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California Family Court

California Family Court

California Family Court

California Family Court

The Family Court System in California is support by a number of Court Houses where Divorce and Family Court Matters are heard and Judgements granted.

If your Divorce, Child Support or Family Court matter could not be decided between yourselves, you will need to attend the Family Court to have your case decided by the Judge.

The Court you will attend will be determined by where you live and where the Family Court application was lodged.  Sometimes where parties are living in different areas of California, you will attend the Court in a different district to where you live it will be determined by which Court your documents were lodge or submitted to.

How many Family Courts are there in California

There are a number of Courts that can be utilized to make Family Court decisions.  Most decisions are made by District Courts.  We have a full list of Family Courts in California below.

How do I find my California Family Court

Simply search below.  We have the full list of every Family Court in California below.

How do I contact the California Family Court

We have listed all the California County Family Courts below on this page.  You can click on the link of your County or you City or Town and you will find the information you need.

Most Family Court matters will be dealt with by the District Court of your area.  The District Court will have a Family Court division.  So you can Contact the District Court for your Family Court matters.

There are very few places in America that list the Family Court as a separate Court on their information or contact pages, which does create confusion.  If you have any doubt, go ahead and Contact your Local County District Court which you will find in the links below.

You can find Family Court and Divorce Court details from any Family Court in America here.  Just click through to the State you are looking for.

The Divorce Courts of California and the California Family Courts are responsible for upholding the related CA Family laws and Codes.  You can read more about California Family Court Laws here.

If you need to go to Court as you feel someone is unfairly using a legal loophole or  trying to avoid their family court obligations such as those for Child Support, you may need to go to Court.  You can read more about Child Support Loopholes in California here.

You can also find everything you need to know about California Child Support obligations in Divorce proceedings here.  If children are involved in your divorce matter or Family Court Case, then it is essential that you find out about Child Support and how it is applied in California

If you need to know more about Family Court in California you can find the California Court list here.

Going to family court in California

The first time going to family court for any person is an intimidating experience. No one wants to be there and they are wondering what will happen inside the courtroom. What happens inside the courtroom proceedings depends on the type of case that has been registered with family court or whether its a child custody hearing or visitation hearing. Generally speaking, people go to family court in California for either child support hearings, divorce hearings, legal separation hearings, spousal maintenance (also known as alimony) hearings and/or child custody hearings. It’s important before going to family court it is best to be aware of what you should do when you get there and how should you dress for family court along with what people to expect inside the family court.

When you get to the court.

When you go to family court, it is important that you know where your case number is and what courtroom number your hearing (divorce hearing, child custody hearings etc.) is assigned too. When first arriving to family court, look for signage which will show you where each hearing takes place. When entering the courtroom, always identify yourself by stating out loud “I am (your name)”. It will be helpful if you can bring multiple copies of any exhibits (examples are letters between ex couple or parenting plan schedules) because during the course of proceedings, lawyers/judges may ask both parties to provide certain exhibits as proof.

What to wear for family court in California

There isn’t any specific dress code for family court, but it is suggested that you dress professionally. You do not want to appear in court wearing dirty clothing or clothes which are so casual they look like you are going on a beach vacation. Men should avoid dressing in jeans and sneakers when going to family court because it makes them appear unprofessional. Women can opt for pants over skirts when attending hearings at family court. All parties are required to have their photo identification documents present when appearing before the judge.

Expectations of lawyers & judges inside family court.

Lawyers are at family court to provide legal representation for their client. Lawyers will need to meet with their clients prior to the start of proceedings so they can discuss the matter, prepare at trial and address any issues before appearing in family court. The lawyer’s role is to represent their client while presenting evidence which supports his/her client’s case or position. This means that during hearings, lawyers may object on behalf of their client if they feel that the other party is not adhering to proper procedures or if they feel there is some kind of misconduct occurring inside the courtroom. If you hear your lawyer objecting, it usually means he/she doesn’t agree with something which has been presented by the opposing counsel (lawyer representing the other party). If you find yourself in family court without a lawyer, it is best to say as little as possible. It is also important to understand that family court proceedings are open so you should avoid talking about your case with others around you once your case has started or when outside of the courtroom. Avoid looking at family members, friends and significant others because this could be seen as intimidating by the opposing counsel.

