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Office of Court Improvement

NEW

Florida Dependency Court Information System (FDCIS)
FDCIS is a web-based case management system that assists judges, magistrates, and court staff with meeting federal and state mandates for dependency cases. FDCIS organizes court processes and informs practice, with the goal of achieving positive outcomes for Florida’s abused and neglected children. The system presents data in an easy-to-read fashion, organizes workload, and provides individual case information as well as aggregate caseload, county, circuit, and statewide information.

For more information about the Florida Dependency Court Information System contact: George Roberts, robertsg@flcourts.org

If you have a family law related issue please contact self-help, selfhelp@flcourts.org

VIRTUAL COURT ON-LINE TRAINING
Domestic Violence and Dependency Court Online Training site

Visit the new virtual court online training site designed to introduce judges and court staff to issues and challenges that typically arise in civil domestic violence cases.
Go to: http://virtualcourt.flcourts.org/ now!

The Office of Court Improvement

The Office of Court Improvement (OCI) is a division of the Office of the State Courts Administrator within the Supreme Court of Florida. The OCI develops and assists with the implementation of court practices and programs which are designed to enhance and improve Florida's family and problem solving courts (delinquency, dependency, domestic relations, domestic violence, child support and drugs courts). The OCI also provides technical assistance to judges and court staff, assists with the creation and revision of Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms, staffs committees, and analyzes legislation that may affect the courts.

Unified Family Court is a fully integrated, comprehensive approach to handling all cases involving children and families, while at the same time resolving family disputes in a fair, timely, efficient, and cost effective manner.

Family Court can mean different things to different people. In Florida, the Supreme Court has recognized Unified Family Court as the best way to handle cases that involve children and families. The idea behind Unified Family Court (or UFC for short) is that a family should be able to have all of their disputes resolved in the most effective and efficient way possible. Since 1991, a series of Florida Supreme Court opinions have been instrumental in establishing UFC throughout the state. Click the links below to view the full versions of the opinions.

In re: Report of the Commission on Family Courts, 588 So. 2d 586 (Fla. 1991)(“Family Courts I”)

In re: Report of the Commission on Family Courts, 633 So. 2d 14, 16 (Fla. 1994)(“Family Courts II”)

In re: Report of the Commission on Family Courts, 646 So. 2d 178, 179 (Fla. 1994)(“Family Courts III”)

In re: Report of the Family Court Steering Committee, 794 So. 2d 518 (Fla. 2001)(“Family Courts IV”)

See the list below for for the types of cases that comprise UFC.

Family Court Jurisdiction:

  • dissolution of marriage
  • division & distribution of property arising out of dissolution of marriage
  • annulment
  • custodial care / access to children
  • adoption
  • support unconnected with dissolution of marriage
  • child support
  • paternity
  • URESA / UIFSA
  • declaratory judgment actions related to premarital, marital, or post marital agreements
  • name change
  • juvenile delinquency
  • emancipation of a minor
  • CINS / FINS
  • truancy
  • juvenile dependency
  • termination of parental rights
  • civil domestic & repeat violence
  • modifications and enforcement of orders

For people who need assistance with their individual cases, please contact a local Self-Help Center or click here for more information.