FAMILY LAW
Customer Service is provided at: 500 Argonaut  Lane, Jackson, CA. 95642
The Courthouse is open Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

The Courtrooms are open for access from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Clerk’s Office is open to the public:
Monday-Thursday 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM to 12:00 NOON

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Call: 209-257-2603

OVERVIEW

FAMILY LAW OVERVIEW
The Family Law court has jurisdiction over cases involving marital and domestic partnership relationships, relationships between parents and children, and domestic violence matters.
The Family Law Department handles the following filings:
Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity
Establish Parental Relationship (Paternity), Petitions for Custody and Support
Child Custody and Visitation
Child Support, Spousal Support, Family Support
Marital Property Division
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Dept. of Child Support services, Child Support Actions
CHILD SUPPORT OVERVIEW
All cases involving the Central Sierra Child Support Agency (CSCSA) are required by law to be heard
by a Superior Court Commissioner. CSCSA assists parents in establishing paternity and establishing, modifying and enforcing child support and medical support orders.
CSCSA provides services in these areas to both custodial and non-custodial parents upon request. However, if the custodial parent is receiving TANF and there is no order requiring the non-custodial parent to pay child support, CSCSA will file an action to establish a judgment of paternity (if necessary) and to obtain child and medical support orders. The CSCSA does not provide legal advice to the parties and the attorney who appears in court on behalf of CSCSA does not represent either parent.
The Family Law Facilitator can provide legal assistance in child support cases, which include actions to establish paternity, marital dissolutions (if there are minor children), custody and visitation motions (if support or modification of support is requested) or in any action involving the CSCSA.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Visit the  California State Child Support website.

CUSTODY / VISITATION MEDIATION

CUSTODY / VISITATION MEDIATION AND ORIENTATION
MEDIATION
When parents do not agree on custody and visitation arrangements, California law requires they attend mediation before the court hearing. Child custody mediation is an opportunity for parents to work with a mediator and make their own agreement as to how they will take care of their children and what the custody and visitation plan will be.
Although mediators are experienced in counseling, mediation is not counseling. A neutral mediator meets with both parents and helps them try to agree on a plan that is the best for them and their child/children.
The guidelines for mediation are to treat each other and the mediator with respect, listen to each other to find real solutions, put the child/children first, and think about the child/children’s needs and what they can handle.
ORIENTATION
The Orientation Program is mandatory for all parents who have child custody and visitation issues. Orientation provides important information about helping children through their parents’ separation and how to develop a parenting plan. If you have attended orientation within the last twelve months, you do not have to attend again. Show the Court Clerk your previous certificate of completion.
The video shown during Orientation illustrates the need for parents to keep their children out of adult conflicts.
The Orientation Program may be completed in two ways, online at  Online Orientation Program or
in person at the Court House on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 4:00 PM
can be emailed with comments or concerns.

FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR

FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR
The Amador Superior Court maintains a Family Law Facilitator program to assist self-represented parties
in certain types of family law cases. The Family Law Facilitator program is staffed by legal professionals who may provide services to both parties, but who do not represent either party.
The emphasis of this program is to provide legal information and education in the areas of paternity,
child support, spousal support and other limited areas of family law. A party should ask the Family Law Facilitator which documents to bring to his/her appointment.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
To make an appointment, check clinic times, or other resources
Call: 209-754-1443

FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The following questions and answers are provided for general reference and information only.
Where do I file my Papers
All documents are filed at the Clerks Office, located at 500 Argonaut Lane, Jackson, CA.
Papers filed with the Clerk's Office can be submitted in person between during office hours, or left in the dropbox at the Courthouse entrance. (See Local Rule 11.22).
Papers being filed on the day of the hearing must be filed in the courtroom.
When filing papers with the Court, please use the following guidelines:
Pleadings will not be filed unless they comply with
Exhibits must be as legible as original typing or printing.
No conformed copies of documents filed with the Clerks Office will be returned by mail
unless a self-addressed stamped envelope, with sufficient postage is provided.
All papers presented for filing must be pre-punched in the standard two-hole position
An original and one copy must be submitted, and only two copies of each document
will be conformed.
Documents submitted without appropriate filing fees according to the court's
Statewide Filing Fee Schedule will be returned un-filed.

FORMS

Form Description Updated Format
PLEASE NOTE: * A red star indicates a MANDATORY FORM, all other forms are optional.
Application to Place Matter
on Calendar to Dismiss
Temporary Restraining Order
/Restraining Order
FCO030: Ex Parte Application used to place a Family Law case on calendar to request a restraining order be dismissed. 09/10 Adobe pdf file
Case Intake Form * Amador Rule of Court 11.20 requires parties filing new civil cases to complete all identifying information available to them regarding all parties to the case, and submit the form at the time of filing. 07/11/08 Adobe pdf file
Declaration in Support of Ex Parte Application for Orders FCS-004:: Used to give notice of ex parte hearing, or explain why no notice is being given. 04/10 Adobe pdf file
Family Law Case Management Statement * FCS-043: Used to inform the Court as to your updated Family Law case status. 08/25/11 Adobe pdf file
Family Law Settlement Conference Statment FCS-052: Used to inform the court what the parties have agreed to and what they are disputing. 09/17/12 Adobe pdf file
Firearm Declaration FCS-006: Used by restrained person to comply with mandatory firearm requirements. 05/14/01 Adobe pdf file
Grandparent Rights Information
Petition for Joinder
Petition for Grandparent Rights
FCS-080: Grandparent Rights Packet:  Information sheet;
Petition for Joinder (Custody/Visitation); Petition.
06/19/12 Adobe pdf file
Judgement Checklist FCS-101: Use this checklist to determine which forms are needed to get a Judgment in your case. 03/05/14 Adobe pdf file
Mediation/Evaluation Client Complaint FCS-100: Used to inform the Court of your complaint against a mediator or evaluator. 04/24/12 Adobe pdf file
Memorandum To Set Case For
Trial
FCS-031: Used to request case set for trial. 04/24/12 Adobe pdf file
Request to Set Default/Uncontested Matter For Hearing
FCS-044: Used to request hearing set on default or uncontested matter. 08/11 Adobe pdf file