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California Family Law - California Western
California Family Law

Library Research Guide
Series #14
Compiled by:
Amy L. Moberly
Reference Librarian
California Western School of Law
May, 1999, updated September, 2006

SCOPE: This research guide is not all-inclusive. It does, however, present resources available at the CWSL library and online regarding legal issues associated with California Family Law. It is designed to provide the researcher with guidance as to the location of materials dealing with this subject.

Additional research can be conducted by using the KIM system, legal periodical indexes, and other finding aids.  Access to Lexis, Westlaw, and the Internet is limited to students and faculty at CWSL.

We welcome suggestions for improving this and other research guides. Please consult the Reference Librarian about suggestions and further research questions.


Table of Contents
  1. Print Resources
    1. Codes (Laws)
    2. Uniform Laws
    3. Court Rules
    4. Encyclopedias
    5. Practice Sets - California
    6. Practice Sets - National
    7. Hornbooks & Nutshells
    8. Periodical Indexes
    9. Periodicals
  2. Internet Resources
    1. California
    2. National
  3. Online Catalog

I. Print Resources


   A. Codes (Laws)
  • California Family Law and Rules.  St. Paul, MN.:  Thomson/West.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection and 4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KFC 115 .A29 W47

  • Deering’s California Codes Annotated : California Family Code. San Francisco: Bancroft-Whitney/Lexis Publishing.
    LOCATION: Core Collection & 4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KFC 30.5 .D43

  • West’s Annotated California Codes :  California Family Code.  St. Paul, MN: West Group.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection & 4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KFC 30.5 .D43

  • Larmac Consolidated Index To The Constitution And Laws Of California.  San Francisco:  Recorder Publishing Co.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection and Reserve (on CD-ROM)
    CALL NO.:  KFC 40 .L3


   B. Uniform Laws

   These volumes set forth proposed statutes, some of which have been adopted by California and other states.

  • Uniform Laws Annotated. (Most family matters may be found in volume 9 parts 1-4, volume 9A parts 1-2, and volume 9B).  St. Paul, MN:  West Publishing Co.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KF 165 .A5 U51

  • Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution : Analysis and Recommendations.  Washington, D.C.:  American Law Institute.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KF 535 .P752 2002


   C. Court Rules

   1.  State-wide Rules

   In each county, Family Court is Division V of the local Superior Court, and thus the state-wide rules governing Family Court proceedings can be found in Title Five of the California Rules of Court.  The California Rules of Court can be found in the following sources:

  • California Family Law and Rules.  St. Paul, MN:  Thomson/West.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection and 4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KFC 115 .A29 W47

  • California Rules Of Court, State.  St. Paul, MN:  West Publishing Co.
    LOCATION:  Reserve
    CALL NO.:   KFC 992 .A199

  • Rules of Court and Ninth Circuit Rules : Deering’s Desktop Code Series.  San Francisco:  Lexis Law Publishing.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection and 4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KFC 992 .A197

  • Deering’s California Codes Annotated. (After “Revenue and Taxation”;  look for “Rules Of Court” on the spine).  San Francisco:  Bancroft-Whitney.
    LOCATION: Core Collection
    CALL NO.:   KFC 30.5 .D43

  • West’s Annotated California Codes.  (After “Civil Procedure”; look for “Court Rules” on the spine).  St. Paul, MN:  West Publishing Co.
    LOCATION: Core Collection:
    CALL NO.:  KFC 30.5 .W4, v.23 pt.2

   2.  Local Rules

   Most local Superior Courts have also enacted their own rules governing practice in the Family Court; anyone appearing in that court must follow both the state and local rules.  In San Diego County, look under “Division V:  Family Law”; in other counties, the rules may be organized differently.  Local rules can be found in the following places:

  • San Diego County Rules Of Court.  Los Angeles:  Metropolitan News-Enterprise.
    LOCATION:  Reserve
    CALL NO.:   KFC 992 .A2 1989

  • Court Rules: Southern California.  (San Diego County is in Volume 3). Los Angeles:  Daily Journal Corporation.
    LOCATION:  Reserve
    CALL NO.:  KFC 992 .A2 1978

  • Southern California Local Court Rules : Superior Courts. St. Paul, Minn.:  West Publishing Co.
    LOCATION:  RESERVE
    CALL NO.:  KFC992 .A195


