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 pdf, 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Forms and Orders

  Local Family Division Forms and Orders
  Florida Supreme Court Forms and Orders
  Self Help Center for Self Represented Litigants

Program Links & Additional Information

  Family Case Inquiry
  Unified Family Court Case Management
  FLAG (Family Law Advisory Group)
  Alternative Dispute Resolution
  Domestic Violence
pdf.png Parent Education Course List by Circuit
  Florida Bar
  Palm Beach County Bar Association
  Florida Department of Children and Families
  Florida Department of Revenue and Child Support Enforcement
  Palm Beach County Family Law Practice Committee
  Request for photocopy or certified copy of documents, final judgments or orders
  Service by Publication Information Sheet and Court's Minimum Requirements


  Income Withholding Order Requirements and related resources
  Order to Attend Parenting Class and File Financial Disclosure Requirements