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Odyssey Public Portal notification:

The Odyssey Public Portal can only be accessed by registered users at this time.


The Court will be transitioning to Zoom for all remote appearances.  Click here to see information about how the transition will happen in each case type.

Mandatory Face Covering Requirements:

 Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, all persons entering any court facility will be required to properly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, regardless of their vaccination status.

Important Information:

Beginning June 15, 2021, all courthouses are open to the public and most in-person services are restored.

Family Law Court

Family Law Courts have jurisdiction over all cases involving dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, nullity, paternity, domestic violence, child custody, visitation and support.

Family Law


Please visit the Court's dedicated COVID-19 webpage for detailed information regarding available court services. 

Family Law and Restraining Orders ZoomGov Instructions (English and Spanish)


Family Law courtrooms will transition to default in-person hearings on a staggered basis. 

On May 16, 2022, Departments 503, 516 and 522 will transition to in-person hearings.

Department 503 (Trials):  In-person hearings - Trials, Long Cause Hearings and Adoptions. The following hearings will continue to be heard remotely: Orders to Show Cause, Family Law Status Conferences and Requests for Orders 

Departments 516 and 522:  In-person hearings - Requests for Orders, Orders to Show Cause, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Long Cause Hearings and Trials, and Settlement Conferences. Status Conferences will continue to be heard remotely.

On June 13, 2022, Departments 507 and 510 will transition to in-person hearings. On July 18, 2022, Departments 513 and 515 will transition to in-person hearings.

Remote hearings will continue to be an option in all Family Law courtrooms. If you wish to appear remotely, file and serve a Notice of Remote Appearance (Judicial Council Form, RA-010). Please review the attached  for additional details.

Note: Departments 502 (Domestic Violence), 504 (Settlements), 508 (DCSS) and 509 (DCSS) will continue to conduct hearings remotely.

Child Custody, Guardianship and Domestic Violence Recommending Counseling

Child Custody and Guardianship Recommending Counseling

Information Related to Domestic Violence

What you should know before your appointment  Domestic violence and child custody

What you should know after your appointment




Requesting a copy of your Child Custody Recommending Counseling Report 

Preparing for Child Custody Recommending Counseling when domestic violence is an issue
Agreement to meet together
Domestic Violence and Child Custody: Family code section 3044

FCS Intake Form

FCS Intake Form (Spanish)

Supervised Visitation

Click on the button below to visit California Courts' Access to Visitation page for more information.

Supervised Visitation

Watch video Supervised Visitation and Exchange Services in California.
Learn about supervised visitation, when a judge orders that a neutral third person be present during a parent’s time with his or her children.

Family Law Information in Different Sections

Some types of cases that involve families are covered in the following sections of this website:

  • Juvenile

    Criminal law violations by a child under the age of 18

  • Probate

    Guardianships and conservatorships for family members who cannot care for themselves or manage their personal financial matters,  or disposing of property after death through Wills or Trusts

  • Civil

    Information about civil harassment matters

  • Self-Help

    Small claims, restraining orders, domestic violence, elder abuse, civil harassment, name changes, representing yourself

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