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.

Cover Sheet for Family Court Cases and Instructions - Form 12.928


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; free navigator assistance with form preparation and more.

Some free family law forms are available at 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.

Resources for Attorneys and Other Legal Professionals

It is important to include your name, address and telephone number on every document you file with the court.


Adoption

Guidelines for filing a Petition For Adoption.


Child Support

Information on child support payments and enforcement.


Divorce

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.


Juvenile

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.


Paternity

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.

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