INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURE
FORM 12.951(a), PETITION TO DISESTABLISH PATERNITY AND/OR
TERMINATE CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATION (09/10)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used by a man who wishes to disestablish paternity or terminate a child
support obligation because he is not the biological father of the child(ren). The petition must be
• in the circuit court having jurisdiction over the child support obligation; or
• if the child support was determined administratively and has not been ratified by a
court, in the circuit court in which the mother or legal guardian or custodian of the
child(ren) resides; or
• if the mother or legal guardian or custodian no longer resides in the state, in the circuit
court in the county in which the petitioner resides.
This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing the form, you should sign the
form before a notary public or deputy clerk.
A copy of any judgment or order regarding paternity or child support and a copy of any scientific
test results showing that you cannot be the father of the child(ren) must be attached to the
petition and filed with the court.
What should I do next?
The petition must be served on the mother or legal guardian or custodian of the child(ren). If the
child support obligation was determined administratively and has not been ratified by a court,
the petition must also be served on the Department of Revenue.
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 Section 742.18, Florida
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 12.951(a), Petition to Disestablish
Paternity and/or Terminate Child Support Obligation (09/10)