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Child Custody, Parenting Plans, Visitation and Support Category: Family


When parents separate, they must create a plan to care for and support their children. In some cases, the parents can agree to these plans; in others, the parents may need the court to create a plan that is in the children’s best interests.

Child Custody and Visitation

We are often asked to provide information to parents (and non-parents) seeking custody and visitation orders for their child(ren). There are several methods parents (and non-parents) may use to obtain custody and visitation orders. The method used depends on several factors, including whether or not paternity has been established, the...

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Child Support Basics

Learn About It Both parents have the legal duty to provide financial support for their child whether they are married, divorced, or even live with their children. The court may order either or both parents to make regular payments to cover a child’s living and medical expenses. This periodic payment...

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Emancipation of Children

As children enter their teen years and gain more independence from parents, both may have questions regarding the process, legal requirements and consequences of emancipation. Emancipation is a legal way for children to become adults before they turn eighteen. Under California law, a minor may be emancipated by a court...

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Terminating Parental Rights

Lee en español: Terminación de los Derechos Paternales Termination of parental rights is a court order that permanently ends the legal parent-child relationship. This type of order terminates rights such as inheritance, custody, and visitation, as well as responsibilities such as child support and liability for the child’s misconduct. Parental...

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Senior Legal Hotline
Estates Wills and Trusts

Free legal advice and assistance to those age 60+ on almost any civil issue. Common issues are tenants’ rights, estate planning, grandparent’s rights, pensions, and public benefits. No criminal law or assistance with conservatorships. Must have legal immigratnt status.

Family Law Facilitator
Courts and Procedure

Family law self help assistance, including forms assistance, file review, preparation of orders and judgments and other forms of procedural assistance. Also assists with Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Elder Abuse Restraining Orders,  Probate Guardianship, and Limited Conservatorship cases. Eligibility: Must have family law case in Sacramento County Superior Court.

Department of Child Support Services

Department of Child Support Services can assist parents and to legal guardians in establishing parentage, and in establishing, modifying, and collecting  child support orders. Cases may be opened by either parent, or may be referred from the welfare agency for reimbursement.

Sacramento Justice League

Sacramento Justice League is a nonprofit corporation in Sacramento offering low cost legal services and occasional free clinics. Topics covered include:

  • Direct Family Law Legal Services
  • Name Changes/Birth Certificate Changes
  • Criminal Expungement Assistance
  • Credit and Debt Relief Assistance
  • Self-Represented Family Law Workshops
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Bankruptcy

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