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FAMILY COURT

Court proceedings involving divorce and other family law matters are often emotional and difficult times for all persons involved. It is highly advisable to consult with an attorney who will represent you and your interests.

If, however, you choose to represent yourself, Family Court Services can help you through the court process.

Family Court Services assists individuals who are representing themselves in family law matters. The program is established to provide service throughout the Twentieth Judicial Circuit which includes: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. The Self help program for Lee County is located in Fort Myers in the Lee County Justice Center. The Family Law Self-Help Program for Charlotte County is located in the Charlotte County Justice Center in Punta Gorda. The Family Law Self-Help Program for Collier County is located in the Collier County Government Complex in Naples. Satellite offices are located in the Hendry County Courthouse in LaBelle. The satellite offices are staffed on a part-time basis.

The Family Court Services staff provides access to the legal system, guidance in understanding court procedures, distribution of family law forms approved by the Supreme Court of Florida or the judges of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit and notary services.

Individuals are advised that the Family Court Services staff does not represent them in their case. Legal advice cannot be given.

AREAS AVAILABLE FOR ASSISTANCE
  • Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) with or without minor children/ property
  • Child support
  • Child Visitation
  • Response to Petitions
  • Subpoena for Production of Documents from non-party
  • Paternity
  • Child Custody
  • Child Name Changes
  • Motions
FAMILY COURT FORMS:

Family court forms packets are available for all of the above areas in the Family Court Office or you can download individual forms you need at either of the following websites:

Florida State Courts Family Court Forms

Turbo Court Online Court Forms

PARENTING CLASSES:

A "Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course" is required for all parties in a paternity case or dissolution of marriage case in which there are children. Click below to see a list of courses in the state of Florida approved by the Department of Children and Families for this purpose. Scroll down to the 20th Judicial Circuit to see the courses available in our area with a link to the website for course signup.

www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childwelfare/docs/ParentEducationAndFamilyStabilization.pdf

PARENTING COORDINATION:

In order to provide a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process, a parenting coordinator assists the parents in making a parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes between the parents by: [1] providing education, [2] making recommendations, and [3] making limited decisions within the scope of the court's order and parents' prior approval. The Parenting Coordinator Application Form and Training Standards may be found here: Parenting Coordinator Application Form and Training Standards

CONTACT INFORMATION

CHARLOTTE COUNTY FAMILY LAW SELF-HELP PROGRAM

No "walk-in" services are available. Appointments are made by Family Law Case Managers. A self-service Law Library is available during regular business hours, located on the ground floor of the Charlotte County Justice Center. A free Family Law Legal Clinic is presented periodically, to explain the court process and responsibilities of self represented litigants. A local Family Law attorney is available during the clinic to answer general legal questions. Flyers announcing the date/time of Legal Clinics are posted throughout the Charlotte Justice Center.

Phone: (941) 637-2399 or (941) 833-3064
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

GLADES & HENDRY COUNTIES

FAMILY LAW SELF-HELP PROGRAM is administered by Charlotte County Case Managers.

No "walk-in" services are available. Appointments are made by Family Law Case Managers.

Phone: (941) 637-2399 or (941) 833-3064
Fax: (941) 637-2283

MAILING ADDRESS:

FAMILY LAW SELF-HELP PROGRAM
Charlotte County Justice Center
350 E. Marion Ave., (2nd Floor)
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

LEE COUNTY

Phone: (239) 533-2747
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

COLLIER COUNTY

Phone: (239) 252-2603
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

 



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