   D.  Encyclopedias
  • Witkin, B.E.  Summary Of California Law.  San Francisco:  Bancroft-Whitney.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection & Reserve
    CALL NO.:  KFC 80 .W8 1987

  • v.10 and Supplement - Parent-Child
    v.11 and Supplement - Husband & Wife
    Cal Jur 3d.  San Francisco:  Bancroft-Whitney.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection
    CALL NO.:  KFC 80 .C29 v.32-33


   E.  Practice Sets -- California
  • Abbott, Malvina E.J. et al.  California Juvenile Dependency Practice.  Berkeley, CA:  CEB.
    LOCATION: Core Collection & Reserve
    CALL NO.: KFC 1196. C34 2002

  • Albaum, Shelley L. et al., California Child Custody Litigation and Practice. Berkeley, CA:  CEB.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection and Reserve
    CALL NO.:  KFC 130 .C355

  • Allphin, Sondra J. et al.  California Domestic Partnerships.  Berkeley, CA:  CEB.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection and Reserve
    CALL NO.:  KFC 120 .C35

  • Amyx, Carol et al.  California Marital Settlement And Other Family Law Agreements.  Berkeley, CA:  CEB.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection & Reserve
    CALL NO.:  KFC 126 .C34 1997

  • Hogoboom, William P. et al.  California Practice Guide : Family Law. Encino, CA:  Rutter Group.
    LOCATION:  Reserve
    CALL NO.:  KFC 115 .H63

  • Kirkland, Kathryn et al, eds. California Family Law Practice And Procedure.  New York:  Matthew Bender.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection
    CALL NO.:  KFC 115 .C34

  • Practice Under The California Family Code: Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity.  Berkeley, CA:  CEB.
    LOCATION:  Core Collection, Reserve and 4th Floor
    CALL NO:  KFC 126 .P72

  • Sherman, Ed.  How To Do Your Own Divorce In California:  A Complete Kit For An Out-Of-Court Divorce Or Dissolution Of A Domestic Partnership.  Santa Cruz, CA:  Nolo Press.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor.
    CALL NO.:  KFC 126 .Z9 S53

  • Stein, Joseph J. et al, eds.  California Community Property with Tax Analysis.  New York:  Matthew Bender.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KFC 125 .C6 C34

  • Zagone, Frank et al.  Do Your Own California Adoption : Nolo’s Guide for Stepparents and Domestic Partners.  Berkeley, CA:  Nolo Press.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor
    CALL NO.: KFC 132 .Z33 2003

  • *Note:  The forms included in this volume are not sufficient for an adoption proceeding in San Diego Superior Court. For copies of the additional forms required by local judges, visit the San Diego County Public Law Library.


   F.  Practice Sets and Treatises -- National
  • Atkinson, Jeff.  Modern Child Custody Practice.  New York:  Lexis/Kluwer.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KF 505.5 .A98 2000

  • Family Law Reporter (1974-present).  Washington, D.C.:  BNA.  “Reference” binder includes federal law and regulations, uniform and model acts, selected state laws, divorce laws from all states and practice aids.  The “Current Developments” binder includes highlights and current indexes.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KF 503.4 .F35

  • Herman, Gregg, ed.  101+ Practical Solutions for the Family Lawyer.  Chicago:  American Bar Association Section of Family Law.
    LOCATION:    4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KF 505 .A2 A15 2003

  • Hollinger, Joan Heifetz, et al.  Adoption Law And Practice.  New York:  Matthew Bender.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KF 545 .A93

  • Morgan, Laura W.  Child Support Guidelines Interpretation and Application.  New York:  Aspen Law and Business.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KF 549 .M672

  • Sullivan, Mark E.  The Military Divorce Handbook : A Practical Guide to Representing Military Personnel and their Families.  Chicago:  American Bar Association.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KF 535 .S85 2006

  • Woodhouse, Violet.  Divorce And Money: How To Make The Best Financial Decisions During Divorce.  (3d ed. 1996).   Berkeley, CA:  Nolo Press.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KF 524 .Z9 W66 1996


   G.  Hornbooks and Nutshells
  • Clark, Homer H., Jr.  The Law Of Domestic Relations In The United States (2d Ed. 1988).  St. Paul, MN:  West Publishing Co.
    LOCATION:  Reserve
    CALL NO.:  KF 504 .C55 1988

