electronic Filing in the Florida Supreme Court, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC1727 (May 9, 2017). Any person unable to submit a comment electronically must mail or hand-deliver the originally signed comment to the Florida Supreme Court, Office of the Clerk, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1927; no additional copies are required or will be accepted. -3- APPENDIX INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORM 12.948(a) AGREEMENT GRANTING TEMPORARY CUSTODIAL RESPONSIBILITY DURING DEPLOYMENT (12/19) When should this form be used? This form should be used when one parent who is a servicemember is being deployed and the parties wish to temporarily establish or change the custodial responsibility, parenting plan, or time-sharing schedule. A servicemember is a member of the uniformed services and includes: • Active and reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard of the United States • The United States Merchant Marine • The commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Service • The commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration • The National Guard of a state or territory of the United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia Deployment means the movement or mobilization of a servicemember for less than 18 months pursuant to uniformed service orders that: • Are designated as unaccompanied; • Do not authorize dependent travel; or • Otherwise do not permit the movement of family members to the location to which the service member is deployed. Custodial responsibility includes all the powers and duties relating to caretaking authority and decisionmaking authority for a child. It includes physical custody, legal custody, parental responsibility, parenting time, right to access, time-sharing, visitation, and authority to grant limited contact with a child. Caretaking authority means the right to live with and care for a child on a day-to-day basis. The term includes physical custody, parenting time, right to access, time-sharing, and visitation. Decisionmaking authority means the power to make important decisions regarding a child’s education, religious training, health care, extracurricular activities, and travel. The term does not include the power to make decisions that necessarily accompany a grant of caretaking authority. Limited contact means the authority of a nonparent to visit a child for a limited time. The term includes authority to take the child to a place other than the child’s residence. Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) -4- This agreement is temporary and terminates after the Deployed Parent returns from deployment unless the agreement has been terminated in a record or by written agreement, or by court order. A Nonparent who is an adult family member of the child or a non-family member with whom the child has a close and substantial relationship may be granted temporary caretaking authority, decisionmaking authority, and/or limited contact. A close and substantial relationship means a positive relationship of substantial duration and depth in which a significant emotional bond exists between a child and a nonparent. The Agreement Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment must: • To the extent permissible, identify the destination, duration, and conditions of the deployment that is the basis for the agreement; • Specify the allocation of caretaking authority among the Deploying Parent, the Other Parent, and any agreed-upon Nonparent; • Specify any decisionmaking authority that accompanies a grant of caretaking authority; • Specify any grant of limited contact to an agreed-upon Nonparent; • Provide a process to resolve any dispute that may arise if custodial responsibility is shared by the Other Parent and an agreed-upon Nonparent, or by other agreed-upon nonparents. • Specify the frequency, duration, and means, including electronic means, by which the Deploying Parent will have contact with the child, any role to be played by the Other Parent or agreed-upon nonparent in facilitating the contact, and the allocation of costs of contact; • Specify contact between the Deploying Parent and child during the time the Deploying Parent is on leave or is otherwise available; • Acknowledge that the agreement does not modify any existing child support obligation and that changing the terms of the obligation during deployment requires modification in the appropriate court; • Provide that the agreement will terminate after the Deploying Parent returns from deployment or as otherwise agreed upon in writing or in a record by the Deploying Parent and the Other Parent; and • Specify which parent is required to file the agreement with the court. Omission of any of the above does not invalidate the agreement. This standard form does not include every possible issue that may be relevant to the facts of your case. The Agreement should be as detailed as possible to address the needs of the child(ren). In developing the Agreement, you may wish to consult or review other materials which are available at your local library, law library or through national and state family organizations. What should I do next? This form should be typed or printed in black ink. You must fill in all sections of the form. After completing the form, you should sign the form before a notary public or deputy clerk. A military member may sign before an officer authorized to administer oaths. For your case to proceed, you must properly notify the court by filing the original of the Agreement and a Motion for Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) -5- Deployment, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form, 12.9---, with the clerk of the circuit court. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court and keep a copy for your records. The Motion must be filed in a pending proceeding for custodial responsibility or an existing case if you have one. The caption and case number must be on the agreement. If there is not a pending proceeding, the motion must be filed in a new action. The court must have jurisdiction under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Each party to the agreement and any nonparent exercising caretaking authority must sign the agreement with their complete street address, (Post Office Box is not acceptable except for deployed members), telephone number, and e-mail address if available. Use of an e-mail address is encouraged. If you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk of court, family law intake staff or the judicial assistant to set a hearing. You must notify the other party(ies) of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form. If the Motion for Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment is filed before the deploying parent deploys, you may request an expedited hearing. The court will then enter an order after the hearing. 