A new standing administrative order #14-05 in Seminole and Brevard counties adds additional requirements to the parenting course required of people filing divorce cases in these counties. The parenting course, known as the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course, is a 4 hour course required by Florida State law. The basic course is required for both parents in cases involving issues of time-sharing with children.
The new order signed in January by the chief judge now adds requirements that the class must be completed within 45 days of service of the petition and that the class must be taken live. Parents will no longer be able to take online or self-study classes (which many do) unless they receive special permission. If you have a divorce case in these counties or anticipate filing one there, please make sure you review the standing administrative orders for the county and ensure you are in compliance with them.
Family law standing administrative orders are orders by the chief judge of the circuit court that order parties involved in family law cases to abide by certain rules. These orders are as enforceable as if a judge directly ordered an individual party to take a specific action.