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Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.960, Motion for Civil Contempt/Enforcement (03/09)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORM 12.960, MOTION FOR CIVIL CONTEMPT/ENFORCEMENT (03/09)

When should this form be used?

You may use this form to ask the court to enforce a prior court order or final judgment.

What should I do next?

To initiate a civil contempt/enforcement proceeding against a party who is not complying with a prior court order, you must file a motion with the court explaining what the party has failed to do. This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign it before a notary public or deputy clerk.

You should then file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where your case was filed and keep a copy for your records. A copy of this form must be personally served by a sheriff or private process server or mailed* or hand delivered to any other party(ies) in your case. *Please note that if notice is mailed, the court in certain circumstances may not consider mailing to be adequate notice. If you want to be sure, you should have the motion personally served.

This is a technical area of the law; if you have any questions about it, you should consult a lawyer. For more information on personal service, see the instructions for Summons: Personal Service on an Individual, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.910(a). The court will then set a hearing. You should check with the clerk of court, judicial assistant, or family law intake staff for information on the local procedure for scheduling a hearing. Once you know the time and date of the hearing,

You will need to complete Notice of Hearing on Motion for Contempt/Enforcement, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.961, or, if applicable, Notice of Hearing (Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.921, or [Notice of Hearing Before] General Magistrate, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.920[(c)], which will specify a time and place for a hearing on the issue.

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party. Again, if notice is mailed, the court in certain circumstances may not consider mailing to be adequate notice. If you want to be sure, you should have the notice personally served.

This is a technical area of the law; if you have any questions about it, you should consult a lawyer. For more information on personal service, see the instructions for Summons: Personal Service on an Individual, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.910(a). At the hearing, as in any other civil proceeding, you, as the moving party, will have the burden of proving the other party has not obeyed a prior court order. Once noncompliance is established, the other party will have an opportunity to show an inability to comply with the prior court order. If he or she is unable to do so, the judge may find the other party to be in contempt. If so, the judge may order appropriate sanctions to compel compliance by the other party, including jail, payment of attorneys’ fees, suit money, or costs, and coercive or compensatory fines, and may order any other relief permitted by law. Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.960, Motion for Civil Contempt/Enforcement (03/09)

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. See also section 61.14, Florida Statutes and rule 12.615, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure. 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. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.960, Motion for Civil Contempt/Enforcement (03/09)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: Division: , Petitioner, and , Respondent.

MOTION FOR CIVIL CONTEMPT/ENFORCEMENT

( ) Petitioner ( ) Respondent requests that the Court enter an order of civil contempt/enforcement against ( ) Petitioner ( ) Respondent in this case because:

1. A final judgment or order {title of final judgment or order}__________________________ in this case was entered on {date} , by {court, city, and state} . _____Please indicate here if the judgment or order is not from this Court and attach a copy.

2. This order of the Court required the other party in this case to do or not do the following: {Explain what the other party was ordered to do or not do.} __________________________ ______Please indicate here if additional pages are attached.

3. The other party in this case has willfully failed to comply with this order of the Court: {Explain what the other party has or has not done.} _________________________________ _______ Please indicate here if additional pages are attached. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.960, Motion for Civil Contempt/Enforcement (03/09)

4. I respectfully request that the Court issue an order holding the above-named person in civil contempt, if appropriate, and/or providing the following relief:

a. ___enforcing or compelling compliance with the prior order or judgment;

b. ___awarding a monetary judgment;

c. ___if a monetary judgment was included in the prior order, issuing a writ of execution or garnishment or other appropriate process;

d. ___awarding prejudgment interest;

e. ___requiring the other party to pay costs and fees in connection with this motion;

f. ___if the other party is found to be in civil contempt, ordering a compensatory fine;

g. ___if the other party is found to be in civil contempt, ordering a coercive fine;

h. ___if the other party is found to be in civil contempt, ordering incarceration of the other party;

i. ___issuing a writ of possession for real property, writ for possession of personal property, or other appropriate writ;

j. ___issuing a writ of bodily attachment if the other party fails to appear at the hearing set on this motion;

k. ___requiring the other party to make payments through the central governmental depository;

l. ___requiring the support payments to be automatically deducted from the other party’s income or funds;

m. ___requiring the other party to seek employment;

n. ___awarding make-up time-sharing with minor child(ren) as follows {explain}: ; and

o. ___ awarding other relief {explain}: . I certify that a copy of this document was: [one only] ( ) 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: Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.960, Motion for Civil Contempt/Enforcement (03/09)

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

Dated: _______________________

Signature of Party

Printed Name:

Address:

City, State, Zip:

Telephone Number:

Fax Number:

STATE OF FLORIDA

COUNTY OF ________________________

Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on by .

NOTARY PUBLIC or DEPUTY CLERK

[Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or clerk.]

Personally known

Produced identification

Type of identification produced ______________________________

IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [fill in all blanks] I, {full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} , a nonlawyer, located at {street} , {city} ,

{state} , {phone} , helped {name} , who is the [ one only] petitioner or respondent, fill out this form.

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