FL Parental Responsibility Resources and Support

Don't go through the parental responsibility process on your own. Even if you can't afford an attorney, you have plenty of places to turn for support.

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In-depth guides

Use the following guides to shepherd you and your family through the various aspects of parental responsibility and time-sharing.

Court resources

The Florida family court system offers several tool kits to help parents understand its processes. In addition, each county has a website and office devoted to assisting parents who are representing themselves (called pro se litigants).

Below, find links to the family court self-help websites for the biggest counties in Florida. Check the family court self-help website for links to other counties.

Miami-Dade Broward
Palm Beach Hillsborough
Orange Pinellas
Duval Lee
Polk Brevard

Your county may also have a pro se coordinator, family law case manager or court clerk who will assist you with filing paperwork, scheduling court proceedings and tackling other administrative issues. They cannot offer legal advice.

The state of Florida also has a family court app that provides links to various state websites.

Legal aid services

Parents who can't afford to hire an attorney may be able to get free representation through their local legal aid office. You must meet the income eligibility requirements, which vary by county and situation. Many legal aid lawyers are multilingual and have expertise in special circumstances that may affect your case.

Below are links to the legal aid offices for the biggest counties in Florida. Check the family court legal aid website if your county isn't listed.

Miami-Dade Broward
Palm Beach Hillsborough
Orange Pinellas
Duval Lee
Polk Brevard
Required parenting course

All parents involved in responsibility and time-sharing cases are required to complete a state-approved Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course.

The four-hour course (which you do not have to take with the other parent) offers information on the family court process, child support, co-parenting and the effects of divorce and separation on children. It doesn't provide legal advice or counseling.

Anything you say during the course is confidential.

Parenting coordination

Parenting coordinators are child-focused family experts who help parents implement parenting plans. They facilitate communication, monitor plan compliance for the court, help resolve parenting conflicts and work to ensure strong parent–child relationships.

Judges may order parenting coordination when a case has significant conflict or special circumstances. Parents can also request parenting coordination, and often have to explain the reason for their request in a hearing.

Unless a fee waiver is granted, parents must pay the coordinator's fees. Depending on their incomes, they may be allowed to use a court-provided coordinator for a reduced rate. Court-provided coordination fees vary by county, while private coordinators typically charge between $150 and $300 per hour.

Court-provided parenting coordinators are assigned on a rotating basis without parents' input. When hiring a private coordinator, parents (through their lawyers) must agree on a coordinator, otherwise the judge appoints one.

Our professional sources

For more help, consider reaching out to one of our professional sources. The professionals below provided expertise for this guide to parental responsibility and time-sharing in Florida, and we hope they can help you, too.

Brodzki Jacobs & Associates, P.L.
Nancy Brodzki, Attorney at Law
Coral Springs, FL

Cleaveland & Cleaveland, P.L.
Nancy Cleaveland, Attorney at Law
Jacksonville, FL

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
Sally Burgos, Attorney at Law
Inverness, FL

The Florida Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program
Claud B. Nelson III, Attorney at Law
Director, Pro Bono Program
Maitland, FL

Law Office of Lobb & Mohr
William J. Lobb, Attorney at Law
Bartow, FL

Law Offices of Russell D. Knight
Russell D. Knight, Attorney at Law
Naples, FL

Nicole L. Goetz Family Law & Appeals
Nicole Goetz, Attorney at Law
Toni Boettcher, Attorney at Law
Naples, FL

Psychological Center for Expert Evaluations, Inc
Dr. Kristin Tolbert, Psychologist
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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