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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.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
The purpose of this Email Hotline is for WomensLaw to provide basic legal information, referrals, and emotional support.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
A free and easy way to establish paternity without having to go to court.
ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
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What kind of support can I expect from the other parent? What if we are not married? What if the other parent and I don"t agree about important decisions in our child"s life?
This handbook provides general information about California"s Child Support Services Program. It is intended to help parents, guardians and families understand how to access child support services.
Paternity means fatherhood. Establishing paternity is the process of determining the legal father of a child
The cover sheet for the Declaration of Paternity (CS 909) provides important information for unmarried parents.
The comprehensive guide to your rights and options as a parent, including sample letters to send to the authorities. Topics covered - (1) arrest: what happens to my child? (2) placement: where will my child live? (3) foster care & dependency: how can i keep my family together while i'm in jail or prison? (4) family reunification: how do i get my child back when i get out? (5) making a record: what can i do while i'm in jail or prison? (6) paternity: how do i show i'm the dad? (7) de facto parent: what is it? (8) child support: how can i pay when i don't have any money? (9) special immigrant juvenile status: what is it? who qualifies?
Military fathers may sign paternity before deployment.
The court makes orders that say who the child's legal parents are.
Facts about the legal and financial responsibilities of parenthood.