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 email, 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 Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) -6- 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 Email Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915; and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516. 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 61.703-61.773, Florida Statutes. Nonlawyer. 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 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 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) -7- IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ______________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No: __________________ Division: __________________ _________________________________, Petitioner, And _________________________________, Respondent. AGREEMENT FOR TEMPORARY CUSTODIAL RESPONSIBILITY DURING DEPLOYMENT We, {full legal names} _______________________________________________, Petitioner, ________________________________________________________________, Respondent, and (if applicable) _____________________________________________________, Nonparent being sworn, certify that the following information is true: The dependent or minor child(ren) referred to in this Agreement are: Name(s) Birth Date(s) ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ SECTION I: JURISDICTION 1. The Court has jurisdiction under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. 2. This agreement is not prohibited by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Title 50, U.S.C. ss. 3901-4043. 3. A final judgment establishing custodial responsibility or a Parenting Plan with a time-sharing schedule ____ has ____ has not been previously entered by the court. SECTION II: DEPLOYMENT 1. Deploying Parent {Name}____________________________________________ is being Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) -8- deployed for a period of less than 18 months pursuant to uniformed service orders. 2. To the extent that it is permissible to provide this information, the destination of the deployment is: ___________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. 3. To the extent that it is permissible to provide this information, the duration of the deployment is: __________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. 4. To the extent that it is permissible to provide this information, the conditions of the deployment which are the basis for this agreement are: ______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. SECTION III: CARETAKING AND DECISIONMAKING AUTHORITY Caretaking authority means the right to live with and care for the child(ren) on a day-today basis. The term includes physical custody, parenting time, right to access, timesharing and visitation. Decisionmaking authority means the power to make important decisions regarding the child(ren), including decisions regarding the child(ren)’s education, religious training health care, extracurricular activities, and travel. The term does not include the power to make decisions that necessarily accompany a grant of caretaking authority. The allocations of caretaking and decisionmaking authority are as follows: 1. Deploying Parent: Caretaking authority: ______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. Decisionmaking authority: __________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. 2. Other Parent: Caretaking authority: ______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) -9- _______________________________________________________________________. Decisionmaking authority: __________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. 3. Agreed Nonparent: Caretaking authority: ____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________. Decisionmaking authority: ________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. 4. This agreement does not in any way create an independent, continuing right to caretaking authority, decisionmaking authority, or limited contact for an individual granted custodial responsibility. SECTION IV: DEPLOYING PARENT CONTACT WITH CHILD 1. Specify the contact between the Deploying Parent and the child(ren): a) Frequency: _______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________. b) Duration: ________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________. c) Means, Including Electronic:__________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________. d) Role of Other Parenting in Facilitating Contact:___________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________. e) Role of Agreed Nonparent in Facilitating Contact: _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________. f) Allocation of Any Costs of Contact:____________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 10 - 2. Specify the contact between the Deploying Parent and the child(ren) during the time the Deploying Parent is on leave or is otherwise available ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________. SECTION V: AGREED NONPARENT LIMITED CONTACT WITH THE CHILD Specify the limited contact an agreed nonparent has with the child(ren). This means the authority of the nonparent to visit with the child(ren) for a limited time. It includes the authority to take the child(ren) to a place other than the child(ren)’s residence. Each nonparent who, pursuant to this agreement, will exercise caretaking authority, must sign this agreement and provide their complete name, physical street address, telephone number, and e-mail if they have an e-mail address. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. SECTION VI: DISPUTE RESOLUTION If custodial responsibility is shared by the Other Parent and an Agreed Nonparent or Nonparents, any disputes will be resolved by: ________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. The Other Parent and the Agreed Nonparent may wish to use mediation or other dispute resolution methods and assistance, such as Parenting Coordinators and Parenting Counselors, before filing a court action. SECTION VII: CHILD SUPPORT This agreement does not modify any existing child support obligation and changing the terms of the obligation during deployment requires modification in the appropriate court. SECTION VIII: TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT This agreement will terminate after the Deploying Parent returns from deployment in accordance with section 61.761, F.S., or as otherwise agreed upon in writing or in a record by the Deploying Parent and the Other Parent. SECTION IX: FILING OF AGREEMENT Parent {name}__________________________________________________ is responsible for the filing of the agreement. The Agreement must be filed within a reasonable time with the court that has entered an order in effect relating to custodial responsibility or child support concerning the child(ren) who is the subject of this Agreement. SECTION X: OTHER Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 11 - ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________. I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this Agreement. I am satisfied with this Agreement and intend to be bound by it. Dated: ______________________ _______________________________________ Signature of Deploying Parent 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, DEPUTY CLERK, or MILITARY OFFICER AUTHORIZED TO ADMINISTER OATHS ____ ____ ____ _______________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or deputy clerk.] Personally known Produced identification Type of identification produced ________________________________ I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this Agreement. I am satisfied with this Agreement and intend to be bound by it. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 12 - Dated: ______________________ _______________________________________ Signature of Other Parent 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, DEPUTY CLERK, or MILITARY OFFICER AUTHORIZED TO ADMINISTER OATHS _______________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or deputy clerk.] ____ ____ ____ Personally known Produced identification Type of identification produced ________________________________ IF A NONPARENT IS GRANTED IS GRANTED CUSTODIAL RESPONSIBILTY DURING DEPLOYMENT: I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this Agreement. I am satisfied with this Agreement and intend to be bound by it. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 13 - Dated: ______________________ _______________________________________ Signature of Nonparent 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 deputy 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 _____Nonparent. 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 12.948(a), Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 14 - INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORM 12.948(b) MOTION FOR TEMPORARY ORDER GRANTING CUSTODIAL RESPONSIBILITY DURING DEPLOYMENT (12/19) When should this form be used? This form should be used when one parent who is a servicemember is being deployed and either parent wishes to temporarily establish or change the custodial responsibility, parenting plan, or time-sharing schedule. This form should not be used if the action is prohibited by the Service Members Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. ss. 3901-4043. The Motion should be filed after a parent receives a Notice of Deployment. A servicemember is a member of the uniformed services and includes: • Active and reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard of the United States • The United States Merchant Marine • The commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Service • The commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration • The National Guard of a state or territory of the United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia Deployment means the movement or mobilization of a servicemember for less than 18 months pursuant to uniformed service orders that: • Are designated as unaccompanied; • Do not authorize dependent travel; or • Otherwise do not permit the movement of family members to the location to which the service member is deployed. Custodial responsibility includes all the powers and duties relating to caretaking authority and decisionmaking authority for a child. It includes physical custody, legal custody, parental responsibility, parenting time, right to access, time-sharing, visitation, and authority to grant limited contact with a child. Caretaking authority means the right to live with and care for a child on a day-to-day basis. The term includes physical custody, parenting time, right to access, time-sharing, and visitation. Decisionmaking authority means the power to make important decisions regarding a child, including decisions regarding a child’s education, religious training, health care, extracurricular activities, and travel. The term does not include the power to make decisions that necessarily Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(b), Motion for Temporary Order Granting Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 15 - accompany a grant of caretaking authority. Limited contact means the authority of a Nonparent to visit a child for a limited time. The term includes authority to take the child to a place other than the child’s residence. A Nonparent who is an adult family member of the child or a non-family member with whom the child has a close and substantial relationship may be granted temporary caretaking authority. A close and substantial relationship means a positive relationship of substantial duration and depth in which a significant emotional bond exists between a child and a nonparent. What should I do next? 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 or in the case of an active duty member, before an officer authorized to administer oaths. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court and keep a copy for your records. The Motion must be filed in a pending proceeding for custodial responsibility or an existing case if you have one. If there is not a pending proceeding, the motion must be filed in a new action. The court must have jurisdiction under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. If you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk of court, family law intake staff or the judicial assistant to set a hearing. You must notify the other party(ies) of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form. If the Motion for Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment is filed before the deploying parent deploys, you may request an expedited hearing. The court will then enter an order after the hearing. 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. Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(b), Motion for Temporary Order Granting Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 16 - 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 email, the procedures must always be followed once the initial election is made. If you elect to participate in electronic service, which means serving or receiving pleadings by electronic mail (email), or through the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, you must review Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516. You many 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. 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 Email Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915; and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516. 