These are short hearings before the judge/magistrate so that the court can:
To obtain a dissolution of marriage, one of the parties to the marriage must reside six months in the state before the filing of the petition. You can prove residency by doing one of the following:
If you have documents that you feel will help prove your case (i.e. copies of bills, receipts, real estate legal description, etc.), you must bring them with you. But, be aware that there are evidentiary rules that may prohibit their use, so determine whether witnesses may be necessary to properly introduce these documents into evidence.
If you have witnesses you want to testify, they must be present. A subpoena should be issued to assure their presence.
Prepare an opening statement, which is a brief statement indicating:
Each side will have the opportunity to present his/her case before the judge/magistrate by:
Hearsay is the legal term for any statement, verbal or non-verbal, offered as evidence that is not based on a witness's personal knowledge, but instead on another person’s statement that was not made under oath. Generally, hearsay is not admissible evidence.
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit provides spoken language court interpreters to limited-English proficient persons in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 90.606, Florida Statutes, and Rule 2.560, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration. If you require the assistance of an interpreter, please submit your request online or please call 941‑749‑3659. Please submit your request as early as possible, requests made with less than 5 business days’ notice may not be accommodated.
Because you are representing yourself in court, it is your responsibility to become familiar with the rules and laws relevant to your legal matter. Be sure you are aware of the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, Florida Statutes, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Florida Rules of Evidence. The judge, the magistrate, case managers, or other court personnel cannot give you legal advice.
You may obtain additional information and forms by visiting the Florida State Courts at www.flcourts.gov:
Family law forms are also available at the Clerk’s Office in packets for a fee.