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(a)    Commencement of Proceedings. Proceedings are commenced when:

(1)    an initial shelter petition is filed;

(2)    a petition alleging dependency is filed;

(3)    a petition for termination of parental rights is filed; or

(4)    a petition for an injunction to prevent child abuse under chapter 39, Florida Statutes, is filed.

(5)    a petition or affidavit for an order to take into custody is filed; or

(6)    any other petition authorized by chapter 39, Florida Statutes, is filed.

(b)    File to Be Opened. Upon commencement of any proceeding, the clerk must open a file and assign a case number.