We are distancing, but don’t feel alone! While our physical office is closed, our entire team is fully available to serve you by telephone and video conference! Most family law matters can successfully move forward at this time with some creativity and flexibility.
What We’re Doing To Help…
- Video Conferencing. We are fully able to meet virtually. That means we can share documents, talk face-to-face, and get things done! Many people are telling us they like video meetings more because there’s no travel time! How to join a Video Conference with us.
- Extended telephone hours. We are being extra flexible to accommodate your schedule. Let us know how we can help!
- Special Hourly Rate For Self-Represented Parties. We know the closing of courthouses and self-help resources makes it even more difficult to get help. Attorney Brandon Berry is offering a special rate of $100 per hour to provide legal advice to self represented parties during this crisis period.
- Added Legal Coaching Flexibility. Attorney Brandon Berry is making more time available for legal coaching to assist self represented parties. If you are self represented (pro se), you’ll probably see many of the phone and self-help centers are closed making getting help more challenging. We got your back!
- How To Contact Your Clerk Of Court. Many courthouses are closed to visitors and phone calls are limited. Each clerk of court has different policies.
- Document notarization and drop offs to the office are still available by appointment. We can even come out to your car to notarize! Be sure to bring your id! Keep in mind the mail is still being delivered so you can mail documents to us as well.
- Online Notarization is legal and available in Florida for any work that we do. You don’t even have to leave you house! Vendors do charge a fee for this. One provider is: NotaryCam
COVID-19 Family Law Resources
Here is a list of coronavirus resources for those with family law cases in central Florida:
- State Of Florida Safer At Home Executive Order 20-91 and related 20-92.
- The Florida Bar – a large resource for statewide information.
- Florida Supreme Court
- Order extending COVID-19 Measures (AOSC20-23 Amendment 1)
- Emergency Orders and Advisories
- Broad order that defines essential and critical court proceedings and postponement of nonessential proceedings (AOSC20-15) March 17th, 2020.
- Emergency Procedures for Administration of Oaths via Remote Communications.
- Suspension of notarization requirements for some Florida family law forms (AOSC20-17). Also see AOSC20-23 regarding this.
- Comprehensive COVID-19 Emergency Measures For State Courts (AOSC20-23)
- Order extending deadlines to May 29th. (AOSC20-27)
- Central Florida Family Law Courts links
- Ninth Judicial Circuit COVID-19 (Orange and Osceola County)
- Eighteenth Judicial Circuit COVID-19 updates (Seminole County)
- Fifth Judicial Circuit (includes Lake County). Note, Lake County Clerk Of Court appears to be back and open. See their website for updated info.
- A-2020-12 COVID-19 Admin Order (no longer on web site)
- A-2020-21-B 2nd Amended Admin Order Regarding Emergency Temp Standing Order Regarding Parenting
- Seventh Judicial Circuit (Volusia county) Administrative Order
- Florida E-Filing Portal. Self represented parties can file documents electronically to all courts.
General Coronavirus Information
- Florida Department of Health
- Coronavirus information from the United States CDC
- World Health Organization
Please be aware this is a brief summary, not a complete reference. We will update things periodically, but actions by the state, county, city and court systems are constantly changing.