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FM-2008-044-VL

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF FLORIDA, SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR VOLUSIA COUNTY

Re: ESTABLISHMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT IN JUVENILE DEPENDENCY CASES

Ref: FM-2008-044-VL (Rescinds W-2008-001)

WHEREAS, one of the principles outlined In re: Report of Family Court Steering Committee, 794 So.2d 518 (Fla. 2001) is consideration of child support matters by judges hearing related juvenile dependency actions to avoid conflicting orders and multiple court appearances by the parties, as well as to increase efficiency and wisely utilize court resources, and

WHEREAS, the pilot project established by Administrative Order W-2008-001 to experiment with utilizing the “Best Practices Model for Child Support in Dependency Cases” proved to be successful, efficient and beneficial in dealing with child support and promoting the best interest of children involved in juvenile dependency cases;

NOW THEREFORE, I, J. DAVID WALSH, Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, hereby order that the “Best Practices Model for Child Support in Dependency Cases” be utilized in juvenile dependency cases assigned to Divisions 05, 15 and 38 in Volusia County effective January 1, 2009.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that effective January 1, 2009 the Clerk of Court’s office is directed to assign Orders of Child Support, where child support is initiated within Volusia County juvenile dependency cases as follows:

  • All Orders of Child Support initiated within east-Volusia juvenile dependency cases are to be assigned to Division 38.  Said child support cases should continue to receive separate Family Law case numbers.  Any pre-existing, active, related child support cases may be re-assigned to Division 38 at the discretion of the Juvenile Dependency Judge or the assigned Domestic Relations Judge.  Upon conclusion of the juvenile dependency case, where termination of jurisdiction occurs, any related child support case previously assigned / re-assigned to Division 38 pursuant to this section, shall be re-assigned to an appropriate Domestic Relations division pursuant to the criteria established in the current assignment order for Family Law cases for any further action.
  • All Orders of Child Support initiated within west-Volusia juvenile dependency cases are to be assigned to Division 15 (Unified Family Court) pursuant to existing UFC assignment procedures.  Said child support cases should continue to receive separate Family Law case numbers.  Any pre-existing, active, related child support cases may be re-assigned to Division 15 at the discretion of the Juvenile Dependency Judge/Unified Family Court Judge or the assigned Domestic Relations Judge.  Upon conclusion of the juvenile dependency case, where termination of jurisdiction occurs, any related child support case assigned / re-assigned to Division 15 pursuant to this section shall remain assigned to Division 15, recognizing the “best interests” Unified Family Court principle.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Administrative Order W-2008-001 is hereby rescinded effective January 1, 2009.

TO BE RECORDED in Volusia County, Florida.

DONE AND ORDERED in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida this 3rd day of December 2008.

/s/ J. David Walsh
J. David Walsh
Chief Judge

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