Lawyer's role inside a California family court

The job of the judge is to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence presented by both parties which would lead him/her to make a decision (decree) on any financial awards (child support, spousal maintenance etc.) awarded to a party or whether or not there is a parenting plan in place. The judge will consider the evidence presented by both sides, if either side has violated court orders and what may have been in the best interest of any children involved.

Your role inside divorce and family court

It is important that you tell your story to the judge in an organized fashion. Before going into court have a list of points which you want to cover when talking about why your position should win out over the other party’s position. Make sure you address issues in a quick manner because judges at family court hearings don’t like getting bogged down with lots of detail. When you think you are done talking make sure to ask the judge if there is anything else he/she needs before ending your testimony. It can also be helpful to address any areas where you might have knowledge which the other side’s lawyer has not yet covered (such as financial or other issues). Once both sides have presented their evidence, each lawyer will then get an opportunity to provide rebuttals against what the opposing counsel has presented. After this phase concludes, both lawyers should present requests for judgement on behalf of their clients and keep in mind that judges at family court hearings don’t like getting bogged down with lots of detail so only include important points when providing these submissions.

California Family Court matters involving Child Support applications

In cases involving children, family court judges will consider a number of issues including who is going to have primary custody as well as the amount of time each child spends with their non custodial parent. The judge may decide upon an appropriate amount which needs to be paid for child support and this would include monies being spent on items such as school, daycare and extracurricular expenses.

Spousal maintenance (alimony) in California

During proceedings at family court, judges may award spousal maintenance (also called alimony) if one spouse demonstrates that he/she cannot live at the same standard of living they were accustomed to before separating from their spouse (spouse). Judges at family court hearings will consider the income of both parties as well as any time it would take for someone to retrain themselves for another career. Before awarding spousal maintenance, judges will also consider whether or not one party appears capable of maintaining themselves through work or if they might need financial assistance from the other side. There are some factors which would be considered by a judge before deciding whether or not to award spousal maintenance and these include: length of the marriage; contributions made to an increased standard of living during the marriage; age and health status of all involved people; education level achieved by each spouse along with their ability to support themselves now that they have separated from their partner; length of time separating during which the receiving spouse was out of the work force; and current income levels as well as issues such as fault during the marriage (which party caused it to end).

What happens after family court proceedings conclude?

Once both parties have presented their side, most family court judges will aim to end the hearing within a couple of hours (helping to ensure that people don’t get bogged down during their time in court). If necessary, hearings can be adjourned for periods longer than 2 hours but this is often only done if there are complex issues or significant amounts of evidence which need to be examined. After everything has been heard by the judge they will usually take some time to consider what was said before issuing any kind of decision/judgement. This doesn’t mean that all decisions are handed down immediately though so it’s important not to panic if you have no idea what is going on while you are waiting for a ruling. The judge can take up to a few months before handing down their verdict and family court judges will usually want time to consider things themselves before making any decisions.

What do family courts consider when issuing judgements?

Family courts aim to make rulings which all involved parties will be able to agree with but this assumes that both sides have been heard appropriately. In most cases, the judge’s primary concern is going to be looking after the best interests of any children involved in proceedings and these include custody as well as factors such as who is going to pay for what expenses on behalf of the children (such as school fees). Family court judges also place an emphasis upon not disrupting children’s lives unnecessarily which can also mean that they may not want to uproot them from their home. This is important for anyone who appears before family courts as family judges are unlikely to make rulings which would split children up from the other parent unless it was really necessary.

Family courts aim to make decisions regarding custody and spousal maintenance early enough so that all parties involved can still settle things out of court, however this doesn’t always happen. Although it is rare, family court judges might take up to a year or more before coming down with a decision if people haven’t been cooperating or if there are too many factors to consider in the time available. It’s possible for people to appear multiple times at family court hearings but this usually only happens if the issues at hand are quite complex. People who have ongoing disputes before family courts can often expect them to take years before being resolved which is why it’s important not to get bogged down with disputing over things you think are relevant, but instead keep focused on your end goal of obtaining a fair ruling/settlement based upon the events that have occurred.

Tips for making sure your California family court experience is less stressful

Family court procedures vary between states so there isn’t really any one-size-fits-all advice regarding how to make sure your time spent in family court isn’t overly difficult or stressful. All people who go through the system will be judged by different judges and this means that each hearing needs to be considered individually. The following tips might be useful though:

– Get advice from a family lawyer before going to court – this way you will have some idea of what to expect and how you should behave in front of family judges, however it’s also important to bear in mind that any advice received is still only going to be a rough guide as each case will vary from person-to-person.

