Family Court Case Management

Self Representation for Family Court Cases

Family Case Checklist


*** REMINDER ***

Before submitting a Request for Hearing Form, you must file and complete all required documents on the corresponding checklist with the Clerk of the Court.


FAMILY LAW FORMS

To help the many litigants who file cases in family courts who are not represented by an attorney (self-represented litigants), and to improve the response of the courts to the self-represented litigants, the Florida Supreme Court has adopted standardized family law forms that can be used by the self-represented litigants to process their family law case. The court adopted forms are identified as Florida Family Law Rules and Procedure Forms, or Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms.

CHECKLIST INSTRUCTIONS

  • This Checklist shall be filed in the court file, and must be completed in order for the case to proceed to a final hearing. Completion of the Checklist includes the filing of all required documents and forms listed on the Checklist, and indicating their respective dates of filing.
  • All pleadings/forms filed with the Court must be completely filled out. Do not leave anything on the pleadings/forms blank. If a provision does not apply to your case, put “N/A” for “Not Applicable.” Failure to completely fill out all pleadings/forms will constitute a deficiency in the documents required to obtain a final hearing and may result in a delay in the proceedings.
  • The Checklist lists the minimum requirements may not be all-inclusive for every case. If you have any questions or concerns about your case, you should consult an attorney. The Checklist and instructions provided herein should not be substituted for legal advice from an attorney.
  • All self-represented litigants shall register their email or make use of the portal: https://www.myflcourtaccess.com/default.aspx
  • Upon completion and filing of the Checklist, please submit a Request for Hearing or Other Action form below. Failure to complete the Request for Hearing or Other Action form will result in a delay in the proceeding of your case.

CHECKLISTS

Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

  • Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren) (Checklist)MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon
  • Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon
  • Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with No Dependent or Minor Child(ren) and No Property (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon

Paternity

  • Petition to Determine Paternity and for Related Relief (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon

Supplemental Petition for Modification

  • Supplemental Petition to Modify Parental Responsibility, Visitation or Parenting Plan/Time-Sharing schedule and Other Relief or Supplemental Petition for Modification of Child Support (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon
  • Supplemental Petition for Modification of Alimony (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon
  • Supplemental Petition to Permit Relocation with Minor Child(ren) (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon

Petition for Temporary or Concurrent Custody by Extended Family

  • Petition for Temporary or Concurrent Custody by Extended Family (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon

Name Changes

  • Adult Name Change (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon
  • Minor Child(ren) Name Change (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon
  • Family Name Change (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon

Adoptions

  • Adult Adoption (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon
  • Adoption of Minor Child(ren) (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon

Motion for Contempt

  • Motion for Contempt  PDF Download of 12.960 Word Download of 12.960

Diligent Search

  • Affidavit of Diligent Search and Service by Publication (Checklist) MS Word IconAdobe PDF Icon

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