San Mateo Superior Court Family Law Facilator
The San Mateo Superior Court Family Law Facilitator is an attorney who works for the court which can assist with filing and providing legal information for your specific case. They are a free service available to both parties. They do NOT represent you, but remain a neutral party in order to offer both sides of cases with legal information and assistance. Please see the contact information on this page to meet with the San Mateo Superior Court Family Law Facilitator. NOTE: The Family Law Facilitator can only provide legal information. For legal advice you need to contact an outside attorney for this.
I have general questions about my case?
For general questions either about your case, or about the court in general, see the San Mateo Superior Court Clerk. The clerk is there to help the public in their interactions with the court and can provide general information on forms, filings, and court activities. NOTE: Like the Family Law Facilitator, 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 outside attorney.
San Mateo County Family Law Court case types
The Family Law Division of San Mateo County hears all cases pertaining to domestic relations and family matters. Including temporary restraining orders, spousal support, domestic violence, dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, child visitation and custody and child support.
San Mateo Superior Court serves the following locations: Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Woodside, Broadmoor, Burlingame Hills, Devonshire, El Granada, Emerald Lake Hills, Highlands-Baywood Park, Kings Mountain, Ladera, La Honda, Loma Mar, Menlo Oaks, Montara, Moss Beach, North Fair Oaks, Palomar Park, Pescadero, Princeton-by-the-Sea, San Gregorio, Sky Londa, West Menlo Park.
How do I file my Family Law case?
Please contact the court (information below) about what is required in order to file your case. At minimum you will need to fill out case specific forms. The San Mateo Superior Court clerk or San Mateo Superior Court Family Law Facilitator can help assist you in what forms you need to fill out. Remember, the court can only provide you with legal information, if you require legal advice you must contact an attorney. Only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice. NOTE: Use caution when filling out the court forms, a small mistake may lead to potential delays for your case. Always keep copies of submitted documents.
Requirements for Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) in San Mateo Superior Court?
Either you OR your spouse is required to resided in California for the last six (6) months, AND have resided in San Mateo 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.
Is my case made public?
In general, yes, your case records will be made public, there are however a few exceptions. Any individual may go to the San Mateo Superior Court and make a request to see any court record.
The three exceptions for public records are: 1) It is a confidential case (example is an adoption or juvenile case) 2) Every family law file has a confidential portion (ie. child custody recommendations or custody evals). 3) A party may request a document to be sealed or made confidential. This request must be approved. If you have any questions about what is confidential or not, you may ask your attorney, the San Mateo Superior Court Family Law Facilitator, or the court clerk.
San Mateo Superior Court Family Law Location
Southern Branch: Hall of Justice & Records
Address: 400 County Center Redwood City, CA 94063
Family Law Phone: (650) 363-4561
Family Law Phone Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Fax: (650) 363-4966
Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 (Closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Family Law Facilitator Phone: (650) 363-4711
Family Law Facilitator Phone Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Family Law Facilitator Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.