PETITION FOR INJUNCTION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST DATING VIOLENCE

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORM 12.980(n) PETITION FOR INJUNCTION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST DATING VIOLENCE (04/15)
When should this form be used? If you are a victim of dating violence, and have reasonable cause to believe you are in imminent danger of becoming the victim of another act of dating violence, or if you have reasonable cause to believe that you are in imminent danger of becoming a victim of dating violence, you can use this form to ask the court for a protective order prohibiting dating violence. Dating violence means violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The dating relationship must have existed within the past six months, the nature of the relationship must have been characterized by the expectation of affection or sexual involvement between the parties, and the frequency and type of interaction must have included that the persons have been involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship. Dating violence does not include violence in a casual acquaintanceship or violence between individuals who only have engaged in ordinary fraternization in a business or social context. Dating violence includes assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, or false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death. Because you are making a request to the court, you are called the petitioner. The person whom you are asking the court to protect you from is called the respondent. If you are under the age of eighteen and have never been married or had the disabilities of nonage removed by a court, one of your parents or your legal guardian must sign this petition on your behalf..

If you are filing on behalf of a child or children The parent or legal guardian of any minor child who is living at home may seek an injunction for protection against dating violence on behalf of the minor child. With respect to a minor child who is living at home, if the party against whom the protective injunction is sought is also a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian, you, as the parent or legal guardian filing the petition, must have been an eye-witness to, or have direct physical evidence or affidavits from eye-witnesses of, the specific facts and circumstances that form the basis of the petition. If the party against whom the protective injunction is sought is a person OTHER THAN a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian of the minor child, you, as the parent or legal guardian filing the petition, must state why you have reasonable cause to believe that the minor child is a victim of dating violence.

Additional Information

If the respondent is your spouse, former spouse, related to you by blood or marriage, living with you now or has lived with you in the past (if you are or were living as a family), or the other parent of your child(ren), whether or not you have ever been married or ever lived together, you should use Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(a), rather than this form.

This form should be typed or printed in black ink. You should complete this form (giving as much detail as possible) and sign it the presence of a notary or in front of the clerk of the circuit court in the county where you live. The clerk will take your completed petition to a judge. You should keep a copy for your records. If you have any questions or need assistance completing this form, the clerk or family law intake staff will help you.

What should I do if the judge grants my petition?

If the facts contained in your petition convince the judge that an immediate and present danger of dating violence exists, the judge will sign a Temporary Injunction for Protection Against Dating Violence, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(o). A temporary injunction is issued without notice to the respondent. The clerk will give your petition, the temporary injunction, and any other papers filed with your petition to the sheriff or other law enforcement officer for personal service on the respondent. The temporary injunction will take effect immediately after the respondent is served with a copy of it. It lasts until a full hearing can be held or for a period of 15 days, whichever comes first. The court may extend the temporary injunction beyond 15 days for a good reason, which may include failure to obtain service on the respondent.

The temporary injunction is issued ex parte. This means that the judge has considered only the information presented by one side--YOU. Section I of the temporary injunction gives a date that you should appear in court for a hearing. You will be expected to testify about the facts in your petition. The respondent will be given the opportunity to testify at this hearing, also. At the hearing, the judge will decide whether to issue a Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Dating Violence (After Notice), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(p), which will remain in effect for a specific time period or until modified or dissolved by the court. If you and/or the respondent do not appear, the temporary injunction may be continued in force, extended, or dismissed, and/or additional orders may be granted, including entry of a permanent injunction and the imposition of court costs. You and respondent will be bound by the terms of any injunction or order issued at the final hearing.

IF EITHER YOU OR RESPONDENT DO NOT APPEAR AT THE FINAL HEARING, YOU WILL BOTH BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF ANY INJUNCTION OR ORDER ISSUED IN THIS MATTER.

If the judge signs a temporary or final injunction, the clerk will provide you with the necessary copies. Make sure that you keep one certified copy of the injunction with you at all times!

What can I do if the judge denies my petition?

If your petition is denied on the grounds that it appears to the court that no immediate and present danger of dating violence exists, the court will set a full hearing on your petition. The respondent will be notified by personal service of your petition and the hearing. If your petition is denied, you may: amend your petition by filing a Supplemental Affidavit in Support of Petition for Injunction for Protection, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(g); attend the hearing and present facts that support your petition; and/or dismiss your petition.

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 in that section. The clerk of the circuit court or family law intake staff will help you complete any necessary forms. For further information, see section 784.046, Florida Statutes, and rule 12.610, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

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.

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.

Your full legal name:
Respondent's legal name:
(The respondent is the person you want to be protected from)

I, , being sworn, certify that the following statements are true:
This section is about you, the petitioner. It must be filled out.

