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  • 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?
  1. dissolution of marriage
  2. division & distribution of property arising out of dissolution of marriage
  3. annulment
  4. custodial care / access to children
  5. adoption
  6. support unconnected with dissolution of marriage
  7. child support
  8. paternity
  9. URESA / UIFSA
  10. declaratory judgment actions related to premarital, marital, or post marital agreements
  11. name change
  12. juvenile delinquency
  13. emancipation of a minor
  14. CINS / FINS
  15. truancy
  16. juvenile dependency
  17. termination of parental rights
  18. civil domestic & repeat violence
  19. modifications and enforcement of orders