Lawson E. Thomas, Courthouse Center 175 N.W. 1st Avenue, Suite 1503 Miami, FL, 33128 Tel.: (305) 349-5508 Fax: (305) 349-5634 Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Supervised Parenting Time/Exchanges: Mondays/Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and State/County holidays What is Family Court Services? Family Court Services is a Unit of the 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade-County that serves high conflict families experiencing litigation in the Family, Domestic Violence and Unified Family Court Divisions.
Family Court Services Mission is: the coordination of supportive services to families in response to judicial orders to promote resolution of family conflicts and thereby reduce the number of judicial hearings.
How are services of the Unit accessed? Family Court Services sees only parents and children who have been court ordered to the Unit. The order of referral must be signed by a Judge or General Magistrate and a copy forwarded to Family Court Services in order to facilitate the activation of an office file. The parties are required to contact the Unit within 5 working days for the provision of initial data or the court will be noticed of non-compliance. What fees are involved with the services and who is responsible for payment? There is no charge for services provided by the Unit; however, there may be fees for services referred to community providers. The Court decides how the parties will share the costs for intervention outside of the Unit. How do I obtain an appointment? Parents can obtain an appointment directly from the court hearing in which they were referred to the Unit just by walking directly to Family Court Services and presenting their court order. If both parents are not present, Family Court Services will await contact from the other parent and send out an appointment letter with the earliest available date and time. Does Family Court Services send a report to the court? Parties are expected to attend scheduled appointments with the Unit. If two appointments are missed in a case, the parties are reported back to court for non-compliance. When the parties appear as scheduled, a report is writing regarding their compliance and progress.