Family Law

Family Law cases can involve a number of issues such as: Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Legal Separation, Nullity (Annulment), Parentage (Paternity) and Spousal or Domestic Partner Support.


Family Law Division


Family Law Division processes cases relating to Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders, Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage, Divorce, Legal separation, Annulment, Child Custody and Visitation, Child and Spousal Support, Paternity/Parentage and Adoption.

Family Mediation and Investigations


The mission of the Family Court Services Department is to assist the families of Kern County with the development of the best possible solution for difficult family transitions in a professional and ethical manner.


Family Court Services provides the residents of Kern County with an array of assistance for individuals involved in Family Court and Probate Court. The department delivers the following court ordered services: confidential child custody mediations, juvenile court dependency mediations, family court investigations (termination of parental rights and stepparent adoption investigations), child custody evaluations, and probate court investigations (conservatorship and relative guardianship investigations).

Family Court mediation is a confidential session which involves the discussion between the parents and a neutral mental health professional for the development of an effective co-parenting plan for their children. Mediation gives parents the opportunity to reach an agreement for child custody and visitation that is in the best interest of their children. Mediation is most effective when the parents complete the Children First Online Program. This program allows parents to acknowledge the importance of focusing on sharing their parental responsibilities in a way that is most beneficial for their children. It is required that both parents complete this program prior to attending their mediation session. Failure to complete the program may delay the mediation process.


In some cases, the court may be required, by law or of necessity, to order an investigation in family law and probate matters. Family Mediation and Investigations investigators conduct the investigations in these cases.

Family Law Facilitator

The Family Law Facilitator is not your lawyer. Communication between you and the staff of the Family Law Facilitator Unit is not confidential. No attorney-client relationship is established. We may provide information and services to the other party in your case. You should consult with a private attorney if you want personalized advice, need a confidential conversation, or need representation in court. The Family Law Facilitator and Staff are not responsible for the outcome of your case.

Office Location:  1215 Truxtun Avenue, 1st Floor, Bakersfield, CA 93301.  Office Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 8:00am to 4:00pm and Friday, 8:00am to 12:00pm.   E-Mail


The Office of the Family Law Facilitator provides assistance to unrepresented parties in child and spousal support cases. The goal of the Family Law Facilitator is to provide direction to the unrepresented party.  E-Mail

The Family Law Facilitator services include:

  1. Assisting customers face-to-face, by mail and email at four court sites: Delano, Metro Justice Building, Mojave, Ridgecrest (by video conference), and Shafter. Check the Travel Schedule for dates and times.
  2. Providing educational materials on establishing parentage, including voluntary declarations of paternity, and establishing, modifying and enforcing child support and spousal support.
  3. Distributing and reviewing court forms for accuracy and file readiness.
  4. Preparing orders and judgments.
  5. Assisting customers referred by judicial officers, other court divisions and the Local Child Support Agency.
  6. Referring customers to other community agencies and resources that provide services for parents and children.
  7. Meeting with and preparing child support calculations and other related documents for customers with cases currently assigned to the Department of Child Support Services.
Sample Packets

The attached samples have been prepared by the Family Law Facilitator through a grant from the Judicial Council of California. The opinions and findings in these publications are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Judicial Council of California.