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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Family & Children
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Divorce & Parentage
Custody & Visitation
Child Support
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Divorce & Parentage

Custody & Visitation

Child Support

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Family & Children

Family law is the term generally used when referring to actions for divorce, legal separation, annulment, parentage, child custody, visitation, support (child and spousal), domestic violence restraining orders, and family related issues. Court hearings on these types of issues are heard in Family Court.

  • (FLOW) Family Law Facilitator's Office Online Workshop Reservation System

    Don't have time to wait in line? Schedule an appointment online, download the required forms and receive a checklist for the following Family Law Facilitator workshops:
    • Divorce - start a divorce, legal separation or nullity case
    • Guardianships - start a guardianship

Visit to schedule your appointment.

  • See the Court Reporter Information page for information about court reporters.

  • The online webform, Notice of Continuance Request/Settlement, is available on the assigned judicial officer's/department's page located under "Judges and Departments".

  • See the Language Access page for information about requesting an interpreter.

  • Click here to request a copy of a transcript.

Divorce, Legal Separation, or Annulment
Persons wishing to terminate their marital or domestic partner relationship may file for divorce, legal separation, or annulment. Issues of child custody, visitation, support, and property division may also be resolved in those cases.

Parents who are not married may file a parentage (paternity) action to establish the existence of a parent-child relationship. Besides determining the existence (or non-existence) of a parent-child relationship, issues of child custody, visitation, and support may also be addressed.

Domestic Violence
Persons involved in situations where abuse has occurred (or threats of abuse) between them and a person they have a close personal relationship with, may apply for domestic violence restraining orders in Family Court.

Self Help Services
Family law cases involve serious, and often complex, legal issues. You should consider consulting with a family law attorney before you make the choice to represent yourself. If you decide to represent yourself and need general legal information or help in filling out court forms, self help services are available through the Family Law Facilitator's Office. Detailed information can also be located on the California Courts website under the "Self-Help" section at

For certain actions, you may be eligible for a free attorney. Click here for information.

Monthly payments for fees may be submitted by credit card through the online payment system. Enter the case number exactly as printed on your Payment Notice, and your date of birth as instructed on the online payment link, by the due date. Failure to make timely payments as ordered by the court may result in a referral to a collection agency for any unpaid fees, and/or in a dismissal of your case.

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