Where to File Family Law Cases in Riverside County

With divorce rates at an all-time high, it is more and more common that residents in Riverside County will be forced to utilize the services of the California Family Law Courts. This could be for simple divorces with no issues or complex family law cases with custody, visitation, child and spousal support and asset and debt division. No matter how simple or complex the case, if your residence is in Riverside County the Riverside County Family Law Courts will be where your case is filed and processed. Each county in California essentially handles family law cases in the same way, […]

Pensions, Retirement Plans and Divorce

Without a doubt, going through a divorce can take a strenuous emotional toll on your personal life. It is important to also consider, that divorce can also have a long lasting financial impact on your life. Detaching your personal assets from those of your husband or wife can be problematic when your pension plan or retirement account is included in this division. Generally, a pension or retirement funds accumulated during a marriage earned by one partner is considered a community asset in California, meaning, it belongs to both parties. Get legal advice for further understanding if needed. This is important […]

What Are Prohibited Items in California Courts

With security being at an all-time high, and even more so in governmental facilities, people may often wonder what they can and cannot take inside of a courthouse. Similar to going through a TSA check prior to a flight, almost all courthouses in California have security and screening at the front door. Because a court is a place where orders are made daily that could cause extreme emotion, dangerous situations could occur. For this reason and for the overall safety of court staff, Judges and all present, the California courts have an extensive list of what is prohibited in their […]

Court Filing Fees In California Superior Courts – An Overview



Court filing fees in California are not always required. The most common reason that a person filing at the Superior Courts in California would not have to pay a fee would be if they prepare and file a current fee waiver (FW-001) and it is granted and the court Judge signs or stamps an Order on Fee Waiver (FW-003).

While the Superior Courts in California have not increased their filing fees in the last few years, around 2011-2012 there were as many as 3 filing fee increases that brought the most common filing fees for most court filings to $435 in […]

Can I Serve Court Documents by Newspaper in California?

In California, there are many different methods by which a person can be served with court documents. The allowable method will vary depending on the type of case as well as some other factors such as the location of the parties, if they have previously filed documents on the case or even if you can locate them. While Serve by Publication is an available option for serving someone, it is not the first available option. The California Courts require certain tasks are completed before a serve by publication is allowed.

First off, what is “service”? With regards to the California Courts, […]