Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 113
8:00am - 4:00pm
The Family Law Division has jurisdiction over the following types of matters
- Dissolution (Divorce)
- Legal Separation
- Nullity (Annulment)
- Domestic Partnerships
- Child and Spousal Support Enforcement
- Adoptions - private and stepparent
- Domestic Violence
- Establishment of Parental Relationship
- Child Custody, Support and Visitation
- Termination of Parental Rights
- Emancipation of Minors
Self Help Services
There are numerous self help services to assist parties who are representing themselves in family law
proceedings. Please see some of the common links below.
Parties representing themselves may find assistance at Legal Self Help Center,
located at the Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-44, San Rafael. The telephone number is (415) 444-7130.
Parties may also try the new
California Courts' Online Self-Help Center. The web site was created to help Californians find
assistance and information, work better with an attorney, and represent themselves in some legal matters.
For parties who are representing themselves in a dissolution, legal separation or nullity case, the Court
offers a specialized calendar, in which volunteer attorneys, mediators and other legal professionals are
available in the courtroom to answer questions and help complete various procedural steps in the case or
prepare court documents.
Interdisciplinary Settlement Conference (ISC)
Marin Superior Court has implemented an innovative and effective program called the Interdisciplinary Settlement
Program, designed to better meet the needs of families in high conflict custody matters. Once a party has filed
a request for a child custody order and at the request of either party the court may set an Interdisciplinary Settlement
Conference (ISC). This is a judicially supervised proceeding in which a volunteer mental health professional and a volunteer
family law attorney work together with a judicial officer to help parents resolve custody disputes. The goal is to reach
agreement by defusing hostility, initiating better communication and cooperation, and offering research-based information
about the developmental needs of children. Self represented litigants should contact the Family Court Facilitator to obtain information and forms to file requests for order and an ISC.
New Case Filings
Due to the length of time it takes to initiate a new lawsuit, documents received in the clerk’s office after
3:30 p.m. will be time stamped with the current date and processed the following court business day. The date of
filing will be the time stamped date. See more information about procedures for filing court documents by
Ex Parte Appearances
Please click here for more information about ex parte appearances.
Family Law Information
Family Court is comprised of three distinct program areas:
- Family Law Division of the Civil Clerk's Office, which
processes filings and schedules court hearings for many different types
- Family Law Facilitator's Office, which assists parties who
have questions about child support, spousal support, health insurance,
and the availability of community resources to help families.
- Family Court Services, which provides child custody recommending counseling and helps parents resolve child-focused
disputes once parents are living apart.