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Family Law California

Family Law California – http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-family.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are the visitation rights of grandparents in California?
  • What are the differences between guardianship and adoption in California?
  • Under what conditions can a child be emancipated in California?


California’s Family Law site is education focused. Its resources on Family Law are divided into the following sections:

  • Custody and Parenting Time (Visitation)
  • Child Support
  • Parentage/Paternity
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Guardianship
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Adoption
  • Emancipation (Children becoming independent prior to age 18.)

This is provided as one example of state law. Try searching “family law” site:[name of your state].gov in your favorite search engine for the family law in your state.


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