FX Divisional News

Division Updates

NEW Requirements under Local Rule No. 4, applicable to all Uniform Motion Calendar and Special Set Hearings in the 15th Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County), which was amended on 07/18/17. 

All counsel, including coverage counsel, shall make a good faith attempt at resolving the issues by telephone or in person prior to setting a hearing.

All Notices of Hearing scheduled on the Uniform Motion Calendar and Orders Specially Setting Hearing shall set forth exact certifications as required by Local Rule No. 4 and mark the specific certifications that apply to the good faith attempt to resolve.

NEW Requirements for Special Set Hearings (Family Division "FX")

Administrative Order 5.212 (Order to Attend Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course, and to File Financial Disclosure and Child Support Guideline Worksheet in Paternity and Dissolution of Marriage Cases with Minor Children)

Prior to a hearing on an uncontested dissolution of marriage involving minor children or parental responsibility, a Certificate of Attendance must be presented from the parties to the Court upon the parties' completion of a Parent Education Course approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and upon filing same with the Clerk of Court.

Ex parte Probate Case Request Application

Counsel bringing Ex Parte matters for hearing are required to check-in with the Ex Parte Clerk prior to appearing before the Court on the Court's Ex Parte Calendar.

Administrative Order 6.310 (Professional Guardianship Registry and Appointment of Professional Guardianship)

Prior to an appointment of a Guardian, all proposed guardian individuals are required to submit to a level 2 criminal check and a credit check. Section 744.3135 Florida Statutes.

Division News

CLICK HERE for Division Instructions (Family Division "FX" and Probate and Guardianship Division "IY")

Judge Goodman reviews all motions, memoranda law, and legal authority prior to all UMC and Special Set Hearings. Accordingly, please e-mail courtesy copies of materials for UMC and Special Set Hearings to the Court for review at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. Material in excess of ten (10) pages shall be mailed and not e-mailed.

If You Send a Courier To Court to drop off material, please be advised that the Court does not allow hand-to-hand deliveries and such material will need to be dropped in the Judges' box in the main lobby. Further, please note that "what does not fit in the box" (e.g. large binders, thick bound material, etc.) will have to be returned by the Courier Service to the Sender and sent by mail. This is strictly enforced.

For ALL Uniform Motion Calendar Hearings: Please send courtesy copies of UMC Motions and Notices of Hearing to either CAD-DivisionFX@pbcgov.org (for family matters) or CAD-DivisionIY@pbcgov.org (for probate and guardianship matters) in advance of all UMC hearings.

Strict Compliance with Amended LOCAL RULE 4. Prior to setting a matter on the motion calendar, the party or counsel noticing the motion shall attempt to resolve the matter and shall certify the good faith attempt to resolve.

All recorded documents must provide a blank 3-inch x 3-inch space on the top right of the first page and a blank 1-inch x 3-inch space on the top of the right of all subsequent pages. The Clerk of Court will not accept documents for recording without this format in place. See Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.520. See Also MyPalmBeachClerk.com. Reference: List of Recorded Documents.

Attention Self-Represented Parties ("Pro Se")

If you are a self-represented pro se party (with no attorney representation) in a case assigned to Division "FX", you must talk with a Family Case Manager: Lisset Pino (561) 330-1775 or Erika Ireland (561) 330-1829 to assist you, to answer your questions and/or to obtain guidance on your case.

If you have a question of a legal nature or questions concerning how to proceed in a case, it is suggested that you contact the Self-Service Center at (561) 355-7048 or visit the Self-Service Center located at the South Palm Beach County Courthouse, 1st floor, to guide you through the courts and to provide you with resources necessary to represent yourself. You may also contact The Florida Bar or the Palm Beach County Bar Association for Lawyer Referral or Information Services. For questions on court costs and filings, please contact the Clerk's office at (561) 355-2986 (Probate & Guardianship Division) or (561) 355-6511 (Family Division), or visit the Law Library at the South Palm Beach County Courthouse, 2nd floor. 

The Court does not consider individual correspondence, letters or notes. The Court only acts on Petitions or Motions properly filed with the Clerk of Court. Please file the appropriate petition or motion, and send a copy to the opposing side with a courtesy copy mailed to the Court. All documents mailed to the Court must include a certificate of service and be copied to all opposing counsel and parties or it will be returned as "ex parte communication".

If you decide to represent yourself, the Court expects you and all parties to act in accordance with local rules and procedures governing the courts within the State of Florida.

Obtaining Hearing Dates

When obtaining dates for hearings, the moving party is required to coordinate all proposed dates with opposing counsel and pro se parties. Do not notice a hearing until the agreed date and time has been agreed among all parties and confirmed with the judicial assistant directly for setting to calendar.


All exhibits must be pre-marked and provided on the first day of trial. The exhibits must be numbered sequentially. Any exhibit which states "all", "any", and "any/all" will not be accepted. See Exhibit Requirements. See also MyPalmBeachClerk.com