Family Law Court

Family Law Courts hear cases involving divorce (dissolution of marriage), nullity, legal separation, and paternity, including related issues of spousal support, child support, child custody and visitation, and community property.  Family Court also hears cases of domestic violence and elder abuse.
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Rules & Forms

Information regarding Court Forms

Commonly used forms in Family Law proceedings including petitions for different types of restraining orders, child custody and support cases, and parentage may be found on the Judicial Council's website, this website, or at most Superior Court locations throughout Alameda County.  If you are seeking legal assistance, court staff cannot give you legal advice.  Please visit the Resources and Referrals page for more information.
Local Family Law Forms:
Local Family Law forms can be found here.
About Judicial Council forms:
All forms are provided in PDF format and may be viewed and printed from any computer for which Adobe Reader 6.0 or newer is installed. Forms indicated as fillable may be filled out electronically. Non-fillable versions of all forms are also available and should be completed neatly in blue or black ink. Forms may be downloaded by right-clicking on the form number link and selecting the "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..." option to download the PDF file directly to your hard drive. Use Adobe Reader to open the file after downloading.

Please note that Domestic Violence forms are available on the Judicial Council’s website in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  However, completed forms should be submitted to the Court in English.

Judicial Council Forms:
For additional information and to access Judicial Council forms, please go to Use the dropdown box to choose the form you want. You may choose from one of the form groups or you may choose “All Forms Listed by Name” or All Forms Listed by Number”. " To display forms, click on “See Forms”

Information on Court Rules
Rules are procedures that the Court requires parties to follow when they file a court case. Each Superior Court in each county may have different local rules in addition to the state rules. Alameda Superior Court's local rules can be accessed through the link below:
  • Local Court Rules: Click here to go to the Local Rules page.
  • California Rules of Court: Click here to go to the California Rules of Court.
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