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 section 61.13002, Florida Statutes. Special notes If you do not have the money to pay the filing fee, you may obtain an Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status from the clerk, fill it out, and the clerk will determine whether you are eligible to have filing fees deferred. With this form, you must also file the following: • • • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) Affidavit, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(d). Settlement Agreement, if you have reached an agreement on any or all of the issues you should file an Agreement Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12. Notice of Social Security Number, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.902(j), if not previously filed. Nonlawyer. 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 12.948(b), Motion for Temporary Order Granting Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 17 - IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ______________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No: __________________ Division: __________________ _________________________________, Petitioner, And _________________________________, Respondent. MOTION FOR TEMPORARY ORDER GRANTING CUSTODIAL RESPONSIBILITY DURING DEPLOYMENT I, {full legal name} _______________________________________, being sworn, certify that the following information is true: 1. A final judgment or order establishing custodial responsibility or a Parenting Plan with a time-sharing schedule _____ has ______has not been previously entered by the court. If a final judgment or order has been entered, the date of the last order or judgment is ____________. {A copy/copies of the final judgment or any modification(s) is/are attached.} 2. The parent, {name} _____________________________________, has received a notice of deployment that he/she is subject to deployment on or about {specific date} for a period of less than 18 months ____________________________________. 3. This motion _____ is _____ is not being filed before the deploying parent deploys. I _____ am ______ am not requesting an expedited hearing in accordance with the statute. 4. The Deploying Parent is temporarily unable to continue the current parenting plan and timesharing schedule with the minor child(ren) during the period of time that the parent is deployed. 5. The parties ____ have _____ have not reached an agreement regarding Temporary Custodial Responsibility during deployment. If the parties have reached an agreement, an Agreement Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment is filed with this Motion. 6. I ____ am _____ am not requesting that a Nonparent be granted temporary custodial responsibility during the deployment. The Nonparent is {Name} _____________________________________________________________________. 7. I _____ am _____ am not requesting that a Nonparent be granted decisionmaking authority due to the operational constraints of the deployment. The Nonparent is {Name} Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(b), Motion for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 18 - _____________________. The decisionmaking powers are as follows: ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________. 8. I _____ am _____ am not requesting that a Nonparent be granted temporary caretaking authority. The Nonparent is: {Name}____________________________________________________________________. 9. I request the following contact during deployment: __________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________. 10. This temporary custodial responsibility is in the best interests of the child(ren) because: ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________. 11. If the motion is granted, I request the court to: _____Enter a temporary order for child support from the Deploying Parent to the Other Parent pursuant to s.61.30, F.S.; _____Suspend, abate, or reduce the child support obligation of the Other Parent until the custody judgment or time-sharing order previously in effect is reinstated. _____ Require the Deploying Parent to enroll the child as a military dependent with DEERS, TriCare, or other similar benefits available to the military dependents as provided by the Deploying Parent’s branch of service. 12. If establishment or modification of child support is requested, a completed Family Law Financial Affidavit, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(b) or (c) and a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(e) is, or will be, filed. 13. 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 petition. 14. Other: __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(b), Motion for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 19 - CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that a copy of this Motion for Temporary Order Granting of Custodial Responsibility During Deployment was _____ mailed _____ faxed and mailed _____ e-mailed _____hand-delivered to the parties and any entities listed below on {date}____________________________________. ________________________________ {Signature} Deploying Parent or his/her attorney Name___________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________________ Fax Number: _____________________________ Designated E-Mail Address(es) ______________ _______________________________________ Other Parent or his/her attorney Name___________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________________ Fax Number: _____________________________ Designated E-Mail Address(es) ______________ _______________________________________ Nonparent or his/her attorney Name___________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________________ Fax Number: _____________________________ Designated E-Mail Address(es) ______________ _______________________________________ I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this motion and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(b), Motion for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 20 - Dated: ______________________ _______________________________________ Signature of Petitioner 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, DEPUTY CLERK, or MILITARY OFFICER AUTHORIZED TO ADMINISTER OATHS _______________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or deputy 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 ______ 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 12.948(b), Motion for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 21 - IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE___________________________JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR _______________________COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: _______________________________ Division: ________________________________ ________________________________, Petitioner, and ________________________________, Respondent. ORDER GRANTING TEMPORARY CUSTODIAL RESPONSIBILITY DURING DEPLOYMENT This cause came before this Court on a Motion for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. The Court, having reviewed the file, heard the testimony, and being otherwise fully advised, makes these findings of fact and reaches these conclusions of law: SECTION I. FINDINGS 1. The Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter and the parties, including jurisdiction pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. 