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Domestic Resources: Understanding the Dynamics of Family Law

Parenting Tools and Child Custody Resources for Divorcing Couples

Create an atmosphere where the children of separated or divorcing parents feel safe, and confident in their care.

  • Our Children First Program
  • Child Custody Mediation in California
  • California Children’s Services
  • Los Angeles County Health Department: California Children’s Services
    • http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/cms/ccs.htm – Review statewide advocacy programs that combine private health insurance with state-funded Medi-Cal recipients that encourage families to seek the proper healthcare for their children when personal payment is not an option due to income restraints
  • Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
    • http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/ – A source for improving child safety, access to in-home permanency and wellness with a focus on organizational excellence to ensure proper care for displaced children
  • Parent Education Referral List, for High Conflict Families
  • Private Counselors and Evaluators Directory: California
  • Family and Children: Parenting Plan Pamphlet
  • The Child Care Resource Center
    • https://www.ccrcca.org/ – An established resource in the Los Angeles area that incorporates well-being into communities by effectively connecting education, community leaders, professionals, and parents that share the common goal of promoting quality child care
  • Family Resource Centers Network of California
    • http://www.frcnca.org/ – Connect with one of the 47 Early Start Family Resource Centers that serve children with developmental disabilities while connecting parents to the educational resources they need to gain access to out-of-reach care 
  • Children’s Home Society of California
    • https://www.chs-ca.org/ – A superior tool to broaden family support services in early education, community activism, child care, and development trends
  • Connections for Children
  • The Pro Child Way
    • http://www.theprochildway.com/ – Discover a nurturing and open approach to co-parenting after separation or divorce by focusing on the children’s needs first
  • Up to Parents
    • http://www.uptoparents.org/ – A completely free resource to assist separated or divorced parents with keeping the peace in their children’s lives   
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    • https://www.childwelfare.gov – An assured source for protecting children from abuse while implementing family group decision making, and preserving healthy lifestyles for everyone in the home
  • The Children’s Rights Council
    • http://www.crckids.org/ – Discover resources that encourage shared parenting, prevention of child neglect and abuse, and the legislative initiatives to improve the legal process for those who have suffered from less than stellar care
  • USA.gov: Government Agency for Child Care
    • https://www.usa.gov/child-care – A helpful source for family members and grandparents who are charged with the care and housing of children whose parents are no longer their primary caregiver
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 
    • http://www.missingkids.com/home – Discover important methods on identifying exploited children, reporting missing children, and preventing and protecting the children in your community from potentially unsafe individuals and circumstances
  • The Child Quest International Guide
    • http://www.childquest.org/ – An informative source for protecting children and teenagers from unsafe internet activity, including falling victim to scams, predators, and illicit, potentially damaging online behavior

California Child Support Resources

  • California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS)
    • http://www.childsup.ca.gov/ – Create an online account to monitor the receipt of child support payments, make payments, locate an office, or contact a DCSS employee
  • Local Child Support Agencies in California by County

Domestic Violence Support and Information

  • California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
    • http://www.cpedv.org/ – Understand domestic violence guidelines in the State of California and how the partnership provides advocacy and expertise to help form policies to protect the abused
  • California Victim Compensation Board
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline
    • http://www.thehotline.org/ – Gain immediate access to domestic violence advocates who can confidentially provide safety instructions, resources, and tips for identifying an unhealthy relationship or discovering initiatives to escape dangerous relationships

Military Divorce Resources

  • Congressional Research Service: Military Benefits for Former Spouses
  • United States National Library of Medicine; National Institute of Health: Military Divorces

Hiring an Attorney: Understanding Family Law and the Legal Process

Tax Information and Financial Resources for Divorcing Couples

  • Internal Revenue Service, Spousal Resources
  • Property and Debt in a Divorce or Legal Separation
    • http://www.courts.ca.gov/1039.htm – Understand property possession, including more than houses and cars, but bank accounts, stocks, and pension plans, and how their ownership is established upon legal separation or divorce
  • Spousal/Partner Support: California Courts
    • http://www.courts.ca.gov/1038.htm – Learn whether you are eligible for spousal/partner support after a separation or divorce, and understand how it is calculated based on your personal circumstances
  • Financial and Legal Rights within a Marriage: State of California
  • Enforceable Agreements: Prenuptial

Government Tools and Resources for Families of Divorce to Help Maintain Financial Stability, Safe Housing, and Access to Education

  • Evictions, Housing, and Foreclosure Information: California Courts
  • The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • State of California Employment Development Department
    • http://www.edd.ca.gov/ – Search California’s premier source for connecting job seekers in the state with potential employers, or file an unemployment, paid family leave or disability insurance claim online
  • Federal Emergency Management Association
  • The US Department of Education
    • https://www.ed.gov/ – Research financial grants, loans, laws, and guidance to choosing the best path to advanced education opportunities
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics: United States Prosecutors’ Offices

Government and Legal Association Tools: National, State, and Local Family Resources

  • Superior Court of California, Family Law in Los Angeles County        
  • Establishing Parentage and Paternity: California Courts
  • The Basics of Divorce, Legal Separation or Annulment: California Courts
  • California Courts Self Help Center
  • Stanley Mosk Family Court Directory
  • Administration for Children and Families
    • https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ – Access partnerships with local and state service providers to empower the independence of family health and human services in underserved communities
  • The Administration for Community Living
    • https://www.acl.gov/ – Discover initiatives that allow people with disabilities to live in healthy environments, with people who provide the proper guidance and care to support their development fully

Getting to Know Your Local Government Officials

Engaging local government authorities provides the opportunity to keep up with legislative changes that may affect your family in the future.

  • USA.gov California State Government
  • State of California Governor
    • https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/ – Search primary contact information for the current Governor of the State of California or send a message to the office directly from the website
  • State of California Senators
  • State of California House of Representatives
  • California Legislative Information
    • http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ – Search legislatives codes, bills and publications from current and previous legal sessions in California that the Senators and Representatives participate in on behalf of the voters
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