Family Law

Remote Appearances

In an effort to promote safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, parties who have hearings in Family Law are encouraged to email exhibits to the Court no later than five calendar days prior to the hearing date. The email address is FamilyLawExhibits@kern.courts.ca.gov. This is for Family Law Matters only.

For Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) the email address is DCSSExhibits@kern.courts.ca.gov. This for DCSS matters only. Until further notice, all DCSS matters will be held telephonically. This applies only to matters involving DCSS. All parties shall provide, at least 1 day prior to the scheduled hearing, their contact information to this email address DCSSCalendaring@kern.courts.ca.gov. The contact information shall include the court case number, full name, phone number, mailing address and email. On the day of the court hearing, the Court will contact the parties at the phone number provided. The Court may also find good cause for an exemption from this Order.

Attending Family Law Hearings During COVID-19

Family Law Refers to actions regarding marital relationships, relationships between parents and children, and violence between family members. The Family Law Department handles the following legal issues:

  • Divorce, Legal Separation, Nullity
  • Parentage
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support, Spousal Support, Family Support
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Elder Abuse

Information regarding children under the age of 18 is located in Juvenile

Guardianship of a Minor is processed in Probate

There are three separate offices that make up the Family Law Department. Each office provides different services in the process of adjudicating Family Law cases. Please read the descriptions below and select the appropriate office.

Family Law Clerks Office

  • Forms
  • Filing documents
  • Information about your case
  • Upcoming hearing information
  • Copy request

Family Court Services

  • Family Court Mediations
  • Dependency Mediations
  • Family Court Investigations
  • Probate Court Investigations
  • Supervised Visitation Providers

Family Law Facilitator

  • Providing procedural information and sample form packets
  • Reviewing forms for completeness
  • Preparing Judgments and Orders After Hearing
  • Preparing pleadings for actions involving the Local Child Support Agency (LCSA)