2. Entry of this Order is not prohibited by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50, U.S.C. ss. 3901-4043. 3. {If applicable}. The last order establishing or modifying parental responsibility, visitation, or timesharing was entered on {date} _______________________. 4. The parties’ dependent or minor child(ren) is (are): Name Birth date __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(c), Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. (12/19) - 22 - SECTION II: DEPLOYMENT 1. Deploying Parent {Name}_______________________________________________ is being deployed for a period of less than 18 months pursuant to uniformed service orders 2. A Notice of Deployment has been provided to the Other Parent {Name} _________________ ____________________________________________________ 3. To the extent that it is permissible to provide this information, the destination of the deployment is: _______________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________. 4. To the extent that it is permissible to provide this information, the duration of the deployment is: __________________________________________________________________________. 5. To the extent that it is permissible to provide this information, the conditions of the deployment are __________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. SECTION III: TEMPORARY CARETAKING AUTHORITY, DECISIONMAKING AUTHORITY, CONTACT WITH CHILD(REN) The parties: _____ Have filed an Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment which is in the best interests of the child(ren) and is adopted by the Court. A copy of the Agreement is attached as Exhibit ________. _____Have NOT filed an Agreement for Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. The parents shall comply with the following: 1. Caretaking Authority: Deploying Parent: _____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Other Parent: ________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________. 2. Decisionmaking Authority: Deploying Parent: ____________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(c), Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. (12/19) - 23 - Other Parent: ________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________. 3. Contact with Child(ren)-Deploying Parent During Deployment: g) Frequency:_______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. h) Duration:________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. i) Means, Including Electronic:________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. j) Role of Other Parent in Facilitating Contact:_________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. k) Role of Agreed Nonparent in Facilitating Contact:________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. l) Allocation of Any Costs of Contact:___________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. While on leave or is otherwise available: __________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________. After deployment ends and until termination of order: ______________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________. 4. Contact with Child(ren)-Other Parent __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________. SECTION IV: NONPARENT-TEMPORARY CARETAKING AUTHORITY, DECISIONMAKING AUTHORITY, CONTACT WITH CHILD(REN) 1. ______ The Court does NOT establish caretaking authority, decisionmaking authority, or contact with the child(ren) by any Nonparent. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(c), Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. (12/19) - 24 - OR ______ The Court establishes caretaking authority decisionmaking authority and/or contact with the child(ren) by the Nonparent {Name} _______________________________________. 2. The Nonparent is: ______An adult family member of the child: or ______An adult who is not a family member with whom the child(ren) has/have a close and substantial relationship. The full legal name, street address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the nonparent is as follows: ___________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________. The child’s street address shall not be changed without notification to the court and all parties disclosing the new address and contact information. 3. The parties: _____ Have filed an Agreement have for temporary caretaking authority, decisionmaking authority and contact by the Nonparent. The Agreement is in the best interests of the child(ren) and is adopted and incorporated herein. OR _____ Have NOT reached an Agreement for temporary caretaking authority, decisionmaking authority, and/or contact with the child(ren). 4. Caretaking Authority {If Applicable} The Court finds that caretaking authority by the Nonparent is in the best interest of the child(ren). If the Nonparent is an adult who is not a family member with whom the child(ren) has/have a close and substantial relationship, the best interest of the child(ren) has been established by clear and convincing evidence. {Specific Findings}: _____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________. The Nonparent shall have caretaking authority as follows: _____________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________. The caretaking authority does not exceed the amount of time granted to the Deploying Parent under a permanent custody order. In the absence of a permanent custody order that is currently in effect, the caretaking authority does not exceed amount of time the Deploying Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(c), Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. (12/19) - 25 - Parent habitually cared for the child(ren) before being notified of deployment. Additional travel time may be added if necessary to transport the child(ren). 5. Decisionmaking Authority {If Applicable} If due to the operational constraints of the deployment, the Deploying Parent is unable to exercise decisionmaking authority, the court finds that it is in the best interest of the child(ren) that the Nonparent exercise the following decisionmaking authority. If the Nonparent is an adult who is not a family member with whom the child (ren) has/have a close and substantial relationship, the best interest of the child(ren) has been established by clear and convincing evidence. {Specific Findings}:______________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________. The specific decisionmaking powers are: ___________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________. The duration of the decisionmaking powers is: {Cannot exceed the length of time in which the Deploying Parent is unable to exercise decision making authority} _______________________ ____________________________________________________________________________. 