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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Family & Children: Where To File
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Where To File

Where you go for court services may depend on one or more of the following considerations:

  • Where you live (for example, in which court area or jurisdiction you live)
  • Where the legal issue occurred (for example, in which court area or jurisdiction it happened)
  • Where the court provides the services you need

Child Support
Custody and Visitation
Divorce (Dissolution)
Domestic Violence Restraining Order


Adoption cases are filed at the Juvenile Courthouse and North County Division Courthouse.

Juvenile Court
2851 Meadowlark Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
North County Division Courthouse
325 South Melrose Drive
Visat, CA 92081

Child Support

There are two types of child support orders - governmental and non-governmental.

Governmental Child Support

Only the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) files governmental child support actions. The DCSS is a governmental agency responsible for establishing and enforcing child support. The DCSS is not part of the Superior Court. To apply for DCSS assistance to establish paternity, child support, or medical support, please visit their website at or call 1-866-901-3212 toll free.

If you want to file documents in response to an action filed against you by the DCSS, or in a case being enforced against you by the DCSS, and are not sure where to file, please contact the DCSS at the numbers noted above.

Non-Governmental Child Support

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Divorce (Dissolution)

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Domestic Violence Restraining Order

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(If you have an existing family law case, you may go to the courthouse where that case is filed.)


Guardianship cases must be filed at the Central Courthouse.

Central Courthouse
Probate Business Office - 3rd Floor
San Diego, CA 92101


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