California Family Code

[Selected Portions]

Table of Contents

DIVISION 1.      PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS AND DEFINITIONS

Part 2.   Definitions .. 50-155

DIVISION 2.      GENERAL PROVISIONS

Part 1. Jurisdiction .. 200
Part 2. General Procedural Provisions... 210-217
Part 3. Temporary Restraining Order in Summons..231-235
Part 4. Ex Parte Temporary Restraining Orders ..240-246
Part 5. Attorney's Fees and Costs ..270-274
Part 6. Enforcement of Judgments and Orders ..290-292
Part 7. Tribal Marriages and Divorces... 295

DIVISION 2.5.      DOMESTIC PARTNER REGISTRATION

Part 1. Definitions ..297-297.5
Part 2. Registration ..298-298.6
Part 3. Termination ..299-299.3
Part 4. Legal Effect...[See Part1. Definitions. 297.5]
Part 5. Preemption ..299.6

DIVISION 3.      MARRIAGE

Part 1. Validity of Marriage ....... 300-310
Part 2. Marriage License and Certificate of Registry ... 350-360
Part 3. Solemnization of Marriage
          Chapter 1. Persons Authorized to Solemnize Marriage . 400-402
          Chapter 2. Solemnization of Marriage...... 420-426
Part 4. Confidential Marriage
          Chapter 1. General Provisions..... 500-511
          Chapter 2. Approval of Notaries to Authorize Confidential Marriages.... 530-536

DIVISION 4.      RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS DURING MARRIAGE

Part 1. General Provisions
Chapter 1. Definitions ... 700
Chapter 2. Relation of Husband and Wife ..... 720-721
Chapter 3. Property Rights During Marriage .. 750-755

Part 2. Characterization of Marital Property

Chapter 1. Community Property..... 760-761
Chapter 2. Seperate Property ...... 770-772
Chapter 3. Damages for Injuries to Married Person ..... 780-783
Chapter 4. Presumptions Concerning the Nature of Property . 802-803
Chapter 5. Transmutation of Property ........ 850-853

Part 3. Liability of Marital Property

Chapter 1. Definitions .. 900-903
Chapter 2. General Rules of Liability ....... 910-916
Chapter 3. Reimbursement . . . . . .920
Chapter 4. Transitional Provisions....... 930-931
Chapter 5. Liability for Death or Injury ..... 1000

Part 4. Management and Control of Marital Property... 1100-1103

Part 5. Marital Agreements

Chapter 1. General Provisions ... 1500-1503
Chapter 2. Uniform Premarital Agreement Act
                    Article 1. Preliminary Provisions ........ 1600-1601
                     Article 2. Premarital Agreements ......... 1610-1617
Chapter 3. Agreements Between Husband and Wife ......... 1620


DIVISION 5.      CONCILIATION PROCEEDINGS

Part 1. Family Conciliation Court Law

Chapter 1. General Provisions ... 1800-1802
Chapter 2. Family Conciliation Courts ..... 1810-1820
Chapter 3. Proceedings for Conciliation ... 1830-1842

Part 2. Statewide Coordination of Family Mediation and Conciliation Services.... 1850-1852

DIVISION 6.      NULLITY, DISSOLUTION, AND LEGAL SEPARATION

Part 1. General Provisions

Chapter 1. Application of Part ..... 2000
Chapter 2. Jurisdiction ......... 2010-2013
Chapter 3. Procedural Provisions....2020-2026
Chapter 3.5.  Attorney's Fees and Costs.... 2030-2034
Chapter 4. Protective and Restraining Orders
          Article 1. Orders in Summons ... 2040-2041
          Article 2. Ex Parte Orders ........ 2045
          Article 3. Orders After Notice and Hearing .. 2047
          Article 4. Orders Included in Judgment ...... 2049
Chapter 5. Notice to Insurance Carriers... 2050-2053
Chapter 6. Employee Benefit Pension Plan as Party
          Article 1. Joinder of Plan ..... 2060-2065
          Article 2. Proceedings After Joinder ..... 2070-2074
Chapter 7. Restoration of Wife's Former Name........ 2080-2082
Chapter 8. Uniform Divorce Recognition Act 2090-2093
Chapter 9. Disclosure of Assets and Liabilities ..... 2100-2113
Chapter 10. Relief from Judgment.......... 2120-2129

Part 2. Judicial Determination of Void or Voidable Marriage

Chapter 1. Void Marriage........ 2200-2201
Chapter 2. Voidable Marriage.... 2210-2212
Chapter 3. Procedural Provisions..... 2250-2255

