Oct. 5, 2015

Family Law

Family Law

Family law issues include dissolution which is commonly known as a divorce, legal separation, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and domestic violence restraining orders. For more specific information click on the links above.

Responding to a Family Law Case

Typically when you have been served with a Petiton or Request for Orders, you will also be served with a blank Response.  There are critical timelines associated with filing your resonse.  You should always read what you have been served to detemine what those timelines are.  There is a clinic to assist you with filling out the appropriate responsive pleading depending on the type of case.  If you cannot wait for the clinic, the Self-Help Center has instructional booklets available through the links below to assist you with fillng out those forms.

Clinic Calendar

Resonding to a Petition for Dissolution

Responding to a Petition for Custody and Support

Responding to a Uniform Parentage Act Petition

Responding to a Request for Orders

Step-Parent Adoptions

The Self Help Center does not currently offer assistance with Step-Parent Adoptions.  The judicial counsel forms required to file an adoption are available on the state website


Click here for general civil information on adoption.

For Additional information about Adoptions: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-adoption.htm

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