Helpful Family Law Resources

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We have compiled a list of helpful family law resources to help you become more knowledgeable. View our FAQs, list of helpful websites, and useful phone numbers for organizations that may support you below. Can’t find what you are looking for? Have a suggestion on adding to our helpful family law resources? We’d like to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling us at 858-720-8550 or completing an inquiry form.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In an effort to provide prospective clients with preliminary information about divorcing, getting started with our firm, cost and other question, we have created a list of frequently asked questions.

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Useful Phone Numbers

San Diego

San Diego County Central Courthouse
8:30am to 4:00pm

Family Court Services (Custody, Visitation, Mediation)

YWCA Legal Advocacy Program
619-239-0355 x237
Non-profit agency serving Domestic Violence victims

San Diego Domestic Violence Hotline
(Gay Men and Lesbian Women)

Domestic Violence Hotline
(women and men)

Child Abuse Hotline
858-560-2191 or 800-344-6000

Domestic Violence Infoline
619-683-2500 or 800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

Center for Community Solutions – 24 hour hotline
Victims of Assault, Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence

Trauma Counseling Program, Rady Children’s Hospital

San Diego Domestic Violence Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Riverside County

Alternatives to Domestic Violence 24 hour Crisis Line
An advocate will provide information and make appropriate referrals.

Family Law Mediation Number
At the time of filing a CC/CV motion, the Court requires both parties to attend a class called POP (Parents Outreach Program). After both parties attend POP, the Court will assign a mediation date at the end of the class session.


National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-787-3224 (TDD service)

Providing emergency and non-emergency referrals to domestic violence resources in your area (multilingual service available)

Resource Center on Child Protection and Custody

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Providing information, consultation, technical assistance and legal research related to child protection and custody issues within the context of domestic violence.

Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Family Violence Prevention Fund Providing specialized information packets designed to strengthen the health care response to domestic violence, as well as technical assistance and library services to support health care-based domestic violence training and program development.

Helpful Websites


The State Bar of California – Divorce and Custody

San Diego

San Diego Superior Court
Accessing Court Records in San Diego County

Family Court Services – Parent Orientation
FCS provides a weekly parent orientation meeting to provide general information regarding child custody and family court matters. This meeting is facilitated by an FCS counselor. The orientation lasts about one hour.

San Diego Family Justice Center
Located in downtown San Diego at 1122 Broadway, Suite 200, San Diego, the San Diego Family Justice Center is the first comprehensive “one-stop shop” in the nation for victims of family violence and their children. Under one roof, more than 25 agencies have come together to provide consolidated and coordinated legal, social, and health services to women, men, children, and families in need. Victims of family violence can now come to one location to talk to an advocate, get a restraining order, plan for their safety, talk to a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, receive medical assistance, and receive information on shelter.

YWCA of San Diego County
Housing, legal and counseling services for domestic violence victims. For immediate help 24 hours a day, call 619.234.3164

Center For Community Solutions
Services for victims of assault, rape crisis counseling, domestic violence victim support.

San Diego Domestic Violence Hotline
The Domestic Violence Hotline and provides referrals to a variety of services including domestic violence shelter bed availability, counseling services, support groups, emergency food and clothing, legal services, anti-stalking information, and other available community resources.

Legal Aid Society of San Diego County
The Family Law Team represents clients in contested family law cases involving child custody, visitation, support, domestic violence, and property division. As the custodial parent is generally the one with the greater need for assistance, representation of a non-custodial parent is uncommon, however exceptions are made in cases of frustration of court ordered visitation. Other exceptions to priorities include collection of child support cases where the non-custodial parent is disabled and therefore unable to pay child support. The team works only in the South County and East County Courts, however exceptions are made for emergency cases pending in the central San Diego and North County Courts.

Department of Child Support Services, San Diego County
The Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) provides the following services:

  • Establish paternity
  • Establish child and medical support orders
  • Enforce/modify child and medical support orders
  • Collect and distribute child and spousal support payments

Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego
Collaborative Divorce is an Alternative Dispute Resolution process that strives to preserve the emotional and financial resources of the family while achieving an agreement that considers and respects the welfare of everyone in the family. The collaborative divorce model provides divorcing parties the opportunity to problem solve in a private, confidential setting, with the help of their experts, to reach a creative settlement that meets the needs of their family. Fleischer & Ravreby attorneys are qualified and trained in Collaborative Divorce.

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