What forms do I need to file my Family Law case?
Different forms are required for different case types, contact the court to see which forms are required for your case type. 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. You may also be able to get assistance from the Madera Superior Court Family Law Facilitator (see Family Law Facilitator section below). Legal information, such as the information on the website is NOT legal advice. Only an attorney can provide legal advice. NOTE: Take special care when filling out the forms, verify all information, including names are correct, a small typo can possibly delay your case. Always keep copies of all documents for your own records.
What is a Family Law Facilator?
Madera Superior Court provides a Family Law Facilitator who is a licensed attorney. They act as neutral third party who can further assist you with your Family Law matters. Please contact the Madera Superior Court (see contact info on this page) to find out how to meet with 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.
Are my court case records public?
For the most part, yes. Every court order and file are public record. Any person can go to the Madera Superior Court and request to see any court 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 Madera Superior Court clerk.
What type of cases are handled in the Madera County Family Law Court?
The Madera County Family Law court handles all cases concerning family-related matters and domestic relations including legal separation, domestic violence, spousal support, dissolution of marriage (divorce), child visitation and custody, child support and restraining orders. All of these matters are handled in the Madera Superior Court Family Law Division.
Madera Superior Court serves the following cities and towns: Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Bonadelle Ranchos-Madera Ranchos, Chowchilla, Coarsegold, Fairmead, Knowles, La Vina, Madera, Madera Acres, Nipinnawasee, North Fork, O’Neals, Oakhurst, Parksdale, Parkwood, Raymond, Ripperdan, Rolling Hills, Sugar Pine, Yosemite Lakes.
Who can I ask if I have questions about my case?
For legal information specific to your case, see Family Law Facilitator information above. For general court or case information, the best place to seek answers is the Madera Superior Court Clerk. The job of the court clerk is to 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.
Are there any requirements for filing for Divorce in Madera Superior Court?
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 Madera County for the last three (3) months.
Can I hire an attorney?
Yes, you can hire an attorney to represent you, but you are not required to do so.
Madera Superior Court Family Law Locations
Main Courthouse – Madera
Address: 209 West Yosemite Avenue Madera, CA 93637
Administration Phone: (559) 661-2896
Fax: (559) 675-4947
Hours of Operation Filings: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m Monday – Friday, except holidays.
Hours of Operation Phone: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m Monday – Friday, except holidays.
Sierra Division Courthouse
Address: County of Madera Sierra Division 40601 Road 274 Bass Lake, CA 93604
Administration Phone: (559) 642-3235
Fax: (559) 642-3445
Hours of Operation Filings and Phone: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Friday, except holidays.