Unified Family Court
The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, in compliance with the Florida Supreme Court directive, created a Unified Family Court. Its mission statement is as follows:
Unified Family Court is a fully integrated, comprehensive approach to handling all cases involving children and families, while at the same time resolving family disputes in a fair, timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.
Pursuant to Administrative Order 5.101 , the Unified Family Court of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit includes the following case types: dissolution of marriage; division and distribution of property arising out of a dissolution of marriage; annulment; support unconnected with dissolution of marriage; paternity; child support; URESA/UIFSA; custodial care of and access to children; adoption; name change; declaratory judgment actions related to premarital, marital, or post marital agreements; civil domestic, repeat, sexual and dating violence injunctions; juvenile dependency; termination of parental rights; emancipation of a minor; CINS/FINS; truancy; modification and enforcement of orders entered in these cases; juvenile delinquency; criminal domestic violence; all mental health and guardianship cases, including but not limited to Petition for Determination of Incapacity and Petition for Appointment of Guardian; Marchman Act; and Baker Act.