What type of cases are handled in the Del Norte County Family Law Court?
The Del Norte County Family Law court handles all cases concerning family-related matters and domestic relations including dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, domestic violence, spousal support, child visitation and custody, child support and restraining orders. All of these matters are handled in the Family Law Division of Del Norte County Superior Court.
Del Norte County Superior Court serves the following cities/towns: Crescent City, Bertsch-Oceanview, Crescent City North, Fort Dick, Gasquet, Hiouchi, Klamath, Patrick Creek, Douglas Park, Darlingtonia, Smith River.
Will my court case records be made public?
In most instances, yes it will. Every court file and order becomes public record. Any individual can go to the Del Norte County Superior Court and request to see any record.
There are 3 exceptions. First, if the case itself is confidential (ie. juvenile (under 18 years) case, or an adoption). Second exception is the confidential portion of a family law file, an example would be child custody evaluations and recommendations. The third exception is when a party requests and is granted an order to mark a document as confidenial or sealed. If you are unsure about what is confidential and what is not, ask the Del Norte County Superior Court clerk.
Can I hire an attorney to represent me?
Yes, by law you are allowed to hire an attorney to represent you and offer you legal advice.
Who can I ask if I have questions about my case?
The best place to seek answers for your case specific questions is the Del Norte County Superior Court Clerk. Every court has a clerk whose job it is maintain the files and records of the court. They are also available to provide information and assist you with manners regarding your case. This is often the best place to seek answers for your particular matter. NOTE: The court clerk is only able to give legal information, they are not able to give legal advice. If you need legal advice you need to contact an attorney.
What are the requirements for filing for Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) in Del Norte County Superior Court?
In the state of California, there is a residency requirement where you or your spouse must have lived in California for the last six (6) months, and have lived in Del Norte County for the last three (3) months in order to file for divorce in Del Norte County.
What is a Family Law Facilator and what do they do?
A Family Law Facilitator is a licensed attorney who acts a neutral third party who can further assist you with your Family Law matters. Every county in California now provides this free legal service. Please contact the Del Norte County Superior Court (see contact info on this page) to find out if your county provides a Family Law Facilitator. A Family Law Facilitator is able to provide general legal information, assistance in filling out court forms, and answer general legal questions. The Family Law Facilitator is NOT your attorney, NOTE: The Family Law Facilitator is only able to give legal information, they are not able to give legal advice. If you need legal advice you need to contact an attorney.
How do a file my Family Law case?
As each case is different and requires different forms, you will need to contact the court to see which forms are applicable for the case you are filing. If you need assistance in filing or legal advice you will need to contact an attorney, the court will only provide you with legal information. Legal information, such as the information on the website is NOT legal advice. Only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice. NOTE: Be very careful when filling out the forms, verifying all information including names are correct, even a small mispelling of a name can cause delays in your case. You should also make copies of all documents for your own personal records.
Del Norte County Superior Court Family Law Location
Del Norte Superior Court
Address: 450 H Street, Room 209 Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone: (707) 464-8115
Fax: (707) 465-4005
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
Family Law Facilitator Phone: (707) 465-1896