Miami-Dade County, Florida has some of the best judges, attorneys, and overall court system in the family sector. Having been practicing in that field for almost eight years now, I’ve learned to appreciate how innovating our system is and how focused it is on our community.
Florida Law emphasizes on placing the best interest of the minor children as the top priority. What’s more, is that Miami-Dade County courts have implemented a Family Court Services Unit, offering it to those who are dealing with family issues and are in need of direction.
The Family Court Services Unit has been reducing the level of conflict and providing supportive services to families for over 20 years! Specifically, the Unit assists all judges and general magistrates with some of the Court’s most difficult family cases by providing “solution-focused and brief therapeutic interventions.” Attorney’s can also ask the Court for a referral to the Family Court Services Unit by filing a Request for a Referral.
What type of services are provided?
Pursuant to it’s website, Family Court Services provides the following services for families at no cost:
- Alienation: explore and assist with parental alienation.
- Child/Family Assistance: assistance with issues immediately affecting the welfare of the children through interviews with family members and children (if needed).
- Co-parenting: assessing and assisting in parenting skills, communication, and sharing time.
- Crisis Assistance: when the judiciary finds that an issue requires urgent attention such as when imminent danger to a parent or child might exist, immediate and rapid assistance is provided.
- Marital Reconciliation: when party(s) wants to separate/divorce, this service is to explore and assist in clarifying motivation and factors involved.
- Parenting Coordination: assist parents in creating or facilitating their parenting plan and providing strategies to limit the child’s exposure to the parental conflict.
- Reunification: explore and assist with feelings of estrangement experienced by a child toward a parent while attempting to establish or reestablish the relationship.
- Time-sharing: addressing the parties’ issues regarding the sharing of their child, assisting parties in the clarification of an existing time-sharing schedule and/or the development of a more meaningful arrangement.
- Supervised Visitation/Monitored Exchanges: observation of the interaction between parent/child in a safe, friendly, environment when the physical and/or emotional welfare of a child may be otherwise threatened. Supervised visitation hour are as follows: Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
What if I need more help?
Community Resource Services Community Referrals: Family Court Services also assists families by connecting them to community providers for any court-ordered service ordered by the Court, such as therapy counseling, extended co-parenting, parenting classes, parenting coordination, psychological/psychiatric evaluation, substance abuse evaluation/treatment, social investigation, therapeutic supervised visits, and DNA testing.
Family Court Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit its Frequently Asked Questions page.
Family Court Services
Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
175 N.W. 1st Avenue Suite 1503
Miami, Florida 33128
Telephone: (305) 349-5508
Fax: (305) 349-5634
Legal Lotus, P.A.
This blog was created and monitored by Legal Lotus, P.A., a Miami based Law firm specializing in family and civil litigation throughout South Florida. Legal Lotus is not associated or affiliated with Family Court Services. It does however, make requests for referral to Family Court Services in difficult cases, as the Unit has proven to be effective in some cases.
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