6. Contact {If Applicable} The court finds that it is in the best interest of the child(ren) for the Nonparent to have contact as follows. If the Nonparent is an adult who is not a family member with whom the child has a close and substantial relationship, the best interest of the child(ren) has been established by clear and convincing evidence. {Specific Findings}: _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________. Nonparent contact is as follows:_________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________. SECTION V. CHILD SUPPORT 1. The Court has jurisdiction under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. 2. There _____ is _____ is not an existing child support obligation. The _______ Deploying Parent _______ Other Parent is currently ordered to pay child support in the amount of $____________ every Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(c), Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. (12/19) - 26 - {specify week, every two weeks, month, or other} ____________________________________. 3. Temporary Modification of Child Support. a. ______ The court does not modify the existing child support obligation. b. ______The Other Parent’s current obligation to pay child support is: _____ Abated _____ Suspended _____ Reduced to $______________ per {specify week, every two weeks, month, or other} _______________________________________________________________________ until such time as the custody judgment or time-sharing order previously in effect is reinstated. c. ______The Court finds that there is a need for temporary establishment or modification of child support. The Deploying Parent has the present ability to pay child support. The amounts in the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.902(e), filed by ______ Deploying Parent ______ Other Parent are correct. OR The Court makes the following findings: Deploying Parent’s net monthly income is $____________, (Child Support Guidelines ____ %). Other Parent’s net monthly income is $_____________, (Child Support Guidelines____ %). Monthly child care costs are $________________. Monthly health/dental insurance costs for the child(ren) are $__________________. 4. Amount. Temporary child support established at the rate of $_________________per month for the _________child(ren) {total number of parties’ minor or dependent child(ren} shall be paid commencing __________________________________ {month, day, year} and terminating ____________________________ {month, day, year}. Child support shall be paid in the amount of $_____________ per ____________________ {week, month, other} which is consistent with the Deploying Parent’s current payroll cycle. Upon the termination of the obligation of child support for one of the parties’ child(ren), child support in the amount of $___________for the remaining _______child(ren) {total number of remaining child(ren)} shall be paid commencing _______________________________ {month, day, year} and terminating ___________________________ {month, day, year}. This child support shall be paid in the amount of $_________ per ______________ {week, month, other} consistent with the Deploying Parent’s current payroll cycle. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(c), Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. (12/19) - 27 - {Insert schedule for the child support obligation, including the amount, and commencement and termination dates, for the remaining minor or dependent child(ren), which shall be payable as the obligation for each child ceases. Please indicate whether the schedule _____ appears below or _____ is attached as part of this form.} ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________. The Deploying Parent shall pay child support until all of the minor or dependent child(ren): reach the age of 18; become emancipated, marry, join the armed services, die, or become selfsupporting; until the deployment terminated; or until further order of the court or agreement of the parties. The child support obligation shall continue beyond the age of 18 and until high school graduation for any child who is dependent in fact, between the ages of 18 and 19, and is still in high school, performing in good faith with a reasonable expectation of graduation before the age of 19. If the child support ordered deviates from the guidelines by more than 5%, the factual findings which support that deviation are: _________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. 5. Place of Payment. a. _____Deploying Parent shall pay court-ordered support directly to either the State Disbursement Unit or the central depository, as required by statute, along with any fee required by statute. b. _____Both parties have requested and the court finds that it is in the best interests of the child(ren) that support payments need not be directed through either the State Disbursement Unit or the central depository at this time; however, either party may subsequently apply, pursuant to section 61.13(1)(d)3, Florida Statutes, to require payments through the State Disbursement Unit or the central depository. 6. Income Deduction. a. _____Immediate. Deploying Parent shall pay through income deduction, pursuant to a separate Income Deduction Order which shall be effective immediately. Deploying Parent is individually responsible for paying this support obligation until all of said support is deducted from Deploying Parent’s income. Until support payments are deducted from Deploying Parent’s paycheck, Deploying Parent is responsible for making timely payments directly to the State Disbursement Unit or the Other Parent, as previously set forth in this order. b. _____Deferred. Income deduction is ordered this day, but it shall not be effective until a delinquency of $______________, or, if not specified, an amount equal to one month’s obligation Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(c), Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. (12/19) - 28 - c. occurs. Income deduction is not being implemented immediately based on the following findings: Income deduction is not in the best interests of the child(ren) because: {explain} _____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ AND _____ There is proof of timely payment of a previously ordered obligation without an Income Deduction Order, AND _____ There is an agreement by the Deploying Parent to advise the Title IV-D agency, clerk of court and Other Parent of any change in Payor and/or health insurance OR _____there is a signed written agreement providing an alternative arrangement between the Deploying Parent and the Other Parent and, at the option of the IV-D agency, by the IV-D agency in IV-D cases in which there is an assignment of support rights to the state, reviewed and entered in the record by the court. 