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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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Effective March 25, 2019: All clerk’s offices in every courthouse will remain open to serve the public until 3:00 p.m. Click here for press release.
Effective June 1, 2018: Notice re Changes to Family Law document processing. Click here for more information.

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Family Court Locations


All documents to be filed in a Family Law Case must be presented for filing at the Hayward Hall of Justice. All documents to be filed in a case requesting issuance of a protective order under Family Code Section 6200 et seq. (Domestic Violence Prevention Act) may also be filed at the René C. Davidson Courthouse.



Some types of cases that involve families are covered in a different section of this website:
  • Criminal law violations by a child under the age of 18--visit the Juvenile section of this website. 
  • Guardianships and conservatorships for family members who cannot care for themselves or manage their personal financial matters--visit the Probate section of this website.
  • Disposing of property after death through Wills or Trusts--visit the Probate section of this website.
  • For information about civil harassment matters visit the Civil section of this website.
  • For name changes, visit the Self-Help section.  
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