Florida Family Law

Information About Family Law in Florida

Florida Family Law deals with all actions concerning family matters except as otherwise provided by the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure or the Florida Probate Rules.

Most Family Law cases are heard in the circuit courts of Florida, as opposed to the county courts.

Knowing which circuit your county of residence is located is essential.

For a listing of circuits and the Florida counties they serve, you should have a look at this page from the Florida courts' website.

What Matters are Considered as Family Law in Florida?

Family Law in Florida includes court cases that have to do with the following areas of the law...

  • Divorce,
  • Alimony,
  • Child Support,
  • Custody,
  • Visitation,
  • Paternity,
  • Adoption,
  • and more...

Family law matters or family law cases as used within these rules include, but are not limited to, matters arising from dissolution of marriage, annulment, support unconnected with dissolution of marriage, paternity, child support, custodial care of or access to children (except as otherwise provided by the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure), adoption, proceedings for emancipation of a minor, declaratory judgment actions related to premarital, marital, or post-marital agreements (except as otherwise provided, when applicable, by the Florida Probate Rules), injunctions for domestic and repeat violence, and all proceedings for modification, enforcement, and civil contempt of these actions.

Florida Court Forms & Family Law

We have several sections dedicated to Florida family law.

With detailed information on forms and procedures available to the pro se litigant, you will find our site very useful.

Divorce - Dissolution of Marriage

If divorce information is what you are looking for, you will find lots of information here.

We cover the forms provided by the state courts with tips and suggestions on how to navigate the entire procedure.

We have an entire section devoted to divorce and divorce issues. Please visit our Florida Divorce page for more information.

Child Custody and Visitation

The court can change an order granting shared parental responsibility, including a primary residential responsibility/custody order if the judge finds that there has been a substantial change in the circumstances of the parties and the change is in the children’s best interests.

If you are asking the court to change current court-ordered custody or visitation arrangements, a Supplemental Petition to Modify Custody or Visitation and Other Relief is the appropriate form to use.

If you are looking to establish custody and visitation, and you are not married to the other parent, a Petition for Paternity is the appropriate form to use.

If you are changing an existing order and the order was entered in another state, or if the children live in another state, you should speak with an attorney about where to file this form. See our Free Legal Resources page for more information.

Child Support in Florida

We have a section dedicated to Florida child support. Included in this section is information and links to:

  • child support calculators
  • child support guidelines
  • forms and instructions on how to modify a current child support order
  • information about filing for an income deduction order including the forms and the procedure on how to do it.

This Florida family law section is currently under construction so check back often for more information about Florida Child Support.

Family Adoptions in Florida

There are two types of name change forms for Florida family law.

One is for an adult name change and the other form is for the name change of a minor child.

The forms and instructions are included for each in our Florida Name Change page.

Domestic Violence

There are numerous Florida family law forms concerning domestic violence including dating violence, and sexual violence.

These issues are sensitive and complex. It is prudent for anyone involved to consider seeking legal advise and support.

We have included a page dedicated to resources that can be very helpful for domestic violence.

PDF Fillable Family Law Forms

We also have a page for the various Florida Family Law Forms.

Also see these related family law pages...

Interactive Family Law Forms

Constructive Service

Diligent Search & Procedures

Florida Name Change

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