Family Division

Brevard County Seminole County

Brevard County Seminole County
Frequently Asked Questions Pertaining to Family Court
What is Family Court?
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. In Florida, the Supreme Court has recognized Unified Family Court as the best way to handle cases that involve children and families. The idea behind Unified Family Court (or UFC for short) is that a family should be able to have all of their disputes resolved in the most effective and efficient way possible. Since 1991, a series of Florida Supreme Court opinions have been instrumental in establishing UFC throughout the state.
What does Family Court have jurisdiction over?
  • dissolution of marriage
  • division & distribution of property arising out of dissolution of marriage
  • annulment
  • custodial care / access to children
  • adoption
  • support unconnected with dissolution of marriage
  • child support
  • paternity
  • declaratory judgment actions related to premarital, marital, or post marital agreements
  • name change
  • juvenile delinquency
  • emancipation of a minor
  • truancy
  • juvenile dependency
  • termination of parental rights
  • civil domestic & repeat violence
  • modifications and enforcement of orders