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.
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 transitioned to default in-person hearings.
Department 502: Domestic Violence, Gun Violence and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders
Department 503: 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 507, 510, 513, 515, 516 and 522: Requests for Orders (RFO hearings), Orders to Show Cause, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Long Cause Hearings, Trials and Settlement Conferences:
- Family Law Status Conferences will continue to be heard remotely.
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.
REMOTE COURTROOMS: Departments 504 (Settlements), 508 (DCSS) and 509 (DCSS) will continue to conduct hearings remotely until further notice.
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
Click on the button below to visit California Courts' Access to Visitation page for more information.
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.
Juvenile Dependency Mediation
Guidelines for Problem Solving
Información en Español
Unified Family -MEDIACIÓN DE LA CUSTODIA DEL NIÑO
|Servicios y Información de
|Información en casos de
|Servicios y Información
En Casos de Violencia Doméstica
|Formulario Guardian de Menores||Servicios y Información - VD|
|Código de Familia Sección 3044||Formulario PDF|
|Orientación||Lo Qué Usted Debe Saber Antes De su Cita De Mediación|
|Certificado de Orientación|
Family Court Services
Find more information and learn how to manage your cases in the following areas:
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Divorce, Separation & Annulment
- Elder & Dependant Adult Access Program
- How to get an Emergency Protective Order/Restraining Order
- Protection from Abuse - Emergency Protective Order and Restraining Order Information
- Rules & Forms
- What is Domestic Violence?
Family Law Information in Different Sections
Some types of cases that involve families are covered in the following sections of this website:
Criminal law violations by a child under the age of 18
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
Information about civil harassment matters
Small claims, restraining orders, domestic violence, elder abuse, civil harassment, name changes, representing yourself