FAMILY LAW FORMS, COMMENTARY, AND INSTRUCTIONS GENERAL INFORMATION FOR SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANTS (12/10)
You should read this General Information thoroughly before taking any other steps to file your case or represent yourself in court.
Most of this information is not repeated in the attached forms. This information should provide you with an overview of the court system,
its participants, and its processes. It should be useful whether you want to represent yourself in a pending matter or have a better understanding of the way family court works. This is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from an attorney. Each case has its own particular set of circumstances, and an attorney may advise you of what is best for you in your individual situation."
These instructions are not the only place that you can get information about how
a family case works. You may want to
look at other books for more help. The Florida Statutes, Florida Family Law
Rules of Procedure, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, and other legal
information or books may be found at the public library or in a law library at
your county courthouse or a law school in your area. If you are filing a petition for Name Change and/or Adoption, these instructions may not apply."
If the word(s) is printed in bold, this means that the word is being
emphasized. Throughout these instructions, you will also find words printed in
bold and underlined.
This means that the definitions of these words may be found in the glossary of
common family law terms at the end of this general information section.