Miami Family Court
Many people are confused over how the family court works. Some think that they can just show up to court with a complaint about a spouse, custody or a child support issue.
The most important thing is to understand that anything you want the family court to do for you it must start with a petition.
If you want to file for divorce, you will need a petition for a dissolution of marriage.
If you were never married but want visitation rights, you will need a petition to establish parental rights.
If you want to establish child support, then you will need to file a petition to establish child support.
How to file a petition in Miami Family Court
If you want to file any petition in the Miami Family court without an attorney you would need to obtain the forms directly from the Miami Family Court Self Help Program. Using the forms available for free at flcourts.gov may prove to be a big headache.
First challenge - knowing what court forms you will need. A petition is never enough, you will need supplementary documents such as notice of social security, financial affidavits, among others. Also, there are local forms that they use and are not available at flcourts.gov.
Second challenge - By not using their forms you will not have a customer number, which to them is like you do not exist.
Since you would need to get the documents approved by the Miami Family Court Self Help Program you will need to make an appointment prior to filing and obtaining a case number.
Third challenge - You will need to take time off from work on several occasions. First to pick up the forms, then to have someone help you complete them, then you need an appointment to return to the Miami Family Court Self Help Program (typically a month later) to get the forms approved and then file your case. If you are filing the petition with a summons for the other party to respond, then you will have to return 20 days after the other party was served. Then you will get a hearing date, or if you may be required to attend mediation prior to having a hearing, which will add at least 1 more day that you will need to return to court.
If all of these challenges sound like they are complicated and cumbersome, yes they are. That's why Documents Assist has made it their commitment and life's work to help people file their family court petitions using the Florida No-Court divorce when available and if it's not available they will do what they can to make a complicated process more doable.