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California Family Code

* Only accurate as of January 1, 2016.

Division 1. Preliminary Provisions and Definitions

Part 1. Preliminary Provisions ……………………………… 1-13
Part 2. Definitions ………………………………………………. 50-155
Part 3. Indian Children ……………………………………….. 170-185

Division 2. General Provisions

Part 1. Jurisdiction ……………………………………………………………. 200
Part 2. General Procedural Provisions …………………………………. 210-218
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 ……………………………………… 298-298.7
Part 3. Termination ……………………………………… 299-299.3
Part 4. Legal Effect
Part 5. Preemption ……………………………………….. 299.6

Division 3. Marriage

Part 1. Validity Of Marriage ………………………………. 300-310
Part 2. Marriage License ………………………………….. 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 Spouses ………………………………. 720-721
Chapter 3. Property Rights During Marriage ……………. 750-755

Part 2. Characterization Of Marital Property

Chapter 1. Community Property …………………………………………… 760-761
Chapter 2. Separate Property ……………………………………………….. 770-772
Chapter 3. Damages For Injuries To Married Person ………………. 780-783
Chapter 4. Presumptions Concerning 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 Spouses ……………. 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 Pension Benefit 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 …………………………… 3010-3012

Part 2. Right To Custody Of Minor Child

Chapter 1. General Provisions …………………………… 3020-3032
Chapter 2. Matters To Be Considered In Granting Custody ……. 3040-3049
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 Exchange 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

Chapter 8. Deferred Sale Of 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 Money To 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 Assets 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 7. Enforcement By Writ Of Execution ………………. 5100-5104
Chapter 8. Earnings 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

Chapter 9. Private Child Support Collectors ………………. 5610-5616

Part 6.  Uniform Interstate Family Support Act

Chapter 1. General Provisions ……………………. 5700.101-5700.105
Chapter 2. Jurisdiction …………………………. 5700.201-5700.211
Chapter 3. Civil Provisions Of General Application …. 5700.301-5700.319
Chapter 4. Establishment Of Support Order Or Determination Of Parentage ….. 5700.401-5700.402
Chapter 5. Enforcement Of Support Order Without Registration …………. 5700.501-5700.507
Chapter 6. Registration, Enforcement, And Modification Of Support Order

Article 1. Registration For Enforcement Of Support Order ………… 5700.601-5700.604
Article 2. Contest Of Validity Or Enforcement …….. 5700.605-5700.608
Article 3. Registration And Modification Of Child-support Order Of Another State …… 5700.609-5700.614
Article 4. Registration And Modification Of Foreign Child-support Order ………. 5700.615-5700.616

Chapter 7. Support Proceeding Under Convention …….. 5700.701-5700.713
Chapter 8. Interstate Rendition ………………….. 5700.801-5700.802
Chapter 9. Miscellaneous Provisions ………………. 5700.901-5700.905

Division 10. Prevention Of Domestic Violence

Part 1. Short Title And Definitions ………………………. 6200-6219
Part 2. General Provisions ………………………………. 6220-6229
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 ………. 6340-6347
Article 3. Orders Included In Judgment ………………….. 6360-6361

Chapter 3. Registration And Enforcement Of Orders …………. 6380-6389

Part 5. Uniform Interstate Enforcement Of Domestic 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 To Contract …………………………. 6700-6701
Chapter 2. Disaffirmance Of Contracts ……………………. 6710-6713
Chapter 3. Contracts In Art, Entertainment, And Professional Sports ……………. 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. Establishment 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 ……………. 7660-7671
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 …… 7820-7827
Chapter 3. Procedure

Article 1. Authorized Petitioners ………………………. 7840-7842
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 ………… 7900-7913
Part 6. Foster Care Placement Considerations ………………. 7950-7952
Part 7. Surrogacy And Donor Facilitators, Assisted Reproduction Agreements
For Gestational Carriers, And Oocyte Donations ………. 7960-7962

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 Relative Caregivers Or Foster Parents 8730-8736
Chapter 3. Independent Adoptions ………………………… 8800-8823
Chapter 4. Intercountry Adoptions ……………………….. 8900-8925
Chapter 5. Stepparent 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 Adults 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 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 …………… 17300-17325

Chapter 2. Child Support Enforcement

Article 1. Support Obligations ………………………… 17400-17440
Article 1.5. Delinquent Child Support Obligations And Financial Institution Data Match …………… 17450-17460
Article 2. Collections And Enforcement …………………. 17500-17561
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