WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of Florida has encouraged the establishment of Family Law Divisions in each judicial circuit (see In Re: Report of the Family Court Steering Committee, 794 S02d 518), and
WHEREAS, a Family Law Division has previously been established in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, and
WHEREAS, the undersigned has determined that changes to the composition of the Family Law Division are necessary;
NOW THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM A. PARSONS, Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, hereby order that effective July 2, 2007, the Family Law Division in the Seventh Judicial Circuit shall operate in accordance with the following:
The following categories of cases fall under the jurisdiction of the Family Law Division:
– Simplified Dissolution of Marriage
– Dissolution of Marriage
– Separate Maintenance
– Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence
– Injunction for Protection Against Repeat / Dating / Sexual Violence
– Name Change
– Pre-Adoption Termination of Parental Rights
– Temporary Custody by Extended Family
– Child Support
– Declaratory Judgment related to premarital, marital, or post-marital agreements
– Juvenile Delinquency
– Juvenile Dependency
– Juvenile Emancipation
– Children/Families in Need of Services (CINS/FINS)
– Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) (Dependency)
– Waiver of Parental Notice of Abortion
2. Judicial Resources
The assignment of judicial divisions to the Family Law Division is left to the sole discretion of the Chief Judge. Said assignments are based on caseload, available judicial resources, and other related factors. The assignment of judges to judicial divisions within the Family Law Division is also left to the sole discretion of the Chief Judge. The Chief Judge may consider such factors as individual desire, subject matter experience, seniority, geography, and other related factors. In addition, the Chief Judge may appoint a Family Law Division judge to serve as Administrative Family Law Judge to oversee the administration of the Family Law Division.
3. Quasi-Judicial Resources
Pursuant to Administrative Order, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida has authorized the Seventh Judicial Circuit to utilize child support enforcement hearing officers to assist in the resolution of cases in the Family Law Division. The Seventh Judicial Circuit has also utilized the services of general magistrates to assist in the resolution of cases in the Family Law Division. The assignment of general magistrates and child support enforcement hearing officers is left to the sole discretion of the Chief Judge. Said assignments are based on caseload, available judicial resources, funding availability, and other related factors. The types of matters to be heard by general magistrates and child support enforcement hearing officers are determined by the Chief Judge, consistent with applicable rules of procedure. General magistrates serve at the pleasure of the Chief Judge. Child support enforcement hearing officers serve at the pleasure of the Chief Judge and a majority of the circuit judges in the circuit. General magistrates and child support enforcement hearing officers report to and are supervised by the Court Administrator or his/her designee.
4. Supplemental Resources
The use of supplemental resources to assist in the resolution of cases in the Family Law Division is left tothe sole discretion of the Chief Judge. Caseload, funding availability, resource availability, and other related factors are considered when making decisions related to the use of supplemental resources. Examples of such supplemental resources include, but are not limited to, mediators, case managers, self-help programs, custody evaluators, supervised visitation, monitored exchange, batterers intervention monitoring and law clerks.
IT IS FURTHER QRDERED that the assignment of judges to divisions, the assignment of divisions to the Family Law Division and the assignment of cases to divisions are governed by separate administrative orders issued by the Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Administrative Order FM-2005-002-SC is hereby rescinded effective July 2, 2007.
TO BE RECORDED in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.
DONE AND AND ORDERED in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida this 7th day of June 2007.
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