Part 3. Dissolution of Marriage and Legal Separation

Chapter 1. Effect of Dissolution... 2300
Chapter 2. Grounds for Dissolution or Legal Separation..... 2310-2313
Chapter 3. Residence Requirements ......... 2320-2322
Chapter 4. General Procedural Provisions .. 2330-2348
Chapter 5. Summary Dissolution.. 2400-2406
Chapter 6. Case Management ...... 2450-2452

DIVISION 7.      DIVISION OF PROPERTY

Part 1. Definitions .... 2500-2502
Part 2. General Provisions ....... 2550-2556
Part 3. Presumption Concerning Property Held in Joint Form.. 2580-2581
Part 4. Special Rules for Division of Community Estate ... 2600-2604
Part 5. Retirement Plan Benefits .... 2610
Part 6. Debts and Liabilities .... 2620-2628
Part 7. Reimbursements . 2640-2641
Part 8. Jointly Held Separate Property ...... 2650
Part 9. Real Property Located in Another State 2660

DIVISION 8.      CUSTODY OF CHILDREN

Part 1. Definitions and General Provisions

Chapter 1. Definitions 3000-3007
Chapter 2. General Provisions .. 3010-3011

Part 2. Right to Custody of Minor Child

Chapter 1. General Provisions ... 3020-3032
Chapter 2. Matters to be Considered in Granting Custody ..... 3040-3048
Chapter 3. Temporary Custody Order During Pendency of Proceeding.3060-3064
Chapter 4. Joint Custody........ 3080-3089
Chapter 5. Visitation Rights .... 3100-3105
Chapter 6. Custody Investigation and Report......... 3110-3118
Chapter 7. Action for Exclusive Custody..... 3120-3121
Chapter 8. Location of Missing Party or Child....... 3130-3135
Chapter 9. Check to Determine Whether Child is Missing Person .... 3140
Chapter 10. Appointment of Counsel to Represent Child ......... 3150-3153
Chapter 11. Mediation of Custody and Visitation Issues
          Article 1. General Provisions .. 3160-3165
          Article 2. Availability of Mediation ..... 3170-3173
          Article 3. Mediation Proceedings ......... 3175-3188
Chapter 12. Counseling of Parents and Child......... 3190-3192
Chapter 13. Supervised Visitation and Exchanged Services,Education, and Counseling ..... 3200-3204

Part 3. UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION AND ENFORCEMENT ACT

Chapter 1. General Provisions ... 3400-3412
Chapter 2. Jurisdiction ......... 3421-3430
Chapter 3. Enforcement.....3441-3457
Chapter 4. Miscellaneous Provisions....... 3461-3465

DIVISION 9.      SUPPORT

Part 1. Definitions and General Provisions

Chapter 1. Definitions.....3500-3515
Chapter 2. General Provisions... 3550-3558
Chapter 3. Support Agreements
          Article 1. General Provisions ..... 3580
          Article 2. Child Support ....... 3585-3587
          Article 3. Spousal Support ..... 3590-3593
Chapter 4.Spousal and Child Support during Pendency of Proceeding...
. 3600-3604
Chapter 5. Expedited Child Support Order.. 3620-3634
Chapter 6. Modification, Termination,, or Set Aside of Support Orders
          Article 1. General Provisions .. 3650-3654
          Article 2. Discovery Before Commencing Modification or Termination Proceeding ........ 3660-3668
          Article 3. Simplified Procedure for Modification of Support Order ... 3680-3680.5
          Article 4. Relief From Orders .. 3690-3693
Chapter 7.Health Insurance
          Article 1. Health Insurance Coverage for Supported Child ..... 3750-3753
          Article 2. Health Insurance Coverage Assignment .... 3760-3773
          Article 3. Assignment of Reimbursement Rights Under Health Plan
Chapter 8. Deferred Sale or Home Order .... 3800-3810
Chapter 9. Software Used to Determine Support..... 3830

Part 2. CHILD SUPPORT

Chapter 1. Duty of Parent to Support Child

          Article 1. Support of Minor Child ........ 3900-3902
          Article 2. Support of Adult Child . 3910
          Article 3. Support of Grandchild .. 3930
          Article 4. Liability to Others Who Provide Support for Child 3950-3952
Chapter 2. Court-Ordered Child Support
          Article 1. General Provisions .. 4000-4014
          Article 2. Statewide Uniform Guideline ... 4050-4076
          Article 3. Payment to Court Designated County Officer; Enforcement by District Attorney ........ 4200-4205
          Article 4. Child Support Commissioners ... 4250-4253

