Family Law Programs

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The description of the programs below represent efforts by individual trial courts to enhance access
to justice throughout the state. If you are looking for specific guidance on any of these topics, please
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Brief Focused Assessments - Santa Clara Superior Court
Judicial officers may order Brief Focused Assessments by court-appointed mental health professionals on limited issues related to child custody and visitation as an alternative to court-ordered full evaluations.

EDS–FOAH (Electronic Document System–Formal Order After Hearing) - Sacramento Superior Court New Program
The Sacramento Superior Court implemented the Electronic Document System (EDS)-Formal Order After Hearing (FOAH) service that helps litigants receive enforceable court orders after their judgements in one day. With the new system, it only takes a few minutes for the judge to prepare the order and for the parties to receive it. If the parties have a Public Case Access (PCA) account, they can also get email notification and view the FOAH online. This service integrates all of the elements needed to electronically capture a judge's decision, including incorporating pieces of the mediator report, financial calculations, and creates a FOAH in a more efficient and effective manner and more readable format.

Family Court Services Mediation Tier System - Fresno Superior Court 
Mediation services are provided through a tier-based system in which the type of mediation provided is determined based on specific case criteria (e.g., emergency circumstances, domestic violence).

Family Court Services Online Orientation - Santa Clara Superior Court
An online orientation is now being offered for Family Court Service participants. Parties ordered to attend orientation now have the option of choosing to attend a class in person or online by logging on to their home computer, laptop, or mobile device.

Family Law Facilitator's Office Online Workshop (FLOW) Reservation System - San Diego Superior Court
An online system that allows users to schedule appointments for a variety of Family Law Facilitator workshops and download forms to bring with them to the workshops.

Improved Services for Families in Crisis - San Bernardino Superior Court
Family law cases that meet specific criteria (e.g., requests for modifications, domestic violence or safety issues, cases with no orders) are set for an expedited hearing before a judge to determine if Child Custody Recommending Counseling is needed and, if so, the appointment is scheduled.

Mediation Participation by Skype - Santa Clara Superior Court
Litigants in Family Court Services going through the mediation process may appear via Skype to address the needs of litigants who may be unable to participate in person.

Notification of Continuance/Settlement Forms - San Diego Superior Court
Using an online system, family law litigants are able to alert the court clerk that one or both of the parties with an upcoming hearing will be requesting a continuance or that the parties have reached a settlement.

One-Day Divorce - Sacramento Superior Court
Volunteer attorneys and law students assist self-represented litigants with preparing all of the necessary paperwork in order to complete their dissolution of marriage and obtain a final judgment in one day.

Online Non-recommending Mediation Orientation Program - Napa Superior Court  
An online orientation for non-recommending mediation, developed and created to better prepare for impending mediation in the court Family Court Services department.

Robo Call - Santa Clara Superior Court
An automated calling system to provide self represented litigants who have hearings set on the Case Status Conference Calendar with an automated reminder one week prior to their scheduled hearing date.

Self-Represented Litigants Facilitator Management - Sutter Superior Court
The Family Law Facilitator provides Family Law Status Conferences at regular intervals from the date of filing.

Self-Represented Party Calendar - Orange Superior Court
Provides self-represented parties with a team of resources (e.g., self-help attorneys, court staff, Family Court Services mediators, volunteer attorneys, and family law judicial officers) to assist with their family law cases when they appear in court.

Related Programs

Justice Partners Collaboration: Binational Justice Project - Imperial Superior Court
The court signed agreements with Mexican authorities to permit enforcement of family court orders across the nation's border. The court also partnered with Mexican entities to provide free legal services to self-represented family law litigants.  

Restraining Orders: Domestic Violence E-Fax Filing Program - Riverside Superior Court
Petitioners complete requests for domestic violence restraining orders online. Requests are then electronically fax filed.

Self-Help: e-Correspondence - Sacramento Superior Court
A web-based service available to parties to submit questions and receive e-mail responses regarding family law cases and legal procedures.

Self-Help: Self-Help Online Workshop Registration - Monterey Superior Court
Family law litigants can register online for the court's self-help workshops, and schedule Self-Help Center appointments.

Tribal-State: CASA Volunteer Cross Assignment Appointments in Tribal and State Court - Imperial Superior Court and the Quechan Tribal Court
The Quechan Tribal Court and Imperial Superior Court CASA Volunteer Appointments program allows for CASA volunteers to be sworn in by the tribal court and the state court, who can follow a child despite the separate jurisdictions of the two courts.

Tribal-State: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Stakeholders' Roundtable - Los Angeles Superior Court
A stakeholders' roundtable created to bring together all Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) stakeholders in Los Angeles for quarterly meetings in an effort to improve relations, increase effective communication, work on collaborative projects, improve long standing issues, and overall provide better potential outcomes for Native American families.

Tribal-State: Protocol for Registering Tribal Court Protective Orders - El Dorado County Superior Court and Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court
The El Dorado Superior Court, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court, and the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department, developed a joint protocol that enabled all tribal protective orders (DVPA and civil harassment) be entered into the California Restraining and Protective Orders System (CARPOS) through the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (CLETS) just as a state court order would be.

Tribal-State: Tribal Alliance - Riverside Superior Court
This collaboration strives to develop culturally appropriate services to minimize court and county intervention and increase tribal participation in issues involving Native American children and families.

Tribal-State: Tribal-State Child Support Collaboration - Inyo Superior Court and Bishop Paiute Tribal Court
The Tribal State Court-Child Support Collaboration project facilitated the first tribal acknowledgement in the State of California, (the Bishop Paiute Tribe) that honors child support orders originating out of a California superior court.

Tribal-State: Tribal-State Child Support Collaboration - Yurok Tribal Court with Humboldt Superior Court and Del Norte Superior Court
A consistent statewide transfer process of child support-related court cases that are currently receiving state title IV-D child support services, from the superior court to the tribal community court system. Tribal-State: Tribal-State Court