In Pinellas County, there is a separate Family Law Division to handle all domestic violence restraining orders, divorces, child support issues, parental responsibility/visitation issues, name changes, adoptions and all juvenile matters.
Most documents are in pdf format.
- What is a Parenting Plan?
- If you are an unrepresented litigant (pro se) please also check out the forms and information available on our “Representing Yourself in Family Court” page.
- Practice Requirements for the Clearwater General Magistrate
- How to Receive a Hearing before the St. Petersburg General Magistrate (for Self-Represented Parties)
- Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course Providers
(required by statute in any divorce with children case or any paternity case involving issues of parental responsibility)
- Pasco Only
Child Support Issues:
- Child Support Enforcement
The Court has ordered that the dependency court case involving you and your children be referred to mediation. Mediation is an opportunity for you, the parents, to make some decisions about you and your children instead of the Court.
Mediation is a process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. It is an informal process with the objective of helping you and the other party reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. The
decision making authority rests with the parties.
- Administrative Order 2011-006
- Affidavit Re: Objection to Referral to Family Mediator
- The Mediation Process, Family Law Cases
- Instructions for Automatic Referrals
- Affidavit of Income for Purposes of Establishing Mediation Fees
- Family Law Financial Affidavit Short Form (incomes < $50,000.00 per year)
- Family Law Financial Affidavit Long Form (incomes > $50,000.00 per year)
- Law Library
Telephone Numbers and Addresses:
Domestic Violence Issues:
- How can I keep my address confidential in a court case if I am in fear of domestic violence?
- Information Concerning Domestic and Repeat Violence Injunctions
- Non-primary residential parent visitation schedule
- In Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement cases, why is visitation not ordered at the same time I am ordered to pay child support and what do I have to do to obtain visitation?
- Visitation Dos and Don’ts
- Family Partnerships Visitation Center
- Pointers for Service by Publication or Posting in Divorce Actions
- Family Law Forms
- CASA Website
- The Haven of RCS Website
Links to other useful information:
- Pinellas/Pasco links
- Florida Courts Help App.
- Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement
- Florida State Courts
- Pinellas County Clerk of Court
Unified Family Court
The Sixth Judicial Circuit Unified Family Court in Pinellas County is made up of 4 Judges, one General Magistrate, a behavioral evaluations program, and a juvenile arbitration program. All juvenile delinquency cases are heard in the Unified Family Court, as well as all dependency cases, all adoptions of minors other than stepparent or relative adoptions, all termination of parental rights, all section 751 temporary custody cases, all judicial waiver of parental notice of termination of pregnancy cases, all removal of disabilities of nonage and other family cases (dissolution, paternity, domestic violence etc…) that have an underlying pending case being heard in the Unified Family Court. The Unified Family Court looks to coordinate multiple cases involving the same family and have them all heard before the same judge. The Unified Family Court is located at the Pinellas County Justice Center 14250 49th Street North in Clearwater.
Please direct inquiries to:
Unified Family Court
Debra Leiman, Staff Director
14250 49th Street North