7. Other provisions relating to child support: ___________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ . SECTION VI: INSURANCE 1. _____ The Court does not change the previously established insurance provisions. 2. _____ The Deploying Parent shall enroll the child(ren) as military dependent(s) with DEERS, TriCare, or other similar benefits available to military dependents as provided by the Deploying Parent’s branch of service. 3. _____Reasonable and necessary uninsured medical/dental/prescription drug costs for the minor child(ren) shall be assessed as follows: _____ Shared equally by both parents. _____ Prorated according to the child support guideline percentages. _____ Other {explain}: ____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ As to these uninsured medical/dental/prescription drug expenses, the party who incurs the expense shall submit a request for reimbursement to the other party within 30 days, and the other party, within 30 days of receipt, shall submit the applicable reimbursement for that expense, according to the schedule of reimbursement set out in this paragraph. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(c), Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. (12/19) - 29 - SECTION VII: TERMINATION This order is temporary and terminates after the Deploying Parent returns from deployment. SECTION VIII. OTHER 1. Other Provisions. ___________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________. 2. The Court reserves jurisdiction to modify and enforce this Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. 3. Unless specifically modified by this Order, the provisions of all final judgments or orders in effect remain the same. DONE AND ORDERED in _________________________, Florida, on ___________________________. _____________________________________________ CIRCUIT JUDGE Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(c), Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. (12/19) - 30 - CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that a copy of this Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment was _____ mailed _____ faxed and mailed _____ e-mailed _____hand-delivered to the parties and any entities listed below on {date}___________________________. ______________________________________ by {clerk of court or designee} _____Petitioner (or his or her attorney) _____Respondent (or his or her attorney) _____Nonparent (if applicable) _____Central Depository _____State Disbursement Unit _____Other: ______________________ Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(c), Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. (12/19) - 31 - INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORM 12.948(d) MOTION TO MODIFY OR TERMINATE TEMPORARY GRANT OF CUSTODIAL RESPONSIBILITY OR LIMITED CONTACT TO NONPARENT DURING DEPLOYMENT (12/19) When should this form be used? This form should be used when you are asking the court to modify or terminate a temporary grant of custodial responsibility during deployment. The Motion must be consistent with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. ss. 3902-4043. The Motion may be filed by the Deploying Parent, the Other Parent, or any Nonparent who was granted caretaking authority. Any modification is temporary and terminates after the Deploying Parent returns from deployment, unless the temporary grant of custodial responsibility has been terminated before that time by court order. 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. A military member may sign before a military officer authorized to administer oaths. You should file the Motion in the case where the Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment was entered. You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court 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. What should I do next? For your case to proceed, you must certify that you have sent a copy of the Motion to all the other parties, including any Nonparty granted caretaking authority. If you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk of court, family law intake staff or the judicial assistant to set a hearing. You must notify the other party(ies) of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form. Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(d), Motion to Modify or Terminate Temporary Grant of Custodial Responsibility or Limited Contact to Nonparent During Deployment (12/19) - 32 - 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 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. 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 Nonlawyer. 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 12.948(d), Motion to Modify or Terminate Temporary Grant of Custodial Responsibility or Limited Contact to Nonparent During Deployment (12/19) - 33 - IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE IN AND FOR Petitioner, JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: Division: , and Respondent. , MOTION TO MODIFY OR TERMINATE TEMPORARY GRANT OF CUSTODIAL RESPONSIBILITY OR LIMITED CONTACT TO NONPARENT DURING DEPLOYMENT I, {full legal name} being sworn, certify that the following information is true: _________________________, 1. I am the _____ Deploying Parent _____ Other Parent ______ Nonparent granted caretaking authority. 2. On {date} __________________ the Court entered an Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. The Order ______ did ______ did not adopt an Agreement Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. 3. Paragraph(s) _____ of the _____ Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment or _____ most recent modification thereof describes the present caretaking authority, decisionmaking authority, and contact with the child(ren). 4. I ask the Court to: {Choose only one} _____ Terminate the Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment _____ Modify the Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment, as follows: {explain} . 5. The termination or modification of the Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment is in the best interest of the child(ren) because: {explain} ___________________________________________________________________________ Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(d), Motion to Modify or Terminate Temporary Grant of Custodial Responsibility or Limited Contact to Nonparent During Deployment (12/19) - 34 - ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________. 