Jacksonville, Florida Family Law Resources
Jacksonville, Florida Family Law Resources
The following links are provided by Elizabeth R. Ondriezek, P.A. for the benefit of individuals and families in Jacksonville and throughout Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties who are seeking information about and help with various family law matters, including divorce, child support, juvenile dependency, adoption and more. If you need legal advice or representation in a specific Florida family law matter, please contact our office for assistance.
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) provides a host of social services to Florida children and families, including foster care placement, agency adoption, and child welfare dependency hearings.
Whenever DCF goes to court to potentially remove a child from his or her home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment, the judge appoints the Guardian Ad Litem program, which in turn appoints a volunteer guardian ad litem to appear in court on behalf of the child and make sure the child’s best interests are represented. Visit Guardian ad Litem.org to learn more about the program.
The Florida Department of Revenue provides information on child support, including a link to a Florida Child Support Calculator you can use to get an estimate of what the child support amount may be in your particular case.
At the federal level, the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) works with federal, state, tribal and local governments to promote parental responsibility and assist families needing help with child support enforcement. OCSE also operates the Federal Parent Locator Service to help state and local child support agencies locate case participants.
The Florida Bar Association publishes a series of informative pamphlets for the public on various legal topics, including several family law matters. Click to download pamphlets on Adoption in Florida, Divorce in Florida, or Parenting and Divorce.
The Jacksonville Bar Association, in conjunction with the Duval County Family Court Services program and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, offers free legal clinics on family law topics. A Modification of Final Judgment Clinic and the Dissolution of Marriage (divorce) Clinic are offered monthly at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville. Anyone involved in a dissolution of marriage or modification of final judgment/order action in the Fourth Judicial Circuit may attend. The Fourth Judicial Circuit hears family law matters in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties. Contact Family Court Services for current times and locations.
Visit the Nassau County Clerk of Court for divorce information, including filing fees and a list of approved providers for the parenting class required in dissolution of marriage cases involving minor children.
The Clay County Clerk of Court offers many family law services and information online, including marriage, divorce, domestic violence, and visitation guidelines. The court also offers information on child support, including a driver’s license suspension program to enforce payment of child support.
Quigley House is a comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault center providing crisis intervention, temporary shelter, protection and counseling in the Clay County Area. Their 24-hour hotline can be reached at (904) 284-0061 or toll-free at 1-800-339-5017.
Betty Griffin House is a center located in St. Johns County providing a safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and/or rape, sexual assault recovery services, counseling, support groups, programs for children affected by domestic violence, and legal assistance. Their 24-hour hotline can be reached at (904) 824-5555.
Hubbard House is a domestic violence center serving Duval County and Baker County. The center provides emergency shelter for individuals and families, safety planning, crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, batterer intervention, and assistance with life management, housing, and locating employment. Their 24-hour hotline can be reached at (904) 354-3114 or toll-free at 1-800-500-1119.
Micah’s Place is a center located in Nassau County providing temporary shelter, counseling, youth programs, support groups, safety planning, transportation, education regarding dating violence and prevention, and legal advocacy. Their 24-hour hotline can be reached at (904) 225-9979 or toll-free at 1-800-500-1119.