Instructions for Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.996(c), Notice of Filing Return Receipt
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURE
NOTICE OF FILING RETURN RECEIPT (11/20)
When should this form be used?
This form should be used when an Income Deduction Order, Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure Form 12.996(a), is entered by the court and a Notice to Payor, Florida Family Law Rules
of Procedure Form 12.996(b), has been sent by certified mail to the obligor’s payor. When the
post office returns the return receipt to you showing that the obligor’s payor has received the
Notice to Payor, you should type or print this form in black ink. After completing this form, you
should sign it and attach the return receipt you received from the post office. This form (and the
attached return receipt) should be filed with the clerk of the circuit court in the county in which
the action is pending. You should keep a copy for your own records.
What should I do next?
A copy of this form must also be served on the other party or his or her attorney. Service must be
in accordance with Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516.
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 there. For further information, see section 61.1301, Florida Statutes.
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
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 Florida 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