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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
Information and guides about all parts of the adoption process and system for children, families, parents, and others.
All non-biological parents still need an adoption (or parentage judgment from acourt), even if you are married and even if you are listed as a parent on the birthcertificate. New simplified adoption process to protect parentage. How it works. What forms do we need to fill out? Do we need an attorney? What if we don"t qualify for this simplified process?
Getting a social security number for a child.
A 1993 international agreement to certify and accredit the process.
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What is California's definition of special needs? What are the eligibility criteria for California's adoption assistance program? What is the maximum amount a family may receive in non-recurring adoption expense? Does California enter into deferred adoption assistance agreements? What types of postadoption services are available? What mental health services are provided? What is California's process for applying for a fair hearing?
The official CA DSS page for the AAP.
This guide explains what you need to do if you were adopted, you think you are Native American, you live in California and/or were born in California, and you want to enroll in your tribe.
The process varies depending on the origin country.
Legal parentage, second-parent adoption, parentage judgments, custody, and parenting agreements.
Guardianships, dependency proceedings, getting a child out of a shelter, visitation rights of grandparents, when permanent custody is necessary, adoption, foster care, public benefits, relative caregiver options chart, and school issues.
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This resource guide was designed to answer basic legal questions related to marriage, domestic partnerships, parenting, foster care, and youth issues.