6. The modification is temporary and terminates after the Deploying Parent returns from Deployment, unless the temporary grant of custodial responsibility has been terminated by the court before that time. 7. Other: ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(d), Motion to Modify or Terminate Temporary Grant of Custodial Responsibility or Limited Contact to Nonparent During Deployment (12/19) - 35 - CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that a copy of this Motion to Modify or Terminate Temporary Grant of Custodial Responsibility or Limited Contact to Nonparent During Deployment was ______ mailed _____ faxed and mailed ______ e-mailed _____hand-delivered to the parties and any entities listed below on {date}___________________________. ______________________________________ {Signature} Deploying Parent or his/her attorney Name___________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________________ Fax Number: _____________________________ Designated E-Mail Address(es) ______________ _______________________________________ Other Parent or his/her attorney Name___________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________________ Fax Number: _____________________________ Designated E-Mail Address(es) ______________ _______________________________________ NonParent or his/her attorney Name___________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________________ Fax Number: _____________________________ Designated E-Mail Address(es)________________ Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(d), Motion to Modify or Terminate Temporary Grant of Custodial Responsibility or Limited Contact to Nonparent During Deployment (12/19) - 36 - I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this motion and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment. Dated: _______ _______________________________________ Signature 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, DEPUTY CLERK. or MILITARY OFFICER AUTHORIZED TO ADMINISTER OATHS [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or deputy 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 _____Petitioner ______Respondent ______Nonparent. 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 12.948(d), Motion to Modify or Terminate Temporary Grant of Custodial Responsibility or Limited Contact to Nonparent During Deployment (12/19) - 37 - INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORM 12.948(e), AGREEMENT TO TERMINATE ORDER GRANTING TEMPORARY CUSTODIAL RESPONSIBILITY DURING DEPLOYMENT (12/19) When should this form be used? This form should be filed after a Deploying Parent returns from deployment and the Deploying Parent and the Other Parent are seeking to terminate an Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility or an Agreement Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment. This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility was entered and keep a copy for your records. If you have filed all of the required papers, you may call the clerk of court, family law intake staff or the judicial assistant to set a hearing. You must notify the other party(ies) of the hearing by using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form. The court will then enter an order after the hearing. 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. What should I do next? A copy of this form must be mailed, e-mailed, or hand delivered to the other party, along with a notice of hearing. 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 Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(e), Agreement to Terminate Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 38 - 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 email, 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 Email Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915; and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516. 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 chapter 61, Florida Statutes, and rule 1.610, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. Special notes 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 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 12.948(e), Agreement to Terminate Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 39 - IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ______________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _______________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: ________________________ Division: _________________________ ____________________________________, Petitioner, and ____________________________________, Respondent. AGREEMENT TO TERMINATE ORDER GRANTING TEMPORARY CUSTODIAL RESPONSIBILITY DURING DEPLOYMENT 1. We, the Deploying Parent {full legal name} ___________________________________ and Other Parent {full legal name} ____________________________________________, agree to terminate the Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment entered on {date} _________________________________________. 2. The Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment shall terminate on: _____ The following date: _______________________________. _____ The date this Agreement is signed by the Deploying Parent and the Other Parent. CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE We certify that a copy of this document was _____e-mailed _____ mailed _____ faxed _____handdelivered to the person(s) listed below on {date} _____________________________. NONPARENT (If applicable) Name: ______________________________________ Address: ____________________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________________________ Fax Number: _________________________________ Designated E-mail Address(es): __________________ ____________________________________________ Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(e), Agreement to Terminate Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 40 - I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this Agreement. I am satisfied with this Agreement and intend to be bound by it. Dated: ______________________ _______________________________________ Signature of Deploying Parent 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, DEPUTY CLERK, or MILITARY OFFICER AUTHORIZED TO ADMINISTER OATHS _____ Personally known _______________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or deputy clerk.] _____ Produced identification _____ Type of identification produced ________________________________ Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.948(e), Agreement to Terminate Order Granting Temporary Custodial Responsibility During Deployment (12/19) - 41 - I certify that I have been open and honest in entering into this Agreement. I am satisfied with this Agreement and intend to be bound by it. Dated: ______________________ _______________________________________ Signature of Other Parent 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, DEPUTY CLERK, or MILITARY OFFICER AUTHORIZED TO ADMINISTER OATHS _______________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or deputy 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} __________. 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