Miami-dade county resources
By Local Rule approved by the Supreme Court of Florida, all persons filing name changes in Miami-Dade County's Family Court, who are not represented by an attorney (unless waived by the Administrative or Associate Administrative Judge of the Family Division of this Court) must acquire and use the Family Court Self Help Program's form packets (or forms in substantial compliance). Petitioners must have their pleadings and papers reviewed by the program's staff at the time they file their case.
If you are filing for a name change without an attorney, you must go to the Family Court Self Help Program located on the 24th Floor, Room 2441 of the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center at 175 NW 1st Avenue. Your first step is to purchase a packet of forms ($40) with instructions on how to complete them, and make an appointment to return with the completed forms and all necessary documents. Upon your return, a staff member will check your papers for completeness and tell you the next steps you must follow in general family court procedure. When your forms and documents are in order and all the correct procedures have been followed according to Family Court law, you will be able to obtain a hearing date before the judge.