Offices Closed for All In-Person, Non-Essential Services
Our offices are closed for non-essential, in-person services. Clerks will continue to serve customers in person who have essential business with the courts, as outlined in Administrative Order 12.510, including:
- Injunctions for cases of domestic violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, stalking or prevention of child abuse
- Marchman and Baker Act proceedings
- Judicial waivers
Representing Yourself in Court? Register to E-File or Mail in Documents
If you are representing yourself in court, you can choose to file documents electronically or by mail. Registering for the E-Filing portal allows you to file documents and pleadings online, as well as receive electronic communications from the courts about your cases. Learn how to get starting using the E-Filing portal, or see instructions for mailing documents to be filed.
Attorneys are required to E-File.
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.
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.
It is important to include your name, address and telephone number on every document you file with the court.
Suggestion of Bankruptcy
When filing a Suggestion of Bankruptcy over the counter, a Notice of Filing must be included.
Guidelines for filing a Petition For Adoption.
Information on child support payments and enforcement.
- Make Child Support Payments Online
- Child Support Enforcement Information (Florida Department of Revenue)
Information about petitions for dissolution of marriage.
- Prepare Divorce Forms Online
- Parent Education & Family Stabilization Course Provider List (Florida Department of Children & Families)
Information about Injunctions for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence or Sexual Violence.
This office handles juvenile delinquency cases (violations of criminal law) and juvenile dependency cases (cases of child abuse, neglect or abandonment).
Information about mental health case types such as Baker Act, Marchman Act, Adult Protective Services Act and more.
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.