– Make sure your evidence is up-to-date – this means ensuring that all relevant information about the other party (such as their work history) has been presented properly or else there could be problems later on down the track which end up wasting more time and money. It’s important not to underestimate the importance of looking after your own interests.

– Try not to let grudges influence you – It can be easy to allow feelings of anger or resentment towards the other person in a family court case take over, however this is likely going to end up causing problems down the track if these feeling are still present when final decisions are being made. Family courts always try to make decisions based upon what is best for all involved parties and it’s important not to forget that things which might seem upsetting now could actually work out better for everyone in the long run. Keep focused on what really matters at this stage.

– Prepare yourself mentally – Although family court proceedings vary depending on where they take place, there will usually be many different people present who may ask questions about your family and children. This can be quite daunting for some people, however learning what to expect before hand is important so that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Family court hearings are rarely ever easy, but there are ways of making them less stressful if you do come across any problems along the way.

What happens when someone tries to resolve family law matters outside of family courts in California?

Every state has different laws regarding how they handle these kinds of cases however it’s usually best for people who want to resolve disputes outside of the legal system to use mediation instead of arbitration . Mediation allows couples/parents who have fallen out with each other over child related issues meet with a third party (a mediator) who helps them to come to an agreement about what should happen going forward. This means that both parties have a say in the final outcome which is often a good way for people to build up trust with each other again after things have become heated between them.

 

The other type of alternative dispute resolution method is arbitration where someone from outside the family court system (most likely a lawyer) listens to both sides of the argument and then attempts to make a decision based upon all information presented during proceedings. Arbitration does not allow couples/parents as much freedom to come up with their own solution, however arbitrators are usually quite experienced at helping people resolve disputes without having go through the courts, so they will often be able to do this quickly if necessary.

The family court judges

There are two different types of judges who work in the family courts, these are district court judges and supreme court judges. The main difference between them is that district court judges usually only deal with cases within certain geographical areas while supreme court judges special hearings should always take place as close to the first appearance as possible so that interactions between people can be kept to a minimum.

Judges make decisions based upon evidence provided by both sides during family court proceedings, however they are also able to take into account any relevant information which has not been presented if they have good reason to do so. This might include individual family history or other relevant details about particular parties.

The roles played in the family courts in California

There are many different people who contribute to making sure that everything runs smoothly during a family court case, these are usually listed below :-

– Parties – these are the parents/couples themselves who often have disputes regarding child related issues. They must attend hearings and prepare their own cases using the help of family lawyers if necessary before presenting this information to judges so that all facts can be presented as accurately as possible.

– Lawyers – These are the people who help parents/couples prepare their cases and decide how much information should be included in documents to ensure that everything is fair enough to work efficiently inside family courts. They must represent clients well during hearings otherwise this might lead to them losing a case.

– Family consultants – These people usually work for family services agencies, they act as counsellors or mediators between parents/couples before, during and after family court proceedings. Their job is to help explain what will happen if particular decisions are made by judges which can make things easier for parents/couples to understand what will happen next (although it’s important to remember that these people cannot guarantee anything).

– Court mediators – These people work for the family courts and they help parents/couples communicate with each other and resolve any disputes when they meet in person. They may also work with parties after proceedings to advise them about what might happen if their interactions go well or not so well, this can make future meetings between parents/couples easier because its less stressful (however it is important to remember that court mediators cannot force anything to happen).

– Family lawyers – these are independent practitioners who specialize in different areas of family law such as divorce disputes and child custody hearings.

