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Family Law Court is the area dealing with family relations which includes: dissolution of marriage (divorce), adoption, paternity, name change, custody, child support, and protective injunctions.
The Florida State Disbursement Unit (FLSDU) was established by the State of Florida for central receipt processing. Support payments throughout Florida are sent to one central address in Tallahassee. A database of information from each county in Florida is maintained at this central location. The payment information is then electronically transmitted back to the individual county where the Clerk & Comptroller's official payment record is updated to reflect the date and amount paid.
The following case types are processed by the Florida State Disbursement Unit:
You may contact the Florida State Disbursement Unit by:
The following information is needed to process support payments through the Florida State Disbursement Unit?
Payments should be mailed to the State Disbursement Unit, P.O. Box 8500, Tallahassee, FL 32314-8500
It is recommended that you contact the Florida Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Unit at (850) 488-KIDS (5437) for assistance in collecting court ordered support OR you may contact a private attorney.
The Clerk & Comptroller is not involved in the enforcement process for individuals not paying the court ordered amounts. The Clerk's role is receipting, disbursing, and maintaining payment records.
You must notify the Clerk & Comptroller's Office in writing of any address changes. There is a Change of Address form that can be completed, or you may use your own form/paper. The change of address request should include the following information:
The request can be filed with Clerk & Comptroller's office by mail or in person at one of our Court Operations locations.
The Clerk & Comptroller's office contains a Legal Resource Center which offers several Family Law Packets. These packets can be purchased at one of our Legal Resource Centers in person, or you may visit the Legal Resource Center Civil/Family Law Forms web page to view and print the forms.
You may also visit the Florida State Courts website or the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court's website for locally approved forms and other general information.
A Regular Dissolution of Marriage case is filed if:
A Simplified Dissolution of Marriage case may be filed if:
You may visit the Florida Department of Children and Families website for a listing of approved course providers in the state of Florida.
Florida Statutes 63.053 and 63.054 provides an "unmarried biological father" the opportunity to assert his claim of paternity by filing the Florida Putative Father Registry Claim of Paternity form. You may visit the Florida Department of Health's website for more information on the Florida Putative Father Registry.
The Unified Family Court Program (UFC) is a special grant funded project in the Pasco County Court System dedicated to the proposition of one family, one judge, and one courthouse location. Case types included in this program include: child support, delinquency, dependency, dissolution of marriage, domestic violence, and paternity. A family whose members are involved in any of these case types are eligible for reassignment to the Unified Family Court Program. Once assigned, they are guaranteed that all their family law related cases will be managed by a UFC judge.
You may complete and file an Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status with the Clerk & Comptroller, Civil Department. If found indigent, the filing fee will be waived. If you are found not indigent, you may enter into a Payment Plan Contract. The Payment Plan Contract allows you to pay the filing fee in smaller, monthly payments. A service fee of $25 will be added upon the entrance of the Payment Plan Contract.