Family Division

What are the filing fees for the Family Division?

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How are adoptions processed?

All adoptions are confidential cases. The filing fee for Adoptions is $442.00 in Cash, Credit Card (Visa and Master Card ONLY), Cashier Check or Money Order. This includes the Sealing fee. The Clerk's Office does not have any forms for a Petition of Adoption except Step-Parent Adoptions, which are sold in Room: 248 at the main courthouse. We suggest you research the Florida State Statutes located in the Law Library in the Broward County Courthouse. The Clerk's Office cannot give you any advice. You are responsible for preparing all necessary pleadings. If you are unable to proceed without assistance, we suggest you contact an attorney.

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How are Name Changes processed?

The filing fee for name change is $401.00 in Cash, Credit Card (Visa or Master Card ONLY), Cashier Check, or Money Order. No Personal Checks. The Clerk's Office sells forms for a petition for name change in Room 248 at the main courthouse. You may also obtain a copy of the type of form to use from the law books located in the Public Library or in the Law Library in the North Wing, First Floor of the County Courthouse. The Clerk's Office cannot give you any legal advice. You are responsible for preparing all necessary pleadings. If you are unable to proceed without assistance, we suggest you contact an attorney.

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How are Modifications of Final Judgment processed in Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) cases?

Please be advised that pursuant to Broward County Ordinance 91-14 Sec. 10-96(2), a service charge of $50.00 is required to be collected by the Clerk of Court for all requests for Modification of a Final Judgment in a Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) case.

If you are an attorney representing a Petitioner, you may submit the appropriate filing fee with your trust account check.

If you are a Petitioner seeking modification, without representation of an attorney, please submit the filing fee of $50.00, along with your request for modification. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLERK'S OFFICE CAN ONLY ACCEPT MONEY ORDERS MADE PAYABLE TO THE CLERK OF COURTS OR CASH IF PAID IN PERSON. NO PERSONAL CHECKS!!!!

Pursuant to Administrative Order II 95-F-5, upon the filing of a supplemental complaint or petition for modification, the Clerk is NO LONGER directed to open a new file. All modification proceedings filed with the Clerk shall retain the same modification case number assigned to the initial modification case and remain with the Family Court Division assigned thereto. If no modification file was previously opened, it shall be filed in the original action and remain with the original Family Court Division. If no Family Court Division was previously assigned, it shall be randomly assigned to a Family Court Division.

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How is a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) processed?

You may purchase a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) kit in Room 248 of the Central Courthouse, in Fort Lauderdale, if you meet the following requirements:

  • Both parties are in agreement.
  • One of the parties must be a resident of the State of Florida for six months. A witness is required to attest to this fact.
  • No dependent or minor children.
  • All debts and property have been settled between the parties.
  • Both parties must appear for the Final Hearing.
  • The witness may be present at the time of filing, or you may submit a notarized witness form available in your kit.
  • Parties must have photo ID at the time of filing, or the documents must be notarized.
  • The Court will set a date for the Final Hearing at the time of filing.

Please provide four (4) extra copies of your hearing form and two (2) self-addressed stamped envelopes for both Husband and Wife. You both will receive a copy of the Hearing Notice and date by mail. This date will be no sooner than twenty (20) days after the filing.

The filing fee is $409.00 in Cash or Money Order. The Clerk will not accept personal checks. If you do not meet the requirements for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce), you may obtain other Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) kits. These are sold in Room 248 at the main courthouse and in local bookstores or newsstands. The Clerk cannot assist you with these kits. You will be acting as your own attorney and must do all your own research, or you may obtain an attorney.

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What is the Pro Se Self Help Unit?

The Pro Se Self Help Unit, located in room 248 of the main courthouse, provides local and Florida Supreme Court approved Family Law Forms for a fee to those who choose to represent themselves or cannot afford an attorney.  Forms for divorce, paternity, custody/visitation, stepparent adoption, custody by extended family and other various forms may be purchased between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  The pro se self-help staff does not provide legal advice.

The Florida Supreme Court offers free access to the approved Family Law Forms at www.flcourts.org. Click on self-help, then Family Law Forms.

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