  • Krause, Harry D.  Family Law In A Nutshell (4th ed. 2003).  St. Paul, MN:  West Publishing Co.
    LOCATION:  Reserve
    CALL NO.:  KF 505 .Z9 K7 2003

  • Mennell, Robert L. & Thomas M. Boykoff.  Community Property In A Nutshell (2d ed. 1988).  St. Paul, MN:  West Publishing Co.
    LOCATION:  Reserve
    CALL NO.:  KF 526 .Z9 M46 1988


   H. Periodical Indexes

   1. Online

  • Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)
    Weekly index to over 500 major U.S. legal periodicals with links to the full text through Westlaw and Lexis (Westlaw and Lexis passwords required).

  • HeinOnline Periodicals
    Image-based collection of law journals, many from date of inception to present. Also, pre-1981 Federal Register, treaties from 1776 and U.S. Supreme Court from 1754. Author, title and full text of articles are searchable.

  • Index to Legal Periodical & Books
    Searchable database and indexing service of the abstracts of law-related articles. Link to a list of databases where the full text of each article is available. Updated daily. Check "Legal Periodicals and Books" to search 1982-present, and "Legal Periodicals Retro" to search 1918-1981.

  • LegalTrac Periodical Index
    Searchable database and index of abstracts of U.S. legal periodical and newspaper articles from 1980 to present. Full text of some articles is available.

  • Lexis-Nexis
    Includes a searchable database of hundreds of U.S. and Canadian law reviews and journals, from 1982 to the present. Full text of all articles available. Note: Lexis password required.

  • Westlaw
    Includes a searchable database of selected documents from hundreds of U.S. law reviews, journals, CLE publications and bar journals. Full coverage for the entire run of some journals, and coverage starting in 1994 for others. Full text of all articles included in the database available. Note: Westlaw password required.

   2. In Print

Name

Coverage

Location

Current Law Index

1980+

Reference

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books

1700's+

Reference

Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law

1958+

Reference

Law Books in Review

1974+

Reference

Index to California Legal Periodicals and Documents

1964-79

Third Floor; KFC 1 .C12

All CAL Index to Law Reviews and Legal Periodicals

1963-78

Third Floor; KF 8 .G66


   I.  Periodicals
  • American Journal Of Family Law (1987-present). Eau Claire, WI:  Professional Education Systems, Inc.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KF 501 .A3 A43

  • California Family Law Report (1977-1999).  Sausalito, CA:  California Family Law Report, Inc.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor
    CALL NO.:  KFC 115 .A1 C1

  • Children’s Legal Rights Journal (1981-present).  Washington, D.C.:  Children’s Legal Right Information and Training Program.
    LOCATION:  3rd Floor Periodicals.

  • Family Advocate (1978-present).  Chicago:  American Bar Association Section of Family Law.
    LOCATION:  3rd Floor Periodicals.

  • Family Court Review.  Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications, Inc.
    LOCATION:  4th Floor and online at http://kim.cwsl.edu/record=b1178344
    CALL NO.:  KF 505.5 .A15 F35

  • Family Law Quarterly (1967-present).  American Bar Association Section of Family Law.
    LOCATION:  3rd Floor Periodicals.

  • Juvenile And Family Court Journal ( 1978-present).  Reno, NV:  National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
    LOCATION:  3rd Floor Periodicals.

  • Journal Of Juvenile Law (1977-present).  La Verne, CA:  La Verne College Law Center.
    LOCATION:  3rd Floor Periodicals.

  • Journal Of The American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers (1985-present).  Madison, WI:  The Academy.
    LOCATION:  3rd Floor Periodicals.

  • UC Davis Journal Of Juvenile Law And Policy (1996-present). Davis, CA:  Advocates for the Rights of Children : King Hall Law School, University of California at Davis.
    LOCATION:  3rd Floor Periodicals.



II. Internet Resources

NOTE: Internet site addresses change frequently.  Accordingly, some of these sites may no longer exist under the addresses provided.  To locate changed addresses, search for the page title using an Internet search engine such as Google ( www.google.com) or HotBot ( www.hotbot.com ).


