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Family Law Packets-Pro Se Litigants

In 1995 the Florida Supreme Court created several simplified forms and directions to assist those persons in family law court cases that do not have attorneys to represent them (pro se litigants). This information is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from an attorney; but for those persons who decide to proceed on their own in certain types of court actions, without an attorney, the forms can be very helpful.

Each of these packets contains all the forms necessary to file that specific type of court action, along with instructions on how to prepare them.

The Clerk of Circuit Court will answer questions for you to the best of their ability, but they are not attorneys and cannot give you legal advice.

Some assistance may be obtained from the following source;

Family Court-Self Help Program
Tenth Judicial Circuit
P.O. Box 9000
Drawer J139
Bartow, FL 33831
Telephone No: 1-800-780-5346 Ext. 4015

Below is the price list for Pro Se packets that can be purchased at the Hardee County Clerk of Courts, 417 W. Main St., Room 202, Wauchula, FL 33873.

If you request a packet be mailed, there will be an additional charge for postage. If you have any questions, you can contact the Hardee County Clerk of Courts at (863) 773-4174 ext 7224.

Price List for Pro Se Packets:Effective March 1, 2018

  Simplified Dissolution of Marriage 12.901(a) $11.40
  Dissolution with No Dependent/Minor Children 12.901(b)(3) $16.05
  Dissolution with Property/ No Dependents/Minor Children 12.901(b)(2) $18.15
  Dissolution with Property and/or Dependent/Minor Children 12.901(b)(1) $25.95
  Motion for Civil Contempt Enforcement 12.960 $5.70
  Petition for Modification of Child Support 12.905(b) $17.85
  Petition to Modify Parenting Plan/Timesharing and Other Relief 12.905(a) $17.85
  Petition to Determine Paternity and Related Relief 12.983(a) $21.60
  Petition for Change of Name (Minor Children) 12.982(c) $12.15
  Petition for Change of Name (Adult) 12.982(a) $6.15
  Petition for Change of Name (Family) 12.982(f) $7.65
  Joint Petition for Adoption of Child(ren) by Stepparent 12.981(c)(1) $14.10
  Petition for Temporary Custody of Minor Child 12.970 $13.05
  Dissolution of Marriage Filing Fee $408.00
  Determine Paternity Filing Fee $300.00
  Adoption, Name Change, Temporary Custody Filing Fee $400.00
  Issue Summons Fee $10.00
  Reopen Fee $50.00
  Sheriff's Fee (If required. Money order or cashier's check only.) $40.00

You may also find additional help and forms from the Florida Courts website

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