INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
NOTICE OF HEARING (GENERAL) (11/15)
When should this form be used?
Anytime you have set a hearing before a judge, you must send notice of the hearing to the otherparty.
IMPORTANT: If your hearing has been set before a general magistrate, you should use Notice of Hearing
Before General Magistrate, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.920(c). If your hearing has
been set before a child support enforcement hearing officer, you should use Notice of Hearing (Child
Support Hearing Officer), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.921.
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 your case was filed 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?
A copy of this form must be mailed, e-mailed, or hand delivered to the other party in your case. If a
default has been entered, you must still send this form to the other party to notify the other party of the
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.
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.923, Notice of Hearing