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1800. This part may be cited as the Family Conciliation Court Law.

1801. The purposes of this part are to protect the rights of
children and to promote the public welfare by preserving, promoting,
and protecting family life and the institution of matrimony, and to
provide means for the reconciliation of spouses and the amicable
settlement of domestic and family controversies.

1802. (a) This part applies only in counties in which the superior
court determines that the social conditions in the county and the
number of domestic relations cases in the courts render the
procedures provided in this part necessary to the full and proper
consideration of those cases and the effectuation of the purposes of
this part.
(b) The determination under subdivision (a) shall be made annually
in the month of January by:
(1) The judge of the superior court in counties having only one
superior court judge.
(2) A majority of the judges of the superior court in counties
having more than one superior court judge.