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AVAILABLE ONLY IN ARIZONA. A person who is qualified according to individual state laws (including certification or registration where required) to serve all process, writs, orders, pleadings, or papers required or permitted by law for service before, during, or independent of a court action.
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California - Family Law
Welcome!
This website helps people who don’t have lawyers, but have family law cases in a California court, such as:
•    Divorce
•    Custody
•    Visitation
•    Child support

              Lawyers may also use this website, but only their clients’ names will be printed on the court forms.
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WHERE TO FILE YOUR CASE:   The first step is to select the correct county to file your court papers.  Read the information below or consult an attorney or your county’s Family Law Facilitator.

To START a case:   

Children:  If you have children, file in the county where the children reside, whether you are filing for divorce, legal separation, paternity issues, or child custody, visitation, or support for parents who were never married.

Divorce:  If you do not have children, file in the county where you or your spouse has lived for the past 3 months.  Note that one of you must also have lived in California for at least 6 months. It does not matter where you got married.

Legal separation: If you have not lived in the county or state long enough to file for divorce, you may file for legal separation by filing papers in the county where you or your spouse currently lives.  Later, when you qualify to file for divorce, you can ask the court to change your request to divorce.

To file into a case that has ALREADY STARTED: Select the county where the original papers were filed (even if you do not live there or if you believe that this is not the correct county for the case).  Note:  You will need the court case number listed on those papers.

What TurboCourt Can Do for You

Fill out & print your court forms.  TurboCourt will ask you questions and use your answers to fill out the forms you need for your family law case.

E-filing is available in some counties. This means after you complete your forms online, you may sign your forms electronically, pay your filing fees, and send your forms to the court electronically. At this time, e-filing is available in San Bernardino County only.

For Other Counties:  After you answer the questions and TurboCourt completes your forms, you will be charged a fee to print your forms.  You must then take your forms to the court clerk for filing.  The court clerk may charge you a “filing fee” to file your forms.  Filing fees are separate from TurboCourt fees.

You cannot use this website to:
• Change an existing custody, visitation, support, or other court order for an existing court case;
• Ask for child custody, visitation, or support orders if you and the other parent are married and you do NOT want a divorce or legal separation

If you need additional information, consult a family law attorney or your county’s Family Law Facilitator for help.



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