Full list of County Family Courts in California

Alameda County Family Court, California

Alpine County Family Court, California

Amador County Family Court, California

Butte County Family Court, California

Calaveras County Family Court, California

Colusa County Family Court, California

Contra Costa County Family Court, California

Del Norte County Family Court, California

El Dorado County Family Court, California

Fresno County Family Court, California

Glenn County Family Court, California

Humboldt County Family Court, California

Imperial County Family Court, California

Inyo County Family Court, California

Kern County Family Court, California

Kings County Family Court, California

Lake County Family Court, California

Lassen County Family Court, California

Los Angeles County Family Court, California

Madera County Family Court, California

Marin County Family Court, California

Mariposa County Family Court, California

Mendocino County Family Court, California

Merced County Family Court, California

Modoc County Family Court, California

Mono County Family Court, California

Monterey County Family Court, California

Napa County Family Court, California

Nevada County Family Court, California

Orange County Family Court, California

Placer County Family Court, California

Plumas County Family Court, California

Riverside County Family Court, California

Sacramento County Family Court, California

San Benito County Family Court, California

San Bernardino County Family Court, California

San Diego County Family Court, California

San Francisco County Family Court, California

San Joaquin County Family Court, California

San Luis Obispo County Family Court, California

San Mateo County Family Court, California

Santa Barbara County Family Court, California

Santa Clara County Family Court, California

Santa Cruz County Family Court, California

Shasta County Family Court, California

Sierra County Family Court, California

Siskiyou County Family Court, California

Solano County Family Court, California

Sonoma County Family Court, California

Stanislaus County Family Court, California

Sutter County Family Court, California

Tehama County Family Court, California

Trinity County Family Court, California

Tulare County Family Court, California

Tuolumne County Family Court, California

Ventura County Family Court, California

Yolo County Family Court, California

Yuba County Family Court, California

Full list of Local Family Courts in California

Family Court Alameda, California

Family Court Alhambra, California

Family Court Aliso Viejo, California

Family Court Altadena, California

Family Court Anaheim, California

Family Court Antelope, California

Family Court Antioch, California

Family Court Apple Valley, California

Family Court Arcadia, California

Family Court Arden-Arcade, California

Family Court Arlanza, California

Family Court Azusa, California

Family Court Bakersfield, California

Family Court Baldwin Park, California

Family Court Beaumont, California

Family Court Bellflower, California

Family Court Berkeley, California

Family Court Boyle Heights, California

Family Court Brandeis, California

Family Court Brentwood, California

Family Court Buena Park, California

Family Court Burbank, California

Family Court Camarillo, California

Family Court Canoga Park, California

Family Court Canyon Country, California

Family Court Carlsbad, California

Family Court Carmichael, California

Family Court Carson, California

Family Court Castro Valley, California

Family Court Cathedral City, California

Family Court Centerville District, California

Family Court Ceres, California

Family Court Cerritos, California

Family Court Chico, California

Family Court Chinatown, California

Family Court Chino, California

Family Court Chino Hills, California

Family Court Chula Vista, California

Family Court Citrus Heights, California

Family Court Clovis, California

Family Court Colton, California

Family Court Compton, California

Family Court Concord, California

Family Court Cordelia, California

Family Court Corona, California

Family Court Costa Mesa, California

Family Court Covina, California

Family Court Cupertino, California

Family Court Cypress, California

Family Court Daly City, California

Family Court Davis, California

Family Court Declezville, California

Family Court Delano, California

Family Court Diamond Bar, California

Family Court Dove Canyon, California

Family Court Downey, California

Family Court Dublin, California

Family Court East Irvine, California

Family Court East Los Angeles, California

Family Court Eastvale, California

Family Court Eberly, California

Family Court Eden, California

Family Court El Cajon, California

Family Court El Dorado Hills, California

Family Court El Monte, California

Family Court Elk Grove, California

Family Court Encinitas, California

Family Court Escondido, California

Family Court Fairfield, California

Family Court Florence-Graham, California

Family Court Florin, California

Family Court Folsom, California

Family Court Fontana, California

Family Court Fountain Valley, California

Family Court Fremont, California

Family Court Fresno, California

Family Court Fullerton, California

Family Court Garden Grove, California

Family Court Gardena, California

Family Court Gilroy, California

Family Court Glendale, California

Family Court Glendora, California

Family Court Grapeland, California

Family Court Hacienda Heights, California

Family Court Hanford, California

Family Court Hawthorne, California

Family Court Hayward, California

Family Court Hemet, California

Family Court Hesperia, California

Family Court Highland, California

Family Court Highland Park, California

Family Court Hollywood, California

Family Court Huntington Beach, California

Family Court Huntington Park, California

Family Court Indio, California