   A.  California
  • San Diego County Superior Court.
    http://www.sdcourt.ca.gov
    This site contains the local Rules of Court, court calendars, fee schedules, local Family Court forms, instructions for filing in Family Court and other information regarding the San Diego Superior Court system.

  • California Family Code.
    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml
    This is the Table of Contents to the 29 California Codes.  Click on “Family Code,” to see the Table of Contents.  To search for a particular code section or term, type it in the box at the bottom of the page and click “Search.”

  • California Courts Self-Help Center
    http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/family/
    Links to forms, rules, instructions and other information regarding Family Court proceedings in the State of California, published by the Judicial Council of California.

  • California Department of Child Support Services
    http://www.childsup.cahwnet.gov/
    This agency manages California’s county offices of child support enforcement.  The site includes links to California policies and procedures regarding child support enforcement.

  • County of San Diego Department of Child Support Services
    http://www.sandiegochildsupport.org
    This agency enforces the court’s child support orders, manages payments and establishes paternity.

  • County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Adoptions Program
    http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/programs/cs/adoptions_program/index.html
    This agency investigates all local independent adoption petitions, establishes facts for the termination of parental rights, and reports to the court before an adoption is finalized.


   B.  National
  • Lexis-Nexis
    http://www.lexis.com
    The sources of family law on Lexis are almost endless, but a good place to start is the “Family Law” library, available under the “Area of Law – by Topic” directory.  This library includes practice manuals for many states, family law-related cases for all 50 states, and access to the forms contained in Lindey and Parley on Separation Agreements and Antenuptial Contracts.  You will need your own Lexis password to use this service.

  • Westlaw
    http://www.westlaw.com
    As with Lexis, there are many databases in which you could search for family law information on Westlaw.  A good place to start is under the “Topical Practice Areas” section of the Westlaw Directory.  From there, you can click on “Family Law,” which links you to state and federal cases and statutes related to family law, forms, treatises, and practice materials for many states.

  • Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement Home Page.
    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/css
    Contains news and information about the Office as well as policy statements, reports and state links.

  • Uniform Matrimonial and Family Laws Locator
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uniform/vol9.html
    Contains links to uniform laws related to marriage, family, adoption and parentage.

  • Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C., Chapter 21.
    http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/25/ch21.html
    Also available in print in United States Code, located in the Core Collection.

  • Full Faith And Credit Given To Child Custody Determinations, 28 U.S.C. § 1738A
    http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/28/1738A.html
    Also available in print in United States Code, located in the Core Collection.

  • Adoption Assistance And Child Welfare Act Of 1980, 42 U.S.C. § 620 et seq.
    http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/42/620.html
    Also available in print in United States Code, located in the Core Collection.

  • The Children’s Bureau, 42 U.S.C. Chapter 6.
    http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/42/ch6.html
    Also available in print in United States Code, located in the Core Collection.

  • Child Abuse Prevention And Treatment And Adoption Reform Act, 42 U.S.C. Chapter 67.
    http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/42/ch67.html
    Also available in print in United States Code, located in the Core Collection.



Online Catalog

CWSL’s online catalog may be searched via http://kim.cwsl.edu. There are dedicated computer terminals for catalog access located in the Reference area and on the 3rd and 4th Floors.  The Library has many resources available on family law that are not listed in this guide.  You may find these resources by searching under title, author, keyword or by subject, but the best place to start is often “keyword.”  The following are some selected terms used to search by subject which may reveal useful materials about family law.  To search for discussions of these subjects in California, simply add “California” to the search query, as in “California and adoption.”

Abused Children

Abused Wives

Adoption

Alimony

Antenuptial Contracts

Birth Control

Child Abuse

Child Support

Child Welfare

Children

Community Property

Custody of children

Divorce - Law and legislation

Divorce Mediation

Divorce Settlements

Divorce Suits

Domestic Relations - California

Family

Family Policy

Family Social Work

Family Violence

Father and Child

Gay Couples

Gay Fathers

Guardian and Ward

Husband and Wife

Illegitimacy

Juvenile Corrections

Juvenile Courts

Juvenile Delinquency

Juvenile Justice, Adm.

Kidnapping, Parental

Lesbian Couples

Marriage

Marriage - Annulment

Marriage Counseling

Marriage Law

Married Women

Parent and child

Paternity

Separation

Support (Domestic Relations)

Surrogate Mothers

Unmarried Couples

Wife Abuse