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UPDATED: Jul 14, 2021

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If you would like to learn more about California divorce laws, research the California Code on your own, or simply need a lawyer specializing in California divorce law at this time, you will find the resources you need right here.

California Divorce Resources:

Every county in California has its own Family Law Court in Superior Court, usually with some type of associated Family Court Services office which handles the administration of state law mandated mediation orientation, custody and visitation mediation and evaluations etc., as well as administration of whatever self-help clinics and other support programs which may be funded by the individual county. There may be different local rules and forms for some Family Law proceedings in each county, so it is important to always check with the Family Court in the county where you file your divorce. That county will retain jurisdiction over your child custody and support matters, even if you move, until you make a formal request before the Court for a change of location (venue) to the new county where you reside, in or out of California.

California Courts Self-Help Center: Divorce, Legal Separation & Annulment:
Legal information and forms for use by the general public, covering divorce, legal separation, annulment, property division, child custody, child visitation and child support.

California Courts Self-Help Center: Domestic Violence:
Legal information and forms covering domestic violence issues for use by the general public.

Center for Families, Children and the Courts:
The CFCC website provides information about CFCC publications and resources, dedicated to meeting the needs of families and children involved in the court system and improving the quality of justice for this population.

California Department of Child Support Services (Child Support FAQ):
Basic questions about California child support are answered.

California Legal Aid Society Information:
Directory of California Legal Aid Societies by county.

Free Advice Divorce Articles:
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Effect of Divorce on Estate Planning/Wills

California Divorce Laws:
California Divorce Overview
California Divorce & Separation
California Divorce & Finances
California Divorce & Children

California Divorce/Child Support/Child Custody Lawyers:
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How a Family Lawyer Can Help

California Online Divorce Services: – An online documentation service that helps users file for divorce.– Offers an affordable way to file for uncontested divorces online.

California Family Law Statutes:

California Legal Separation: California Family Code Sections 2330-2347

California Divorce:
Grounds/Fault – No-Fault: California Family Code Section 2310
Residency/Where to File: California Family Code Sections 2320, 2339
Simplified or Special Procedures: California Family Code Sections 2400-2406
Divorce Mediation: California Family Code Section 3170
Annulment: California Family Code Sections 2200, 2201

California Divorce and Finances:
Property Division/Debts: California Family Code Sections 2581, 2601, 2602, 2621-3, 2625, 2641
Spousal Support: California Family Code Sections 3651, 3653-54, 4320, 4330-47, 4339

California Divorce and Children:
Child Custody: California Family Code Sections 3002-04, 3006-07, 3024-25, 3080-89, 3400
Child Support: California Family Code Sections 3028, 3580, 3651-53, 3900, 3901, 4001, 4007, 4009, 4011-13

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