Family Law

General Information

The Family Law Department of the Clerk’s Office handles the following types of cases:

  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody
  • Dissolution of Marriage (divorce)
  • Emergency Pick Up
  • Name Change
  • Paternity

By Florida law, the Clerk’s Office is prohibited from giving legal advice.  The Family Law department is only empowered to accept the filing of your petition and/or forms and collecting filing and court fees.  If you have questions or need assistance in filing your petition or forms, please contact the 4th Judicial Circuit’s Family Court Services or an attorney prior to coming to the Clerk's Office.  You can also find additional resources that may be helpful at the bottom of this page.

Family Court Services

Family Court Services is a department of the 4th Judicial Circuit's Court Administration that provides assistance in filing a family law case.  Case Managers can assist in obtaining checklists of necessary items, providing access to various family law forms, and advising about case status and court date information.

Self Help Checklists can be found at Family Court Services Checklists

Self Help Forms can be found at

When you are ready to file documents into a family law case, you have three options:

  1. Electronically at the Statewide E-Filing Portal:
  2. In Person at two locations:
    • Duval County Courthouse: 501 W. Adams St, Jacksonville, FL 32202 - West Lobby Wing
    • Neptune Beach Branch: 1543 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

  3. By Mail to the following Address:
    • Duval County Clerk's Office
      Family Law Department
      501 W. Adams St
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

Acceptable Payment Methods

By Mail: Money Order or Cashier Checks only (no personal checks accepted)

In Person: Cash, Credit Card, Money Order or Cashier Checks

Electronic filing: Credit Card only

*Please note there is a 3.5% nonrefundable charge to process on all Credit/Debit card payments.

*All checks and money orders should be made out to the Duval Clerk of Court.

Name Change Fingerprint Information

Once a name change case has been filed with the Clerk of Courts, please contact the Sheriff's Office to schedule your fingerprint appointment.  There is a charge for fingerprinting with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office of $45.25.  The following ORI number will be required: FL92366OZ.

Once you receive your Fingerprint Card back from the Sheriff's Office, please bring it to the Clerk's Office for filing in your case.


Family Law - Fee Schedule

Administrative Fee (including Indigent)

*Required for all cases where a party is not represented by an attorney

Adoptions $443.00
Counter-Petition - Dissolution of Marriage $295.00
Custody Actions $401.00
Dissolution of Marriage $409.00

Simplified Dissolution of Marriage

*Both Spouses have to sign Petition

Foreign Judgments (Custody) $443.00
Foreign Judgments (Dissolution) $451.00
Foreign Judgment (Paternity) $343.00
Foreign Judgment (Support) $343.00
Name Change $401.00
Notice of Action (per issuance by Clerk) $10.00
Paternity Actions $301.00
Petition for Emergency Child Pick Up

$301.00 New Case

$50.00 Reopen

Petition to Establish Parental Responsibility, Time Sharing & Other Relief $301.00
Petition Superseding Child Support - Other Relief $301.00
Reopen Family Law or Civil Actions $50.00
Subpoena (per issuance by Clerk) $2.00
Summons (per party-issuance) $10.00


Additional Resources

Additional Resources

ADA Assistance or (904)255-1695
Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation or (904)255-1090
Bureau of Vital Statistics or (904)359-6900
Court Interpreters or (904)255-1010
CORE - Clerk Online Records E-portal or (904)255-2389
Duval County Clerk of Courts - Domestic Relations Depository (child support/alimony payment history and purge payments) (904)255-2121
Duval County Clerk of Courts - Official Records (for copies or certified copies of Orders) or (904)255-2025
Family Court Services or (904)255-1060
Family Nurturing Services or (904)389-4244
First Coast Behavior Solutions or 904-200-7979
Florida Department of Revenue
Hope Haven (Children First Parenting Class) or (904)346-5100
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office - Civil Process or (904)255-2470
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office - Public Records and Fees (fingerprint services) or (904)630-2220
LJD Jewish Family & Community Services or (904)394-5706
Our Family Wizard
State of Florida E-filing Portal
Talking Parents
Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.
Positive Development LLC - Positive Families-Parent Education and Family Stabilization Court or (904)516-0913

Family Law Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ's

You may file for a Dissolution of Marriage without an attorney. Self-help forms can be downloaded from Florida Courts Family Law Forms. You may wish to contact the 4th Judicial Circuit’s Family Court Services for assistance.

Section 61.19, Florida Statutes, states that no final judgment of dissolution may be entered until at least 20 days have elapsed from the date of filing the original petition. The Clerk’s Office cannot advise when a judge may enter an order in a particular case.

Yes, as long as you meet the residency requirement. Section 61.021 Florida Statutes states "To obtain a dissolution of marriage, one of the parties to the marriage must reside in the State of Florida for six months before the filing of the petition."

The Clerk’s Official Records and Research Department can assist.

Yes. The Legal Aid Service in Duval County is available by contacting:

  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aide (JALA)
    126 West Adams Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
    Phone: (904)356-8371

Yes. Parenting classes are available through:

  • Hope Haven Children's Clinic and Family Center
    4600 Beach Blvd.
    Jacksonville, FL 32207
    Phone: (904)346-5100

  • First Coast Behavior Solutions
    Phone: (904)346-5100

  • Jewish Family & Community Services
    Phone: (904)394-5865

You will be assigned a court date once all of your papers have been completed and filed. If you have served the other party via Summons, the Family Law Department must have the Original Summons and the Return of Service filed. The person that was served the documents has a total of 20 calendars days (excluding holidays) to respond to the court in writing. This 20 day period begins the day after the party is served and lasts until 5:00 p.m. on the 20th day. If that person does not respond within the time frame, you will need to file a Non-Military Affidavit and a Motion for Default with the court, and you will then be able to request a court date.

No one can help you fill out the forms except for an Attorney or Paralegal. If you have questions about which forms need to be filed, you may contact Family Court Services at (904) 255-1060.

All fees, including the filing fees, are non-refundable.

File a motion with the Court to appear by phone. That motion will be forwarded to the Judge who is hearing your case. The Court will issue an order either granting or denying your motion.

If you are unable to pay the filing fee(s) for the case, you may complete an Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status, available in the Family Law Department. There is no fee for the form. If you are determined to be indigent, the filing fee(s) will be waived. However, the $12.00 administration fee is still applied.

Name Change FAQ's

  • You must file a Petition for Change of Name (Minors, Adult or Family)
  • You may choose to hire an attorney.
  • You must pay a filling fee; see the Fees section, above, for the current amount.
  • Before the final court hearing, you are required to include a set of fingerprints taken by an authorized provider, which will then be used for a criminal history background check.

No. All names can be changed by completing one form. This should be completed as part of your case.


Paternity FAQ's

You must file a petition to ask the court to establish paternity, a parenting plan, time-sharing schedule and/or support of a minor child. You may purchase the forms at any Clerk's office. Please contact us at the number below for more information.

Office Information

Family Law Department

Office Hours

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays): 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Mailing Address

Duval County Clerk of Courts


501 West Adams Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202


(904) 255-2000

Contact the Family Law department

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Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.