Law 101

Family and Children

Family law includes divorce, custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and adoption, including adult and stepparent adoption.This page also provides information about related topics such as guardianship,  emancipation, and education. There are many organizations in our community that provide information and assistance with the various aspects of family law cases. Many of these organizations are listed in Community Resources links below.

Community Resources

Signpost to divorce Divorce
Family Law Facilitator
Father and kid on bike. Custody, Visitation and SUpport
Family Law Facilitator Department of Child Support Services
Man threatening woman Protection From Abuse
Adult Protective Services Domestic Violence Restraining Orders WEAVE, INC. Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center
Baby fist Adoption
County of Sacramento Adoption Program
SH@LL (Self Help @ the Law Library)


Family law cases may require the use of mandatory statewide Judicial Council forms, Sacramento County local forms, or pleadings you will draft yourself. The Sacramento family court has prepared many excellent packets containing forms and instructions. Check below first to see if a packet is available for what you need to do.

Research Guides

The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Many guides provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedure.

Common Questions

The Law Librarians write articles on a variety of common legal issues.


The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides.

Related Websites

These websites provide excellent explanations of the laws and procedures you may encounter when working on your family law case.


These free online videos provide instructions for completing common forms.

Divorce petition Family Law Forms Instructions Videos explain how to complete a variety of family law legal forms.