CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
Family Law cases include Dissolution of Marriage (divorce), Annulment, Name Change, Adoption, Delayed Birth Certificates, Support (foreign and local), Custody, Paternity and Alimony. The above listed are the most common filings and not inclusive of all matters.
Electronic viewing of many court records, indexes and dockets as well as non-confidential document images is currently available on our Hillsborough Online Viewing of Electronic Records (HOVER) site, as authorized by the Florida Supreme Court. Pursuant to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, access to all electronic and other court records shall be governed by the Standards for Access to Electronic Court Records and Access Security Matrix. At this time Civil Sexual Violence Injunction Cases are not searchable/viewable through HOVER; the case progress dockets are available through this link.
If you are authorized under Florida Rules of Judicial Administration to view a court file but are unable to view it online and/or you need a copy, you may view or pick up a copy of the file at our Tampa Edgecomb or Plant City locations. To allow adequate time for redaction processing, it may take four business days for your file to be available for on-site viewing and/or pick-up. We suggest that you pre-order the file for onsite viewing or pick-up by completing the Order Form for Family Law files.
The Divorce and Annulment page has information on how to file for a divorce and how to get an annulment
In order to obtain copies of a sealed order you must do one of the following:
Once you have your Order please get as many copies you may need at that time. Once the file is re-sealed you must re-petition the court to obtain more copies.
The CGD can receipt support payments, purge payments, and fees associated with support cases. Additionally, the CGD can accept pleadings for filing, answer questions regarding support, and sell copies of payment histories. The Depository processes all court orders when support has been ordered payable through the Court.
When the non-custodial parent (obligor) is delinquent on payments, the CGD issues a delinquency letter. The obligor has 15 days to respond to the delinquency notice or pay the full amount owed. If there is no response or payment, a judgment will be recorded in the public record . The judgment can act as a lien by operation of law. Interest is charged on all judgments at a rate determined by the Florida Department of Financial Services . Florida Statutes 55.03(1).
On non-Title IVD cases (those not handled by the Department of Revenue ) the custodial parent (obligee) may file a Request to Suspend Driver’s License and Motor Vehicle Registration through the Clerk’s Office when the obligor is 15 days delinquent. The Clerk will then send a Notice of Driver’s License Suspension to the obligor at the last address on record with the Department of Motor Vehicles. If there is no response to the Notice within 20 days, the Clerk’s Office will send a request electronically to the DMV to suspend the obligor's driver’s license.
Court-ordered support can be mailed, paid at the Clerk’s office, or online. Payments made at the Clerk’s Office may only be paid by cash or certified funds made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. All other payment forms should be mailed to the State Disbursement Unit in Tallahassee. The Request for Direct Deposit form is availablehere. For Title IVD cases, contact the Department of Revenue for payment options at 1-850-488-KIDS(5437).
In order for a Notice of Delinquency to be issued, the depository records of the Clerk of the Court must reflect that a payment is more than 15 days late and the delinquency amount is greater than the periodic payment amount. If you feel the Notice of Delinquency was issued in error, you may file a motion to contest within 15 days from the mailing of the delinquency notice. You are eligible to file this response if you believe it is a case of mistaken identity or if you do not agree with the balance. See Florida Statute 61.14(c). There are a number of reasons why the depository records may not coincide with yours.