FAMILY COURT RULES
For constituents, customers, or callers seeking help with family law cases – divorce, adoption, name change, custody, order of protection, and much more – there is now a one-stop source for lots of information aimed at self-represented people. Florida Courts Help is available at app stores as well as online at help.flcourts.org.
Florida Courts Help makes available at the touch of a screen:
- 186 Supreme Court-approved family law forms that can be filled out on the device
- Links and contact information for help centers all around the state
- Plain-language instructions and descriptions of first steps and next actions
- Pointers and contact for a full range of legal help from multiple online resources, free and low- cost legal services, lawyer referrals and other information, including eligibility criteria.
- User-friendly instructions for initial steps and pointers about what happens next.
- What is Family Court?
Family Court is a fully integrated, comprehensive approach to handling all cases involving children and families, while at the same time resolving family disputes in a fair, timely, efficient, and cost effective manner. In Florida, the Supreme Court has recognized Unified Family Court as the best way to handle cases that involve children and families. The idea behind Unified Family Court (or UFC for short) is that a family should be able to have all of their disputes resolved in the most effective and efficient way possible. Since 1991, a series of Florida Supreme Court opinions have been instrumental in establishing UFC throughout the state. For more information click here.
- What does Family Court have jurisdiction over?
- dissolution of marriage
- division & distribution of property arising out of dissolution of marriage
- custodial care / access to children
- support unconnected with dissolution of marriage
- child support
- URESA / UIFSA
- declaratory judgment actions related to premarital, marital, or post marital agreements
- name change
- juvenile delinquency
- emancipation of a minor
- CINS / FINS
- juvenile dependency
- termination of parental rights
- civil domestic & repeat violence
- modifications and enforcement of orders