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Online Resources Covering Florida Family Law Topics

At the Law Offices of Sean Smallwood, P.A. in Orlando, we’re passionate about helping people through divorce, paternity issues, and other Florida family law matters. Often, the first step to addressing and resolving a family-related legal conflict is to become more informed about the legal issue you’re facing, whether that’s familiarizing yourself with some forms or reading the law, itself. To get you started, we’ve complied this list of online resources covering Florida family law topics. For advice regarding your specific concern, please contact our family law office in Orlando to schedule a consultation with an experienced Florida family law attorney.

Chapter 61 of the Florida Statutes (covering Dissolution of Marriage, Support, and Custody) – You can read the entire Florida state law outlining the requirements for divorce, support, and child custody online. Familiarizing yourself with the law can help prepare you for the divorce process.

The Florida Bar Consumer Pamphlet: Divorce in Florida – The Florida Bar offers a very informative pamphlet covering divorce topics such as parenting plan considerations, division of assets and debts, alimony, tax considerations, child support, restoration of former name, and more.

Florida Family Law Self-Help Information – The Florida State Courts provide up-to-date family law forms pertaining to many family law situations—including adoption, time-sharing, paternity, and much more—that you can read and view online. The information provided isn’t legal advice, so you should still talk to a family law attorney before filing any legal forms.

Orange County Clerk’s Office Family Law Information – This page provides information on family law cases filed through the Orange County Clerk’s Office, such as adoption, divorce, name changes, and paternity. It also lists the current filing fees for bringing these matters before the court.

Florida Child Support Services – The Florida Department of Revenue administers the state’s Child Support Program for establishing, enforcing, and changing child support orders, as well proving paternity for purposes of child support.

Florida Department of Children and Families – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) website offers a wealth of information on parenting, child safety, child care, and other issues regarding child welfare. You can also request public records from DCF.

Information on the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course – A Parenting Course—sometimes called “Divorce Class”—is required by the state of Florida for parents to obtain a divorce when there are children involved. This website provides information on one course approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), as well as general information on what’s covered in a Florida divorce class.

Mediation in Florida – If you’re considering mediation to settle your divorce, this page provides a wealth of information on mediation in Florida, from answering the question “what is mediation?” to describing the mediation process.

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