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CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA

Divorce and Annulment

Family Law court handles divorces (Dissolution of Marriage) and annulments. The most frequently asked questions about divorce and annulment are answered below:

Divorce and Annulment FAQs

 

How do I file for divorce?

Dissolution of Marriage is the legal term for divorce. Forms and detailed filing instructions may be viewed and downloaded below from the 13th Judicial Circuit Court. Information related to associated fees and filing locations is contained within the form instructions.

If you have no children and few or no assets, you might need this form:

Simplified Dissolution of Marriage (Packet #27)

If you have no children from this marriage, you might need these forms:

Dissolution of Marriage No Children by Agreement (Packet #19)

Dissolution of Marriage No Children - Personal Service (Packet #20)

Dissolution of Marriage No Children - Publication (Packet #21)

Answer to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage No Children (Packet #22)

If you have dependent or minor children as a result of your marriage, you might need these forms:

Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Children by Agreement (Packet #15)

Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Children - Personal Service (Packet #16)

Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Children - Publication (Packet #17)

Answer to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Children (Packets #18) 

How do I get an annulment?

The Florida Supreme Court has not created Self-Help Forms for filing an annulment action. If you are seeking information related to an annulment, you should contact an attorney.

How do I get legal help or file for a divorce by myself if I cannot afford an attorney?

You can get information on filing for a divorce without an attorney and information about free legal assistance for certain cases for qualified low income residents here.

How do I find out if I have a court date coming up?

You can follow your case online from our website. You will be able to track all documents filed in your case as well as the Notice of Hearing.

How do I get a copy of my divorce records?

You can view or obtain copies of divorce records from Hillsborough County in several ways.  

Online:

If you do not require a certified copy of a divorce record, you can search our HOVER Case Search portal online for free and get information about the divorce parties, dates, etc. Click on "I want to search by Individual or Business Name" and type in the name of the person (party) for which you are seeking divorce information. The Case Category for a divorce would be "Family". The Case Type would be "Dissolution of Marriage" (you may want to select all three Dissolution of Marriage case types if you don't know what kind of divorce it was), or you can leave this Case Type blank. Once you find the person you are looking for, click on the magnifying glass icon on the left column to view the divorce record summary. Florida law does not permit the viewing of images of the divorce records themselves online, just the party information and dates.

If you need more information about the divorce, or want a certified copy of the actual divorce documents, you will need to request those by mail, phone or in person. There is a charge of $2 for each year searched; $1 per page for copies of the document being requested; and $2 for certifying the document.

By Mail:  

You can pay for your divorce records request by mail with a check or money order. When mailing in a request, include the name(s) and years to be searched.  Call our office first to find out what the fees will be before paying by mail; our number is (813) 276-8100, ext. 7805.

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By Phone:

You can pay for your divorce records request by phone with a credit card. Our number is (813) 276-8100, ext. 7805

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In Person:

You can pay for your divorce records request in person with a check, money order, cash or credit card at these office locations.

Non-Hillsborough County Divorce Records: If the divorce records you seek were not filed in Hillsborough County, but elsewhere in the State of Florida, the State Office of Vital Statistics also has divorce records from 1927 forward for the entire state, and can be reached at (904) 359-6900 or online.