This self-help publication was written by an experienced family law specialist to help family law litigants involved in contested divorce proceedings who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Written in plain English, this handbook offers guidance at every step of the divorce process, and includes references to the Family Code, controlling case law, and mandatory Judicial Council Forms. Topics covered include initiating the dissolution process, obtaining temporary orders, asset and debt division, dealing with custody issues, determining support obligations, and joinders. Particularly helpful are chapters on complex issues related to discovery, modifications using the Order to Show Cause procedure, and contempt actions. The author has also included useful form templates, including a trial brief, a demand for production of documents, and a peremptory challenge.
Representing Yourself in Contested Divorce and Other Family Law Actions: A Handbook for Pro Per Litigants in California is available at both the Main and Branch libraries.
The law library has several other family law titles popular with self-represented litigants, including:
- Practice Under the California Family Code: Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity (CEB)
- Family Law Basics: A Publication of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (Harriett Buhai Center)
To further assist self-represented litigants involved in family law actions, staff librarians have developed several research guides. The guides list relevant library materials, websites, and community resources.
- Resources for Separation, Annulment & Divorce: http://www.acgov.org/law/documents/Resources_for_Separation_and_Divorce.pdf
- Resources for Child Custody & Support: http://www.acgov.org/law/documents/Resources_for_Child_Custody_and_Family_Support.pdf