Manatee County, Florida Family Court
Child Custody Information
Welcome! On this page you'll find the following information for Manatee County, Florida:
- Where to file for child custody in Manatee County
- How to find or contact the Manatee County Family Court
- Whether the court offers childcare for days you must visit the court building
- Where to find Manatee County child custody forms and court fees
- How to learn more and find a lawyer
In Manatee County, child custody is handled by the Manatee County Unified Family Court (12th Judicial Circuit Court)
NAME OF COURT
COURT PHONE NUMBER
Manatee County Judicial Center
1051 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, Florida 34205
P.O. Box 3000
Bradenton, Florida 34206
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. excluding court holidays.
If you can't afford the court fees for Manatee County, you may be able to apply for a fee waiver. For more information, see the fee waiver form on the Florida Courts website or contact the Manatee County Circuit Clerk's office at 941-741-4025.
Get Help With Florida Child Custody
Before you file legal papers, take some time to familiarize yourself with the resouces offered by your local court. Most courts now offer at least some materials and forms to help you understand and manage your child custody case. Even if you plan to work with a lawyer, it's smart to do some research before you turn things over. When you're ready to find a lawyer, the resources below can help you locate a child custody attorney near you.