Part 3. SPOUSAL SUPPORT

Chapter 1.Duty to Support Spouse......... 4300-4303
Chapter 2. Factors to be Considered in Ordering Support....... 4320-4326
Chapter 3. Spousal Support Upon Dissolution or Legal Separation 4330-4339
Chapter 4.Payment to Court-Designated Officer; Enforcement by District Attorney .... 4350-4352
Chapter 5. Provision for Support After Death of Supporting Party ... 4360

Part 4. SUPPORT OF PARENTS

Chapter 1. General Provisions ... 4400-4405
Chapter 2. Relief from Duty to Support Parent Who Abandoned Child...... 4410-4414

Part 5. ENFORCEMENT OF SUPPORT ORDERS

Chapter 1. General Provisions... 4500-4508
Chapter 2. Deposit of Moneyto Secure Future Child Support Payments
          Article 1. General Provisions .. 4550-4554
          Article 2. Order for Deposit of Money .... 4560-4563
          Article 3. Application to Reduce or Eliminate Deposit ........ 4565-4567
          Article 4. Use of Deposit to Make Delinquent Support Payment 4570-4573
Chapter 3. Deposit of Assests to Secure Future Child Support Payments
          Article 1. General Provisions .. 4600-4604
          Article 2. Order for Deposit of Assets ... 4610-4617
          Article 3. Ex Parte Restraining Orders ...... 4620
          Article 4. Use or Sale of Assets to Make Support Payments .... 4630-4632
          Article 5. Return of Assets of Obligor ... 4640-4641
Chapter 4. Child Support Delinquency Reporting ...... 4700-4701
Chapter 5. Civil Penalty for Child Support Delinquency ........ 4720-4733
Chapter 6. Uniform Interstate
          Article 1. General Provisions .. 4900-4903
          Article 2. Jurisdiction ........ 4905-4914
          Article 3. Civil Provisions of General Application . 4915-4933
          Article 4. Establishment of Support Order ... 4935
          Article 5. Enforcement of Order of Another State Without Registration ........ 4940-4946
          Article 6. Enforcement and Modification of Support Order After Registration .. 4950-4964
          Article 7. Determination of Parentage ....... 4965
          Article 8. Interstate Rendition 4970-4971
          Article 9. Miscellaneous Provisions ...... 4975-5005
Chapter 7. Enforcement by Writ Of Execution ......... 5100-5104
Chapter 8. Earinings Assignment Order
          Article 1. Definitions ......... 5200-5220
          Article 2. General Provisions .. 5230-5247
          Article 3. Support Orders Issued or Modified Before July 1, 1990 ...... 5250-5253
          Article 4. Stay of Service of Assignment Order ..... 5260-5261
          Article 5. Motion to Quash Assignment Order ........ 5270-5272
          Article 6. Information Concerning Address and Employment of Obligor ... 5280-5282
          Article 7. Prohibited Practices ... 5290
          Article 8. Judicial Council Forms . 5295
          Article 9. Intercounty Support Obligations ......... 5600-5604

DIVISION 10.      PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Part 1. Short Title and Provisions........ 6200-6219

Part 2. General Provisions ....... 6220-6228

Part 3. Emergency Protective Orders
Chapter 1. General Provisions ... 6240-6241
Chapter 2. Issuance and Effect of Emergency Protective Order.. 6250-6257
Chapter 3. Duties of Law Enforcement Officer........ 6270-6275

Part 4. Protective Orders and Other Domestic Violence Prevention Orders

Chapter 1. General Provisions... 6300-6306
Chapter 2. Issuance of Orders
          Article 1. Ex Parte Orders ..... 6320-6327
          Article 2. Orders Issuable After Notice and Hearing ... 6340-6346
          Article 3. Orders Included in Judgment ... 6360-6361
Chapter 3.  Registration and Enforcement of Orders... 6380-6389

Part 5. Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Violence Protection Orders Act .... 6400-6409

DIVISION 11.      MINORS

Part 1. Age of Majority ... 6500-6502

Part 1.5. Caregivers. .. 6550-6552

Part 2. Rights and Liabilities; Civil Actions and Proceedings .. 6600-6602

Part 3. Contracts
Chapter 1. Capacity Contract ..... 6700-6701
Chapter 2. Disaffirmance of Contracts ..... 6710-6713
Chapter 3. Contracts in Art, Entertainment, and Professional Sport ..... 6750-6753

Part 4. Medical Treatment
Chapter 1. Definitions ..... 6900-6903
Chapter 2. Consent by Person Having Care of Minor or by Court ..... 6910-6911
Chapter 3. Consent by Minor.... 6920-6929

