Legal Information: Florida

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about injunctions for protection against domestic violence, injunctions against repeat, dating, and sexual violence, injunctions for protection against stalking/cyberstalking, risk protection orders, and moving in and out of Florida with an injunction.

Information about custody in Florida.

This page has some general information (not state-specific) about when one parent takes a child out of the state or country without the other parent’s consent.

Basic information about divorce in Florida.

Florida state law provides employment protections for domestic violence victims who need to take time off from work to handle issues related to domestic violence.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Florida and victim assistance programs.

There are state laws that may make it illegal for an abuser to buy or have a gun.

General information about your right to sue an abuser for medical costs, destroyed property, or other damages.