Family Law

The Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC) works, at the direction of the Judicial Council, to assist courts throughout the state in handling cases involving a variety of case types including family law. CFCC leverages legal, research, and analytical expertise to help state courts efficiently and effectively provide meaningful access to justice. Family law efforts underway in CFCC include:

Online Resources for Courts and the Public:

Self Help Site (Families & Children section)
Families Change and Changeville;
In addition to assisting parents with information and resources for accessing the courts and resolving parenting disputes, both of these sites provide developmentally appropriate information for young children and teens.  Changeville is an interactive site with extensive information and opportunities to explore feelings and issues that many young people face.  Courts may utilize these onsite resources when providing information to the public on parent education and resources for young people interested in understanding family law divorce and separation legal processes.
Rules, Forms and Legislation
CFCC provides staff to the Judicial Council’s advisory committees, including the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee to help develop statewide rules of court and court forms that respond to changes in the law or requests for new or amended rules of court, forms, or standards of judicial administration. Recent and past proposals may be found at the Invitations to Comment page.
Click here for information about how a proposal becomes a rule of court.

Access to Visitation

Child Support

Court Coordination

Equal Access

Family Court Services

Orientation to Family Court Mediation and Child Custody Recommending Counseling

This video describes the mediation and child custody recommending counseling court process.

Contact Info

Center for Families, Children & the Courts

Operations & Programs Division
Judicial Council of California

455 Golden Gate Avenue, 6th Floor
San Francisco, California