Part 5. Enlistment in Armed Forces ..... 6950

Part 6. Emancipation of Minors Law

Chapter 1. General Provisions ... 7000-7002
Chapter 2. Effect of Emancipation ......... 7050-7052
Chapter 3. Court Declaration of Emancipation
          Article 1. General Provisions .. 7110-7111
          Article 2. Procedure for Declaration ..... 7120-7123
          Article 3. Voiding or Rescinding Declaration ....... 7130-7135
          Article 4. Identification Cards and Information .... 7140-7143

DIVISION 12.      PARENT AND CHILD RELATIONSHIP

Part 1. Rights of Parents ........ 7500-7507

Part 2. Presumption Concerning Child of Marriage and Blood Tests To Determine Paternity

Chapter 1. Child of Wife Cohabiting with Husband .... 7540-7541
Chapter 2. Blood Tests to Determine Paternity....... 7550-7558
Chapter 3. Established of Paternity by Voluntary Declaration..... 7570-7577

Part 3. Uniform Parentage Act

Chapter 1. General Provisions ..... 7600-7606
Chapter 2. Establishing Parent and Child Relationship ......... 7610-7614
Chapter 3. Jurisdiction and Venue .. 7620
Chapter 4. Determination of Parent and Child Relationship
          Article 1. Determination of Father and Child Relationship .... 7630-7644
          Article 1.5. Setting Aside or Vacating Judgment of Paternity 7645-7649.5
          Article 2. Determination of Mother and Child Relationship ....... 7650
Chapter 5. Termination of Parental Rights in Adoption Proceedings ..... 7660-7670
Chapter 6. Protective and Restraining Orders
          Article 1. Orders in Summons ...... 7700
          Article 2. Ex Parte Orders ........ 7710
          Article 3. Orders After Notice and Hearing .. 7720
          Article 4. Orders Included in Judgment ...... 7730

Part 4. Freedom from Parental Custody and Control

Chapter 1. General Provisions... 7800-7808
Chapter 2. Circumstances Where Proceeding May Be Brought ...... 7820-7829
Chapter 3. Procedure
          Article 1. Authorized Petitioners ........ 7840-7841
          Article 2. Venue ........ 7845
          Article 3. Investigation and Report ...... 7850-7852
          Article 4. Appointment of Counsel ........ 7860-7864
          Article 5. Time for Hearing; Continuance . 7870-7871
          Article 6. Notice of Proceeding and Attendance at Hearing .... 7880-7884
          Article 7. Hearing and Subsequent Proceedings ...... 7890-7895

Part 5. Interstate Compact on Placement of Children .. 7900-7912

Part 6. Foster Care Placement Coordination ......... 7950-7952

Part 7.  Surrogacy Facilitators......................................7960-7961

DIVISION 13.      ADOPTION

Part 1. Definitions .... 8500-8548

Part 2. Adoption of Unmarried Minors

Chapter 1. General Provisions..... 8600-8622
Chapter 1.5. Adoption Facilitators........ 8623-8639
Chapter 2. Agency Adoptions ..... 8700-8720
Chapter 2.5. Adoptions by Relatives or Caregiver or Foster Parents ..... 8730-8736
Chapter 3. Independent Adoptions ..... 8800-8823
Chapter 4. Intercountry Adoptions......... 8900-8920
Chapter 5. Steparent Adoptions ..... 9000-9007
Chapter 6. Vacation of Adoption ..... 9100-9102
Chapter 7. Disclosure of Information ...... 9200-9209
Chapter 8. Adoption Proceedings: Conflict of Laws ..... 9210-9212

Part 3. Adoption of Adult and Married Minors
Chapter 1. General Provisions ..... 9300-9307
Chapter 2. Procedure for Adult Adoption ..... 9320-9328
Chapter 3. Procedure for Terminating Adult Adoption.... 9340

DIVISION 14.      FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR ACT ... 10000-10015

DIVISION 17.      SUPPORT SERVICES

Chapter 1. Department of Child Support Services
          Article 1. General ....... 17000
          Article 2. Organization ....... 17200-17212
          Article 3. Director of Child Support Services ..... 17300-17320
Chapter 2. Child Support Enforcement
          Article 1. Support Obligations ..... 17400-17441
          Article 1.5. Delinquent Child Support Obligations and Financial Institution Data Match ..... 17450-17460
          Article 2. Collections and Enforcement ..... 17500-17560
          Article 3. Program Compliance ..... 17600-17604
          Article 4. Program Costs ...... 17701-17714
Chapter 5. Complaint Resolution ..... 17800-17804

DIVISION 20.      PILOT PROJECTS

Part 1. Family Law Pilot Projects

Chapter 1. General Provisions . 20000-20002
Chapter 2. San Mateo County Pilot Project......... 20010-20026
Chapter 3. Santa Clara County Pilot Project....... 20030-20043



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