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Family Services

Location

Located in Room 136 on the first floor of the Indian River County Courthouse

772-770-5185

Hours - 8:30 - 4:30 

The Family Services Department handles:

  • adoptions

  • child support/alimony/paternity

  • dissolution of marriage

  • domestic, repeat, and dating violence

  • name changes

  • Baker, Marchman, Jimmy Ryce, and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act

Visit the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida for a review of the latest Family Division information from the Courts.

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Adoptions

Florida Statute 63.162

All adoptions are confidential. No information on any adoption will be released without a court order.

Child Support/Alimony

Florida Statutes, Chapter 61

In 1994 Florida Statutes created the State Disbursement Unit. Indian River County has contracted with the State Disbursement Unit (SDU) to collect and disburse all support, alimony, other maintenance and fees through the SDU.

If you wish to have child support payments deposited electronically into your checking or savings account and you have not contracted through the Department of Revenue (DOR) for child support enforcement, you may complete an application which may be obtained at our office.

If you pay child support, your support payments should be made directly to the State Disbursement Unit at P. O. Box 8500, Tallahassee, FL 32314-8500. On each payment include your name, case number, social security number and the county where you were court ordered to pay. 

Dissolution of Marriage

Florida Statutes, Chapter 61

Simplified Dissolution Requirements

Each of the following requirements must be met to file Simplified Dissolution of Marriage:

  1. The parties do not have minor children under 18 or dependent or adopted children.

  2. The wife is not pregnant.

  3. One of the parties, either husband or wife, must have lived in Florida for the past six months.

  4. Both parties have made provisions for the division of property and the payment of obligations and both parties are agreeable to the provisions.

  5. Both parties have signed the petition and all other papers needed to carry out this procedure and have paid the required fees to the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

  6. Both parties want to end the marriage because of irreconcilable differences.

  7. Both parties have agreed to use the simplified dissolution of marriage procedure instead of a regular dissolution of marriage procedure.

  8. Both parties understand that certain legal rights are waived because you have used the simplified dissolution of marriage.

  9. Both parties must sign the forms together in front of a Deputy Clerk.

  10. Both parties must appear before the judge together for the final hearing.

  11. Both parties must have proper identification at the time of filing (driver's license or identification with a signature).

Domestic, Repeat, and Dating Violence

Domestic Violence

Florida Statutes 741.28

Domestic Violence as defined in F.S. 741.28 - 741.31 means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family member or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit.

Any person defined in the above Florida Statute who is either a victim or has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of any act of violence may file a sworn petition for an injunction for protection against domestic violence. All petitions are filed at the Clerk of the Circuit Court Family Services Division.

Effective October 1, 2002 there is NO filing fee to file a petition for protection against domestic violence.

Repeat Violence

Florida Statute 784.046

Any person as defined in F.S. 784.046 who is a victim of repeat violence may file a sworn petition for an injunction for protection against repeat violence. Repeat Violence means two incidents of violence or stalking committed by the respondent, one of which must have been within 6 months of the filing of the petition, which are directed against the petitioner or the petitioner's immediate family member.

There is a filing fee (see fee schedule) plus a sheriff's service fee to file the petition. However, if you are unable to pay the required fee at the time of filing, a waiver of fees affidavit can be completed to temporarily waive these fees. A subsequent order of the Court will determine who will pay the fees.

Dating Violence

Florida Statute 784.046

Effective January 1, 2003

Any person who is a victim of dating violence may file a sworn petition for an injunction for protection against dating violence. Dating Violence means violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.

There is a filing fee (see fee schedule) plus a sheriff's service fee to file the petition. However, if you are unable to pay the required fee at the time of filing, a waiver of fees affidavit can be completed to temporarily waive these fees. A subsequent order of the Court will determine who will pay the fees.

Filing a Petition for Protection

If you wish to file a petition for protection, please bring the following with you (if available):

  • any police reports furnished to you by law enforcement;

  • your driver's license or identification that includes your picture and signature;

  • a mailing address if you wish to keep your address confidential as provided by law;

  • the full name of the alleged batterer;

  • a physical description of the batterer, including height, weight and any identifying marks such as tattoos, scars, etc.;

  • the current physical address of the batterer or directions to the current address;

  • the batterer's employer and employer's address and phone number, if known.

Name Changes

Florida Statute 68.07

Any Florida resident may file a petition in the county in which he or she resides to change his or her name. A husband and wife and minor children may join in on one petition.

Baker Act

Florida Statute 394.463

A sworn petition for involuntary examination may be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court

  • if there is reason to believe that someone is mentally ill and because of his or her illness:

  • the person has refused voluntary examination;

  • the person is unable to determine for himself or herself whether the examination is necessary;

  • and without care or treatment, the person is likely to suffer from neglect or refuse to care for himself or herself;

  • such neglect or refusal poses a real and present threat of substantial harm to his or her well being;

  • and it is not apparent that such harm may be avoided through the help of willing family members or friends or the provision of other services;

  • or there is a substantial likelihood that without care or treatment the person will cause serious bodily harm to himself or herself or others in the near future as evidenced by recent behavior.

If the petition for involuntary examination is granted, an ex parte order may be entered and the person will be taken to a receiving facility for an involuntary examination for up to a 72 hour period.

Marchman Act

Florida Statutes 397.6811 through 397.6822

A sworn petition for involuntary assessment and stabilization may be filed with the Clerk of Court if:

  • there is reason for the petitioner's belief that a person is substance abuse impaired and has lost the power of self-control with respect to substance abuse;

  • and either the petitioner believes the person has inflicted or is likely to inflict physical harm to himself or herself or others unless admitted;

  • or the petitioner believes that the person's refusal to voluntarily receive care is based on judgment so impaired by reason of substance abuse that he or she is incapable of appreciating his or her need for care and of making a rational decision regarding the need for care.

Vulnerable Adult Protective Act

Florida Statute 415.1051

The Department of Children and Family Services should be contacted if there is reason to believe that a vulnerable adult is being abused, neglected or exploited and is in need of protective services but lacks the capacity to consent to protective services. Call 1-800 453-5145 or locally 772-770-6700, Aging and Adult Services.