Friday, June 2, 2023

Judicial Section Details

Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos

  • Division: Circuit Family
  • Section: FC 17
  • Court Location: Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse
  • Address: 175 N.W. 1st AVE Miami, FL 33128
  • Phone: (305) 349-5729
  • Room: CHC 2222
  • Judicial Assistant: Iellamo, Gippcy

Judicial Assignment History

Circuit Judge: Circuit Family Division


You can search online for the  ZOOM Information for your hearing at:



If you need to reach Chambers, email is the most efficient method. Inquiries may be directed to the Judicial Assistant at 11thFC17@jud11.flcourts.org.

Please be aware that due to growing concerns about the safety of our community and the spread of the Coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse is closed to the public, except on mission critical matters. 

However, our divisions remain open. The Judge and his/her staff are working and available.   We are addressing matters remotely via phone conferences and/or COURTMAP and ZOOM. 

It is important that
ALL ATTORNEYS AND SELF REPRESENTED LITIGANTS MUST SIGN UP FOR AN ACCOUNT AT FLORIDA COURTS E-FILING PORTAL AT https://www.myflcourtaccess.com/for filing pleadings or motions with the clerk, AND

Sign up for COURTMAP at https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Programs-and-Services/Online-Services/
for submitting emergency motions and proposed orders to your assigned Judge

The Judges will be using the ZOOM platform for hearings.  It is FREE.  If you are unfamiliar with the Zoom platform, please go to the ZOOM training page website to learn how to access the platform for use.   

Zoom training page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials
Zoom Live Training page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360029527911

We ask you to assist us by learning how to utilize ZOOM and your patience with us as we learn along with you.  We are committed to the continued delivery of justice in the face of this pandemic.

Please refer to the drop-down boxes to the right of the screen for clear instructions on how to proceed for specific types of calendars.

  • Motion Calendar
  • UCD Calendar
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Special Sets
  • Proposed Orders
  • Notices for Trial

Type: Closed

Notice Before Hearing: 5 Business Days

Files at Hearing: None

Tuesday9:30 AM2510/07/21 

Judge Fernandez-Karavetsos handles all Uncontested Dissolution of Marriage, Uncontested Paternity, Uncontested Temporary Custody, and Change of Name hearings administratively. This means you ARE NOT required to be present when the dissolution is entered.

Once your case is resolved, on COURTMAP, Click on Special Sets- Uncontested Calendar for the Division/Judge to add your case on the UCD/RUCD calendar.


NOTE: You will not receive a Zoom link for this calendar as all UCD orders are Administrative and processed without a hearing.
Once your case is resolved, on COURTMAP, Click on Uncontested Calendar for the Division/Judge and follow the steps below. 

Please be sure to attach the following supporting documents with an e-file stamp: 
1. Petition or Counter Petition
2. Answer or Answer/Waiver 
3. Marital Settlement Agreement and/or Parenting Plan. 
4. If the Petition has been defaulted please attach the Order of Default.
5. A copy of the Petitioner's and/or Counter Petitioner’s Valid Driver's License, Florida State ID or Voter’s Registration card.  
6. Affidavit that MSA and/or PP in best interest of child, signed by both parties.   
7. Financial Affidavits
8. UCCJEA Affidavit
9. Special Affidavit for Remote Uncontested/No Hearing

Attorneys: Please send a proposed Final Judgment to the Judge via COURTMAP, including a cover letter advising the Judge that this is a proposed Final Judgement. You must submit a Proposed Final Judgement through CourtMAP under PROPOSED ORDERS. Please ensure any supporting documents including the driver's license is attached to the proposed final judgement under the "supporting documents" section. 

Self-Represented Litigants:  You will not have to appear in court. The Judge will prepare a final judgment  and you will receive a copy via CourtMAP. 

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