Petitioner currently lives at the following address:

Address:
City, State, Zip
Date of Birth of Petitioner:
Designated E-Mail Address(es):
Area Code and Phone: Area Code and Fax:
Petitioner seeks an injunction for protection on behalf of a minor child. Petitioner is the parent or legal guardian of {full legal name} , a minor child who is living at home.
Petitioner's attorney's name: (If you don't have an attorney, write "none")

Attorney's Phone: (Leave blank if you don't have an attorney)

Attorney's Address: (Leave blank if you don't have an attorney)

Attorney's City, State and Zip: (Leave blank if you don't have an attorney)


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR  COUNTY, FLORIDA
,
,


,
Petitioner,

and

,
Respondent.




SECTION II. Respondent (This section is about the person you want to be protected from. It must be completed.)

Respondent's address

Respondent's City, State and Zip

Respondent's Driver's License Number {if known}

Petitioner has known Respondent since {date}:
Respondent’s last known place of employment:
Employment address:
Working hours:

Physical description of Respondent:
Race:     Sex:     Birthdate:
Height:    Weight:    Eye Color:    Hair Color:
Distinguishing marks or scars: Vehicle Make/Model:    Color:    Tag Number:

Other names Respondent goes by (aliases or nicknames):
Respondent's attorney:
(If you do not know whether Respondent has an attorney, write unknown. If Respondent does not have an attorney, write none.)
Attorney's Address (leave blank if unknown):
Attorney's Phone (leave blank if unknown):

If Respondent is a minor, the address of Respondent's parent or legal guardian is:




SECTION III. CASE HISTORY AND REASON FOR SEEKING PETITION (This section must be completed.)
  1. Describe the nature of the relationship between the Petitioner and Respondent (include the length of time of the relationship, the romantic or intimate nature of the relationship, the frequency or type of interaction, and any other facts that characterize the relationship)

    Please indicate here if you are attaching additional pages to continue these facts.
  2. Have the Petitioner and Respondent been involved in a dating relationship within the past six months?

  3. If yes, what happened in that case? {include case number, if known}

  4. If yes, what happened in that case? {include case number, if known}
  5. Describe any other court case that is either going on now or that happened in the past between Petitioner and Respondent {include case number, if known}:
  6. Respondent has directed an incident of violence, meaning assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, or false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death against Petitioner or a member of Petitioner’s immediate family. The incident (including date and location) is described below.
    On {date} , at {location}
    Respondent

    Please indicate here if you are attaching additional pages to continue these facts.
  7. Other prior incidents (including dates and location) are described below:
    On {date} , at {location}
    Respondent

    Please indicate here if you are attaching additional pages to continue these facts.
  8. Imminent Danger
    {Please complete either paragraph a or b below}

    a. Petitioner is a victim of dating violence and has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming a victim of another act of dating violence. {Explain what Respondent has done to make you a victim of dating violence and to make you fear that you are in imminent danger of becoming a victim of another act of dating violence.}

    OR

    b. Petitioner has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming a victim of dating violence as demonstrated by the fact that Respondent has: {Explain what Respondent has done that makes you fear that you are in imminent danger of becoming a victim of dating violence.}


  9. Additional Information
    {Indicate all that apply} Respondent owns, has, and/or is known to have guns or other weapons.
    Describe weapon(s):
  10. This or other acts of dating violence have been previously reported to {person or agency}:


SECTION IV.  INJUNCTION (This section must be completed.)
  1. Petitioner asks the Court to enter a TEMPORARY INJUNCTION for protection against dating violence that will be in place from now until the scheduled hearing in this matter.
  2. Petitioner asks the Court to enter an injunction prohibiting Respondent from committing any acts of violence against Petitioner and:
    1. prohibiting Respondent from going to or within 500 feet of any place Petitioner lives;
    2. prohibiting Respondent from going to or within 500 feet of Petitioner’s place(s) of employment or the school that Petitioner attends; the address of Petitioner's place(s) of employment and/or school is:
    3. prohibiting Respondent from contacting Petitioner by telephone, mail, by e-mail, in writing, through another person, or in any other manner;
    4. ordering Respondent not to use or possess any guns or firearms;

      {Choose all that apply}
    5. prohibiting Respondent from going to or within 500 feet of the following place(s) Petitioner or Petitioner’s immediate family must go to often:
    6. prohibiting Respondent from knowingly and intentionally going to or within 100 feet of Petitioner’s motor vehicle;
      and any other terms the Court deems necessary for the safety of Petitioner and Petitioner’s immediate family.


I UNDERSTAND THAT BY FILING THIS PETITION, I AM ASKING THE COURT TO HOLD A HEARING ON THIS PETITION, THAT BOTH THE RESPONDENT AND I WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE HEARING, AND THAT I MUST APPEAR AT THE HEARING. I UNDERSTAND THAT IF EITHER RESPONDENT OR I FAIL TO APPEAR AT THE FINAL HEARING, WE WILL BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF ANY INJUNCTION OR ORDER ISSUED AT THAT HEARING.

I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM SWEARING OR AFFIRMING UNDER OATH TO THE TRUTHFULNESS OF THE CLAIMS MADE IN THIS PETITION AND THAT THE PUNISHMENT FOR KNOWINGLY MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT INCLUDES FINES AND/OR IMPRISONMENT.


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