Family Law is the general term used to refer to matters concerning marital relationships, domestic partnerships, relationships between parents and children, and violence between family and friends.
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 Petition or Request for Orders, you will also be served with a blank Response. There are critical timelines associated with filing your response. You should always read what you have been served to determine 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 filling out those forms.
- Clinic Calendar
- Responding to a Petition for Dissolution (with Children)
- Responding to a Petition for Dissolution (without Children)
- Responding to a Petition for Custody and Support
- Responding to a Uniform Parentage Act Petition
- Responding to a Request for Orders
The Self-Help Center does not currently offer assistance with Step-Parent Adoptions. The Judicial Council forms required to file an adoption are available on the California Courts website.
The Self-Help Center does not currently offer assistance with Adoptions. Click here for general civil information on adoption.
Additional adoption information is available on the California Courts website