Family Law handles cases which involve dissolution of marriage, name change, domestic violence and other injunctions for protection, adoptions, paternity issues, and support issues (child and spousal).
For your convenience, additional information concerning Florida family laws and opinions as well as forms may be found at the following website: www.flcourts.org.
For your convenience, the Clerk’s office provides a link to a self-help online service called TurboCourt. For a fee, the program will guide you through filling out paperwork for a Dissolution of Marriage With Children and Dissolution Without Children. You can then print your completed forms and bring them to the Clerk’s office. Visit TurboCourt DYI Forms at the Clerk’s website, www.franklinclerk.com.
We do provide some self-help packets for people who wish to represent themselves in civil proceedings. These packets are available for purchase in the Civil Division of the Clerk’s office or by accessing the link to www.flcourts.org.
Legal Aid may be contacted by 850-385-9007 or 850-701-3301. Legal Aid is here in Franklin County on the 1st Thursday of each month at 10:30 A.M. No appointment is necessary but is suggested.
If you have a question or would like more information, please contact or visit our office. We can be reached at 850-653-8861, ext. 106 or 149 (or dial 0) from 8:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M., Monday- Friday, and are located at the Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market Street, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320.
INJUNCTIONS FOR PROTECTION
An injunction for protection against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Sexual Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking may be ordered by the court.
For help, the Clerk’s office offers several options to assist:
If it is an emergency, dial 911.
You may come to the Clerk’s Civil Office at the Main Courthouse or call 850-653-8861, ext 106 or 149 (or dial 0) and speak with a Deputy Clerk. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. except on holidays, and we can provide you the forms necessary to petition the court.
You may obtain Florida Supreme Court approved forms online and file them without assistance. View the forms to petition for Domestic, Repeat, Sexual or Dating Violence, and Stalking injunctions. Go to www.flcourts.org and select Family law forms under Self-Help.
The Clerk’s office also provides a link to a self-help online service called TurboCourt DIY Forms. The program will guide you through filling out a petition for a domestic violence injunction. You can then print your completed forms and bring them to the Clerk’s Office. Visit TurboCourt DIY Forms on the Clerk’s website, www.franklinclerk.com. You may also contact an attorney to assist you.