California Child Custody Resources and Support

Don't go through the child custody process on your own. Even if you can't afford an attorney, you have plenty of places to turn for support.

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In-depth guides

Use the following to shepherd you and your family through the custody process.

Court resources

The state offers a self-help website, as do most superior courts. (Sites for the largest counties are listed below.) Many counties also have self-help centers, workshops and family law facilitators.

A family law facilitator is an attorney who does not represent anyone, but instead provides free assistance to the public. This assistance may include help preparing custody schedules, guidance completing forms, or referrals to local agencies and professionals. Facilitators are not allowed to provide legal advice, and they cannot work with you on issues for which you have an attorney. They often have limited time, so arrive prepared.

Start by exploring your court’s self-help site:

Alameda Riverside
Contra Costa Sacramento
Fresno San Bernardino
Los Angeles San Diego
Orange County Santa Clara
Parenting education classes and co-parenting counseling

Parenting education classes can help you understand child development and how family dynamics affect your children. Co-parenting counseling, on the other hand, helps parents communicate and work together on parenting strategies.

Sessions for both are often court-mandated, but they're available to anyone interested. For help finding a parenting educator or counselor in your area, contact your superior court’s self-help center or family law facilitator.

Child support agencies

Child support payments in California are overseen by the state’s Department of Child Support Services, with most operations handled by local offices. If you need help opening a case, enforcing support orders or locating the other parent, contact your local office. They often provide services for free and can help you resolve issues without going to court.

For kids and teens

The state has a booklet for children ― What’s Happening in Court? ― available for download. In addition, the state website Families Change offers guides for kids and teens dealing with divorce or separation, along with a companion guide for parents.

Our professional sources

For more help, consider reaching out to one of our sources. The people and offices listed below have helped us with the intricacies of child custody in California, and we hope they can help you, too.

Douglas J. Wolf, A Professional Law Corporation
Douglas J. Wolf, Attorney for Litigation, Mediation and Collaborative Law
Los Angeles, CA

Faye Snyder, PsyD, Custody Evaluator
Bakersfield, CA

Herring Law Group
Santa Barbara and Oxnard, CA

Imperial County Superior Court
Scott Tepper, Family Law Facilitator
El Centro, CA

James F. Cox, Attorney at Law
Santa Clara County, CA

Koblin Family Law Center
Kennedy Koblin, Attorney at Law
Pleasanton, CA

Law Offices of Abbas Hadjian
Abbas Hadjian, Attorney at Law
Sherman Oaks, CA

Law Office of André J. Ausseresses, APC
André J. Ausseresses, Attorney at Law
Anaheim, CA

Law Offices of Athar A. Khan
Athar A. Khan, Attorney at Law
Irvine, CA

Law Offices of Francesca M. Shahrouz
Francesca M. Shahrouz, Attorney at Law
Los Angeles, CA

Law Office of Janet Syphers
Janet Syphers, Attorney at Law
San Jose, CA

Leichter Leichter-Maroko LLP
Alexandra Leichter, Attorney at Law
Beverly Hills, CA

Matthew Sullivan, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Palo Alto, CA

Mediation and Collaborative Practice Office of Karen Drury Russell
Karen Drury Russell, Family Law Mediator & Collaborative Attorney
Campbell, CA

Pacific Mediation Group
Jennifer Koslow, Certified Mediator
Oxnard, CA

Shebby | Barnett LLP
David P. Shebby, Attorney at Law
Los Angeles, CA

Siskiyou County Superior Court
Matthew Kane, Family Law Facilitator
Yreka, CA

Tamar Springer Counseling Services
Tamar Springer, Mediator, Psychotherapist, Parenting Educator
Los Angeles, CA

The Law Collaborative, APC
Ty Supancic, Attorney at Law
Woodland Hills, CA

Unlimited Possibilities Child Custody and Mediation
Elena Hobbs-Minor, Parenting Plan Advisor
Menlo Park, CA

Custody X Change app

The process of deciding custody requires serious organization. You may need to create a parenting plan, draft multiple custody schedules, track your time with your child, calculate expenses and beyond.

The Custody X Change app enables you to do all of that in one place.

With a parenting plan template, custody calendars, a shared expenses tracker and more, Custody X Change makes sure you’re prepared for whatever arises in your journey to child custody.

Take advantage of our technology to stay on top of all the moving parts of your case.

Custody X Change is software that creates parenting plans and schedules to help parents through the custody process.

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Custody X Change is software that creates parenting plans and schedules to help parents through the custody process.

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