Child Custody

Forms

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NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

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If parents are married or in a registered domestic partnership:

If you are married to the other parent, or in a registered domestic partnership, you can ask for child custody and visitation orders if you are also filing for divorce. You can also ask for temporary orders for child custody while you are waiting for the final judgment in your case.

If you are the petitioner:

  • Request for Order (Form FL-300)
  • Child Custody And Visitation Application Attachment (Form FL-311)
  • Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement
    Act (UCCJEA)
    (Form FL-105/GC-120)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Findings and Order After Hearing (Form FL-340)
  • Child Custody And Visitation Order Attachment (Form FL-341)

If you are the respondent:

  • Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (Form FL-320)

BOTH the petitioner and respondent need:

  • Proof of Personal Service (Form FL-330)
  • Proof of Service by Mail (Form FL-335)

You may also need one or more of these forms:

  • Supervised Visitation Order (Form FL-341(A))
  • Child Abduction Prevention Order Attachment (Form FL-341 (B))
  • Children's Holiday Schedule Attachment (Form FL-341 (C))
  • Additional Provisions-Physical Custody Attachment (Form FL-341 (D))
  • Joint Legal Custody Attachment (Form FL-341 (E))

A Declaration Form:


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Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the form, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out. These forms will open in a new window. When you have printed out each form, please close that window and continue on this site.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

For help finding local court forms you may need, go to your county's court website.

If you have been a victim of domestic violence:

You can ask for child support when you ask for a domestic violence restraining order.
The forms to use are:

  • Child Custody, Visitation, and Support Request (Form DV-105)
  • Child Custody and Visitation Order (Form DV-140)

If appropriate, a second form could be attached:

  • Request for Order: No Travel with Children (Form DV-108)
  • Order: No Travel with Children (Form DV-145)

Get a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.

Get all other Domestic Violence Restraining Order forms.

For the Respondent:

  • Response to Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order
    (Form DV-120)
    See the instructions for this form.

Proof of Service Forms:

  • Proof of Service (In Person) (Form DV-200)
  • Proof of Service by Mail (Form DV-250)

A Declaration Form:

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Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the form, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out. These forms will open in a new window. When you have printed out each form, please close that window and continue on this site.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

For help finding local court forms you may need, go to your county's court website.

Parents are not married or in a registered domestic partnership:

If you are NOT married to the other parent, or in a registered domestic partnership, you can ask for child custody and visitation orders if you are also filing a petition to establish parental relationship.

The forms to use are:

  • Request for Order (Form FL-300)
    See the instructions for this form.
    Information Sheet for Request for Order (Form FL-300-INFO)
  • Child Custody and Visitation Application Attachment (From FL-311)
  • Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement
    Act (UCCJEA)
    (Form FL-105/GC-120)
    See the instructions for this form.

For all other Parentage Case forms, click here.

Proof of Service Forms:

  • Proof of Personal Service (Form FL-330)
  • Proof of Service by Mail (Form FL-335)

You may also need one or more of these forms:

  • Request for Child Abduction Prevention Orders (Form FL-312)
  • Child Custody And Visitation Order Attachment (Form FL-341)
  • Supervised Visitation Order (Form FL-341(A))
  • Child Abduction Prevention Order Attachment (Form FL-341 (B))
  • Children's Holiday Schedule Attachment(Form FL-341 (C))
  • Additional Provisions-Physical Custody Attachment (Form FL-341 (D))
  • Joint Legal Custody Attachment (Form FL-341 (E))

A Declaration Form:

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Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the form, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer. Find low-cost legal aid. Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

To open a court case asking for child custody and visitation:

Parents, or other adults, can ask for child custody and visitation orders by starting a new case. For example, the can start a new case:

  • if the parents are spouses or domestic parents and do not want to get a divorce, legal separation, or annulment.
  • if the parents are not married or domestic partners but have already signed a Declaration of Paternity;
  • if the parents are not married or domestic partners but have legally adopted a child together; or
  • if the petitioner and respondent have been determined to be the parents of a child in a juvenile or governmental child support case.

To open a court case asking for child custody and visitation orders the following forms are to be filled in and filed at the court.


The Petitioner needs:

  • Summons (Uniform Parentage-Petition for Custody and Support)
    (Form FL-210)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Child (Form FL-260)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement
  • Act (UCCJEA)(Form FL-105/GC-120)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Findings and Order After Hearing (Form FL-340)
  • Child Custody And Visitation Order Attachment (Form FL-341)

The Respondent needs:

  • Response to Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Child
    (Form FL-270)
    See the instructions for this form.

BOTH the Petitioner and Respondent need:

  • Proof of Personal Service (Form FL-330)
  • Proof of Service by Mail (Form FL-335)

You may also need one or more of these forms:

  • Supervised Visitation Order (Form FL-341(A))
  • Child Abduction Prevention Order Attachment (Form FL-341 (B))
  • Children's Holiday Schedule Attachment (Form FL-341 (C))
  • Additional Provisions-Physical Custody Attachment (Form FL-341 (D))
  • Joint Legal Custody Attachment (Form FL-341 (E))

A Declaration Form:

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The judge cannot hear your court case until you have filed your court forms properly. The judge has to be sure that everyone involved in the court case has information about what the other people have filed before he or she can let the case move forward.

To prove to the court that copies of the documents were given to everyone, "Proof of Service" forms are to be filled out and filed with the court.


REMEMBER: YOU CANNOT SERVE YOUR COURT FORMS YOURSELF.


Someone over 18 (for example a friend, relative, or a professional process server) who is not involved in the case in any way must serve the court forms for you.

The person who serves the documents has to complete one Proof of Service form for each person served and return it to you for filing with the court.Proof of Service Forms.

Choose the form you need below. You can either download and print the form, or fill it out on your computer, then print it out. These forms will open in a new window. When you have printed out each form, please close that window and continue on this site.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Find low-cost legal aid.

For help finding local court forms you may need, go to your county's court website.

Proof of Service Forms:

  • Proof of Personal Service (Form FL-330)
  • Proof of Service by Mail (Form FL-335)

NOTE: If you serve these forms as part of a domestic violence restraining order case, you will need a:

  • Proof of Service (In Person) (Form DV-200)

NOTE: If the petitioner is only serving Income and Expense forms, he or she can use Service by Mail.

  • Proof of Service by Mail (Form DV-250)


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In most cases, you have to pay a fee to file papers with the court. The fees are a little different in each county. Usually counties have their fee schedules posted on their court's web site.

For some people who do not earn enough money, the court will say that they do not have to pay the fees. This is called a "fee waiver." To find out if you qualify for a fee waiver, read:

  • Information Sheet on Waiver of Court Fees and Costs
    (Form FW-001-INFO)

If you are not sure which form to use, talk with your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.

Find local court forms you may need at your county's court website.

Forms that Ask the Court for Fee Waivers:

  • Request to Waive Court Fees (Form FW-001)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Request to Waive Additional Court Fees (Form FW-002)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver (Form FW-003)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice: Waiver of Court Fees (Form FW-005)
  • Request for Hearing About Court Fee Waiver Order (Form FW-006)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice on Hearing About Court Fees (Form FW-007)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver After Hearing (Form FW-008)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice to Court of Improved Financial Situation or Settlement
    (Form FW-010)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice to Appear for Reconsideration of Fee Waiver (Form FW-011)
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver After Reconsideration Hearing (Form FW-012)
    See the instructions for this form.

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