Unified Family Court

The Unified Family Court (UFC) Division has jurisdiction to handle related family law matters (Family, Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency, and Domestic Violence (DV) Injunction cases) in multiple parts of the court system (“crossover” cases).  In accordance with mandates issued by the Florida Supreme Court in May 2001 and January 2014, the Unified Family Court was established as a mechanism to provide a comprehensive, coordinated approach to handling complex related case matters, pursuant to the One Family, One Judge Model, with the overall purpose of promoting judicial economy, ensuring consistent rulings, and eliminating duplication of resources. A matter may qualify for transfer into the UFC Division when two or more open related cases involving any of the same parties, children, or issues, are pending simultaneously in the Family, Juvenile, and/or Domestic Violence Divisions.

Programs and Services

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Family Court Services

Family Court Services helps parents resolve issues together and also makes referrals to needed community services.
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Family Court Self Help Program

The purpose of a self-help program is to assist self represented litigants, within the bounds of this rule, to achieve fair and efficient resolution of their family law case.
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Social Investigation Program

This Unit coordinates, monitors and assigns cases to consultants who perform home studies/social investigations and make recommendations.
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Child Support Enforcement

Child Support Enforcement Division helps when a parent or guardian has custody of a child and the other parent does not provide financial support.
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Parenting Coordinators

Parenting Coordinators are court-ordered to high conflict cases to help parties create parenting plans and resolve child-related disputes.
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Marchman Petition

Provides the means for an individual to receive voluntary or involuntary treatment for substance abuse.
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Divorce Education Program For Parents & Children

This required program by the courts helps parents and their children adjust with the changes that come with divorce.
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Court Care

Court Care provides a safe and supervised drop-in childcare facility for children who must be in court in connection with matters involving the children or their parents or guardian.
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Domestic Violence Intake Unit

Operated through the joint efforts of the Clerk of Courts (COC) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) Advocacy unit, the Intake Unit is comprised of intake counselors and support staff dedicated to providing efficient and responsive services to the court and the community.
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Department of Translation and Interpretation

Court Interpreters interpret and translate verbal and written communications from a non-English to English language in court proceedings.
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Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team

Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team goal is to more fully understand the dynamics of domestic violence-related and child deaths through multi-disciplinary review, develop inter-system policies and protocols geared towards prevention, and thereby reduce future fatalities.
 
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Children in Need of Service

Family Court Services helps parents resolve issues together and also makes referrals to needed community services.