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Pursuant to 119.12 (2), F.S., the custodian of public records is Hampton Peterson, 561.355.2996.

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Unified Family Court

Effective April 17, 2017: Registry Fees Collected At Time of Deposit

Delray Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens Locations Closed Every Friday
Due to continued insufficient funding from the Florida Legislature, the Clerk & Comptroller's Delray Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens branch offices will be closed to the public every Friday until further notice. The Clerk’s West Palm Beach and Belle Glade offices will remain open on Fridays, but may experience longer than usual wait times. We appreciate your patience.

Unified Family Court handles all case types related to family issues. Although information is available about legal processes, you must hire an attorney for legal advice. Unified Family Court Services are available at all four Palm Beach County courthouse locations. The Delray Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens branch offices are closed to the public on Fridays until further notice.

Self Service Center: Your Guide through the Courts

The Clerk & Comptroller's Self Service Center offers assistance for those representing themselves in court. Available services include packets of legal forms and instructions that may be purchased; interactive forms for divorce, small claims and evictions; low-cost attorney consultations and more. 

Some free family law forms are available online from www.flcourts.org.

Notice of Confidential Information Within Court Filing

Any court filings made in a Florida court that contain confidential information must be accompanied by a Notice of Confidential Information – a form that lists exemptions to public records laws, including adoption records, Social Security or bank account numbers, HIV test results or information identifying victims of sexual offenses. Read more.


Cover Sheet for Family Court Cases and Instructions - Form 12.928

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Guidelines for filing a Petition For Adoption.

Child Support

Information on child support payments and enforcement.


Information about petitions for dissolution of marriage.

Domestic/Repeat/Sexual/Dating Violence/Stalking

Information about Injunctions for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence or Sexual Violence.


A guardianship is a legal proceeding in the courts in which a guardian is appointed by the court to exercise the legal rights of an incapacitated person.


This office handles juvenile delinquency cases (violations of criminal law) and juvenile dependency cases (cases of child abuse, neglect or abandonment).

Mental Health

Information about mental health case types such as Baker Act, Marchman Act, Adult Protective Services Act and more.

Name Change

Information about Petitions for Change of Name (individual, minor, adult, family), including instructions for the electronic fingerprinting process.


Any woman who is pregnant or has a child, any man who has reason to believe that he is the father of a child, or any child may bring proceedings in the circuit court to determine the paternity of the child when paternity has not been established by law or otherwise.