COMPLETE PAPERS & GO TO COURTHOUSE TO FILE LEGAL PAPERS
Complete the following forms:
FL-260 Petition for Custody & Support of Minor Children
FL-311 Custody Visitation Attachment
FL013 Statement of Venue
FL-150 Income and Expense Declaration
Make 2 copies of all original documents.
Take originals and 2 copies to the courthouse. Bring money to pay the filing fee if you do not qualify for a fee waiver. The clerk will assign a case number, file your originals and return the 2 copies to you.
GIVE THE OTHER PARTY A COPY OF LEGAL PAPERS
The other party must receive a copy of all the legal papers, in addition to a Notice of Case Assignment and a blank FL-270 Response, blank FL-105 UCCJEA and blank FL-150 Income and Expense Declaration. The person giving the other party these papers could be a friend, relative, private process server or the Sheriff’s Department. This person must also be 18 years or older and cannot be you. This is called “personal service.” If the other party won’t take the papers, it is okay to drop the papers at their feet. Do not give the other party the original FL-115 Proof of Service of Summons. The person who gave the legal documents to the other party must sign and complete the FL-115 Proof of Service of Summons and return it to you so that you may file it with the Court.
WAIT 30 DAYS
Wait 30 days after the papers were given to the other party. If the other party decides to file a FL-270 Response, a copy of it should have been mailed to you.
ATTEND PARENTING CLASS
If you have minor children, you must complete the online parenting class that deals with the impact of divorce and separation on children. The class is free and you can register by going to the following link http://parenting.familieschange.ca.gov/ or call (805) 781-5423 for more information about the class.
DECIDE HOW TO PROCEED WITH YOUR CASE. CHOOSE A, B or C
A. Default: If no FL-270 Response was filed, you may proceed by default and request to obtain the orders you requested in your FL-260 Petition.
B. Uncontested: Regardless of whether a FL-270 Response was filed, if you and the other party agree on all the issues in your case, you may prepare a Stipulated Judgment.
C. Trial: If a FL-270 Response was filed and no agreement can be reached, the judge will decide all the issues in your case.
PREPARE YOUR FINAL JUDGMENT
You will need to prepare your final judgment along with other necessary documents. When the judge signs your final judgment, your case will be finalized. See the Family Law Facilitator for detailed instructions.