Family Court Inglewood, California

Family Court Irvine, California

Family Court Irvington District, California

Family Court Jurupa Valley, California

Family Court Koreatown, California

Family Court La Costa, California

Family Court La Habra, California

Family Court La Mesa, California

Family Court La Mirada, California

Family Court La Quinta, California

Family Court La Sierra, California

Family Court Laguna, California

Family Court Laguna Niguel, California

Family Court Lake Elsinore, California

Family Court Lake Forest, California

Family Court Lakewood, California

Family Court Lancaster, California

Family Court Liberty, California

Family Court Livermore, California

Family Court Lodi, California

Family Court Long Beach, California

Family Court Los Angeles, California

Family Court Lynwood, California

Family Court Madera, California

Family Court Manteca, California

Family Court Mayfield, California

Family Court Menifee, California

Family Court Merced, California

Family Court Milpitas, California

Family Court Mira Mesa, California

Family Court Mission District, California

Family Court Mission Viejo, California

Family Court Modesto, California

Family Court Montalvo, California

Family Court Montebello, California

Family Court Monterey Park, California

Family Court Moreno Valley, California

Family Court Mountain View, California

Family Court Murrieta, California

Family Court Napa, California

Family Court National City, California

Family Court Newark, California

Family Court Newhall, California

Family Court Newport Beach, California

Family Court Niles District, California

Family Court Niles Junction, California

Family Court North Glendale, California

Family Court North Highlands, California

Family Court North Hills, California

Family Court North Hollywood, California

Family Court North Long Beach, California

Family Court North Ontario, California

Family Court Northridge, California

Family Court Norwalk, California

Family Court Novato, California

Family Court Oakland, California

Family Court Oceanside, California

Family Court Ontario, California

Family Court Orange, California

Family Court Oxnard, California

Family Court Palm Desert, California

Family Court Palm Springs, California

Family Court Palmdale, California

Family Court Palo Alto, California

Family Court Paramount, California

Family Court Pasadena, California

Family Court Perris, California

Family Court Petaluma, California

Family Court Pico Rivera, California

Family Court Pittsburg, California

Family Court Placentia, California

Family Court Pleasanton, California

Family Court Pomona, California

Family Court Porterville, California

Family Court Poway, California

Family Court Rancho Cordova, California

Family Court Rancho Cucamonga, California

Family Court Rancho Penasquitos, California

Family Court Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Family Court Redding, California

Family Court Redlands, California

Family Court Redondo Beach, California

Family Court Redwood City, California

Family Court Rialto, California

Family Court Richmond, California

Family Court Riverside, California

Family Court Rocklin, California

Family Court Rosemead, California

Family Court Roseville, California

Family Court Rowland Heights, California

Family Court Sacramento, California

Family Court Salinas, California

Family Court San Bernardino, California

Family Court San Clemente, California

Family Court San Diego, California

Family Court San Francisco, California

Family Court San Jacinto, California

Family Court San Jose, California

Family Court San Leandro, California

Family Court San Luis Obispo, California

Family Court San Marcos, California

Family Court San Mateo, California

Family Court San Pedro, California

Family Court San Rafael, California

Family Court San Ramon, California

Family Court Santa Ana, California

Family Court Santa Barbara, California

Family Court Santa Clara, California

Family Court Santa Clarita, California

Family Court Santa Cruz, California

Family Court Santa Maria, California

Family Court Santa Monica, California

Family Court Santa Rosa, California

Family Court Santee, California

Family Court Sepulveda, California

Family Court Sherman Oaks, California

Family Court Simi Valley, California

Family Court South Gate, California

Family Court South San Francisco, California

Family Court South Whittier, California

Family Court Southgate, California

Family Court Spadra, California

Family Court Stockton, California

Family Court Sunnyvale, California

Family Court Talbert, California

Family Court Temecula, California

Family Court Thousand Oaks, California

Family Court Torrance, California

Family Court Tracy, California

Family Court Tulare, California

Family Court Turlock, California

Family Court Tustin, California

Family Court Union City, California

Family Court Universal City, California

Family Court Upland, California

Family Court Vacaville, California

Family Court Valencia, California

Family Court Vallejo, California

Family Court Valley Glen, California

Family Court Van Nuys, California

Family Court Ventura, California

Family Court Verdugo City, California

Family Court Victorville, California

Family Court Visalia, California

Family Court Vista, California

Family Court Walnut Creek, California

Family Court Warm Springs District, California

Family Court Watsonville, California

Family Court West Covina, California

Family Court West Sacramento, California

Family Court Westminster, California

Family Court Whittier, California

Family Court Wilmington, California

Family Court Woodland, California

Family Court Woodland Hills, California

Family Court Yorba Linda, California

Family Court Yuba City, California

Family Court Yucaipa, California

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