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As described below there are various types of adoptions; some handled by an agency and some by private parties. Please see the resources listed on this website for assistance in filing for adoption of either minors or adults. We will be unable to set an adoption for finalization until all required documents are received in the file.
A non-prevailing party in a case may ask a higher court to review the decision in their case and determine if the decision was correct. They may do this by filing an appeal or, in some instances, a writ. Appeals and writs may be heard in the Superior Court, District Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
Family Court Services serves parties who need to file for Dissolution, Separation or Nullity of Marriage; Establishment of Parental Relationship, Petitions for Custody and Support, Motions for Child Custody, Support, or Visitation, Support Enforcement, Guardianship of Minors, Adoption, or who seek protection from Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment, Workplace Violence or Elder Abuse.
Guardianship is a court proceeding in which a judge gives someone who is not the parent custody of a child, or the power to manage the child's property (called "estate"), or both.
The Civil Self-Help Center can assist you with completing the paperwork to ask the court for Guardianship of the Person of a minor child.
Juvenile Delinquency cases are defined under Welfare and Institutions Codes and involve any persons under the age of 18 (minors) who are accused of violations of any law of the state or of the United States, or minors who are habitually disobedient or truant.
Juvenile Dependency cases are located in Family Court Services, room 305 of the courthouse and are defined under Welfare and Institutions involve the protection of minors who suffer harm, abuse, or neglect inflicted by the parents or guardians of said minors.
Probate and Conservatorship matters address a person’s finances upon death or the care of an adult person that is unable to care for themselves or their finances. Probate cases address a person’s estate, resolve debts, and distribute the remaining property/monies to heirs or beneficiaries. Conservatorship cases appoint caregivers to care for a person and their finances.