The mission of the Family Court Services (FCS) is to provide self-represented (pro se) litigants with an accessible and coordinated means of resolving their family law cases in a fair and efficient manner and to provide assistance to the families and children involved in the court system by offering appropriate court-related services and linkages to community service providers.
A self-represented litigant is a person who decides to pursue or respond to a family law case without the assistance of a lawyer authorized to practice law before the court. A family law case is any case that is assigned to the family law division in a judicial circuit. The family law division has jurisdiction over dissolution of marriage, custody and visitation, child support, name change, paternity, adoption, delayed birth certificates and domestic violence matters.
The FCS assists self-represented litigants, and potential litigants, by:
- providing information about available court approved forms that may be used by the litigant;
- providing case information entered in the court file of the litigant;
- providing definitions of legal terminology from widely accepted legal dictionaries;
- providing general information about court process, practice, and procedures;
- scheduling family mediation sessions;
- providing information about required courses for divorcing parents;
- facilitating the setting of hearings;
- providing free notary services for approved forms;
- providing free legal clinics for self-represented litigants on dissolution of marriage and modification of a final judgment or order; and
- providing approved Local forms.
The FCS staff will assist litigants from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, on a 'walk-in' basis. Family Court Services offices are located in:
Room 309 Clay County Courthouse
825 North Orange Avenue
Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043
Room 2150, Duval County Courthouse
501 West Adams Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Nassau County Annex
76347 Veterans Way
Yulee, Florida 32034