Any person can choose to represent themselves in their California family law matter. It is not required to hire an attorney. In fact, in many routine family law matters, hiring an attorney is simply not necessary.
California Family Law matters can be uncontested (meaning the parties involved agree with each other) or contested matters (the parties don’t agree.)
In uncontested proceedings, the parties involved are able to keep their case “out of court,” agreeing to a complete resolution of all the issues without a formal court hearing or trial through a written marital settlement agreement. Sometimes the parties are able to reach agreements from the outset, and sometimes negotiation between the parties is required. Even if a matter is considered “uncontested,” the final resolution of all matters must be approved by the court.
Some courts require a short uncontested hearing to be held, where the Court will review and approve any agreements made by the parties on the record after brief testimony of one or both parties, and some courts will approve the agreement without a hearing.
For more specific information on a variety of California family law issues, click here.
As a non-attorney legal document preparation service, our office provides a variety of family law document preparation services at a very low cost. Some of our family law services include:
Terminating a marriage through divorce, annulment or legal separation
Preparing Marital Settlement Agreements
Establishing court orders about child custody, visitation, support or spousal support
Modifying court orders about child custody, visitation, support or spousal support
Preparing Responses to Petitions and/or various types of Motions in contested matters
Effecting the formal division of retirement plans through a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)
Obtaining move-away orders
Bifurcation of divorce proceedings (allows the marriage to be terminated prior to the settlement of the issues)
Preparing Stipulations and Orders by mutual agreement of the parties including modification of Judgments or previous court orders
We can prepare all necessary court documents in most routine proceedings covered by the family law courts in California. There is no need to hire an attorney. We make it easy for you to represent yourself. Select one of our packaged services or, for more information on a specific topic of interest, visit the California family law news section of our website.
Marriage and Domestic Partnerships Proceedings – (Full Service)
Short term Marriage/Domestic Partnership (no personal property, children or real property)
Marriage/Domestic Partnership with personal property (NO children, includes written Agreement)
Marriage/Domestic Partnership with children (Includes written Agreement)
Marriage/Domestic Partnership with real property (Includes written Agreement)
Summary Dissolution (Please check qualifications for Summary Dissolution)
Termination of Domestic Partnership through Secretary of State (Please check qualifications for Secretary of State procedure)
Petition Only OR Response to Dissolution
NEW “DOCUMENTS ONLY” SERVICE for Marriage and Domestic Partnerships Proceedings. Budget option for documents only. Services do not include any case management or filing services.
Preparation of standard dissolution or legal separation documents for short-term marriage or domestic partnership (no personal property, children or real property, with filing instructions). Includes all standard documents from Summons to Judgment.
Preparation of standard dissolution or legal separation documents for marriage or domestic partnership (with filing instructions.) Includes all standard documents from Summons and Petition through Judgment based on parties signing a drafted Marital Settlement Agreement (does not address any separate or community real property.)
Preparation of standard dissolution or legal separation documents for marriage or domestic partnership (with filing instructions.) Includes all standard documents from Summons and Petition through Judgment based on parties signing a drafted Marital Settlement Agreement which addresses separate or community real property division.)
Custody or Visitation Motion (RFO)
Custody, Visitation and/or Support Motion (RFO)
Emergency Custody or Visitation Motion (RFO) Includes request for temporary orders.
$875 min. (add $250 for 24 hr. RUSH preparation)
Emergency Custody, Visitation, Support Motion Includes request for temporary orders.
$975 min. (add $250 for 24 hour RUSH preparation)
Custody, Visitation and Support Motion with Paternity Petition
Ex Parte to Terminate Child Support at 18
Motion for Change of Venue
Other motions with more than 2 issues
$575 + $100/issue over 2
Motion for Bifurcation and Final Judgment documentation
Restraining Order (no children)
Restraining Order (with children)
Marital Settlement Agreement only
Stipulation and Order
Paternity petition with Stipulated Judgment
Pre or postnuptial Agreement (basic)
Nuptial Agreement with complex, custom clauses
Petition for Grandparent Visitation within existing Active Family Law Case
Petition for Grandparent Visitation without Active Family Law Case
QDRO with Joinder
Preliminary or Final Disclosure Package
Application to Serve by Publication
Guideline Support Calculations (3 report variations)
Trial Brief for family law trial (summary of issues only)
$500 min. (depending on issues)
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