Divorce Answer Forms

Choosing the Answer to Petition for Dissolution

If you've been served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, you are required to answer the petition within 20 days or else your divorce can end in a default entered against you.


Florida state court provides several approved forms for filing your dissolution of marriage answer.

Choosing the correct form for your answer is critical.

Before you start using these divorce answer forms, make sure to read the instructions that come with the forms and be sure the ones you ultimately use are the right answer forms for your particular circumstance.

Have a look at the forms below to see which of the Florida divorce answer forms is right for your situation.

Click on the link for the divorce form petition and read about the filing requirements for that form.

Answer to Dissolution of Marriage Forms

here are five official Florida answer to dissolution of marriage forms and one answer to counter-petition that can be filed in the State of Florida to answer a divorce petition. 

The first two of the divorce answer forms are direct answers to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, the following three answer forms are answer and counter-petition forms, and the last of these is an answer to a counter-petition.

Florida Divorce Answer Forms:

Form 12.903(a) Answer, Waiver, and Request for Copy of Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage

Form 12.903(b) Answer to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

Form 12.903(c)(1) Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Children

Form 12.903(c)(2) Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Children

Form 12.903(c)(3) Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Children

Form 12.903(d) Answer to Counterpetition


Form 12.903(a) Answer, Waiver, and Request for Copy of Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage

Divorce Answer Form 12.903(a)

The first of these divorce answer forms is the Answer, Waiver, and Request for Copy of Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, Form 12.903(a).

This form should be used when you have been served with a petition for dissolution of marriage and you do not wish to contest it or appear at a hearing.

If you file this form, you are admitting all of the allegations in the petition, saying that you do not need to be notified of or appear at the final hearing, and that you would like a copy of the final judgment mailed to you.

You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party’s petition.

A copy of this form, along with all of the other forms required with this answer and waiver, must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party in your case.

Download Form 12.903(a)

Form 12.903(b) Answer to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

Divorce Answer Form 12.903(b)

The second divorce answer form is the Answer to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Form 12.903(b).

This form should be used when you are responding to a petition for dissolution of marriage and you wish to admit or deny all of the allegations in the petition but you do not plan to file a counterpetition seeking relief.

You can use this form to answer any petition for dissolution of marriage, whether or not there are minor child(ren).

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.

You should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the petition was filed and keep a copy for your records.

This must be done within 20 days of receiving the petition.

Download Form 12.903(b)

Form 12.903(c)(1) Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Children

Divorce Answer Form 12.903(c)(1)

This is the first of the Florida divorce answer and counter-petition forms, the Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Children, Form 12.903(c)(1).

This form should be used when you are responding to a petition for dissolution of marriage with dependent or minor child(ren) and you are asking the court for something not contained in the petition.

The answer portion of this form is used to admit or deny the allegations contained in the petition, and the counterpetition portion of this form is used to ask for whatever you want the court to do for you.

You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party’s petition.

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party.

After you file an answer and counterpetition your case will then generally proceed as follows:

The other party is required to answer your counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(d).

Download Form 12.903(c)(1)

Form 12.903(c)(2) Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Children

Divorce Answer Form 12.903(c)(2)

This is the second of the Florida divorce answer and counter-petition forms, the Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Children, Form 12.903(c)(2).

This form should be used when you are responding to a petition for dissolution of marriage with property but no dependent or minor children and you are asking the court for something not contained in the petition.

The answer portion of this form is used to admit or deny the allegations contained in the petition, and the counterpetition portion of this form is used to ask for whatever you want the court to do for you.

You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party’s petition.

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party.

After you file an answer and counterpetition your case will then generally proceed as follows:

The other party is required to answer your counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(d).

Download Form 12.903(c)(2)

Form 12.903(c)(3) Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Children

Divorce Answer Form 12.903(c)(3)

This is the third of the Florida divorce answer and counter-petition forms, the Answer to Petition and Counterpetition for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) or Property, Form 12.903(c)(3).

This form should be used when you are responding to a petition for dissolution of marriage with no dependent or minor children or property and you are asking the court for something not contained in the petition.

The answer portion of this form is used to admit or deny the allegations contained in the petition, and the counterpetition portion of this form is used to ask for whatever you want the court to do for you such as restoring your former name.

You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party's petition.

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party.

After you file an answer and counterpetition your case will then generally proceed as follows:

The other party is required to answer your counterpetition within 20 days using an Answer to Counterpetition, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.903(d).

Download Form 12.903(c)(3)

Form 12.903(d) Answer to Counterpetition

Divorce Answer Form 12.903(d)

If you are the Petitioner for divorce and the Respondent served you with an answer and counter-petition, this is the form you will need to file.

The Answer to Counterpetition, Form 12.903(d) should be used by a petitioner to respond to the respondent=s counterpetition.

You should use this form to admit or deny the allegations contained in the counterpetition.

You have 20 days to answer after being served with the other party=s counterpetition.

A copy of this form must be mailed or hand delivered to the other party.

Download Form 12.903(d)


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