Family Law

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Legal Know-How for California Family Law Attorneys

California family law attorneys have to navigate divorce, child custody and support, marital settlement agreements, visitation, and countless other family law issues for the nearly 12 million households in this state, as part of the largest and most complex court system in the country. Rely on CEB’s comprehensive California-focused practical coverage of family law so you can provide the compassionate, attentive, and personalized legal counsel that each client, and their family, deserves.

Included Know-How Resources

We’re always updating and adding new content, but browse a list of selected content to decide whether Practitioner | Family Law is right for you:

Family Law Litigation

  • Contested Martial Dissolution Workflow
  • How to Determine Jurisdiction in Marital Actions
  • Understanding Division of Out-of-State Real Property in Marital Action
  • Understanding the Dissolution Residency Requirement
  • How to Complete, File, and Serve Summons and Petitions for Dissolution (FL-100 & FL-110)
  • How to Develop and Implement a Discovery Plan in a Marital Action
  • Understanding Issues Affecting Discovery in Child Custody Matters
  • Frequently Used Formal Discovery Methods in Family Law Actions
  • How to Prepare for Trial in Marital Actions
  • Understanding the Similarities and Differences Between Family Law Trials and General Civil Trials
  • Understanding the Pretrial Chambers Conference in Marital Actions
  • How to Request a Statement of Decision in Family Law Actions
  • Understanding Judgments in Marital Actions
  • Default and Uncontested Marital Actions Workflow
  • Understanding Venue in Marital Actions
  • Understanding Jurisdiction Over Child Custody in Marital Actions Generally
  • Understanding Jurisdiction or Child Custody in Interstate and International Conflicts
  • How to Draft a Motion to Strike in a Marital Action
  • Understanding Motions Available to Respondent Using Request for Order in Marital Action
  • Understanding Right to Request Sealing of Pleadings Containing Financial Information in Marital Actions
  • Understanding Ex Parte Applications in Marital Actions
  • Understanding Different Approaches to Resolution in Marital Actions
  • Sample Basic Marital Settlement Agreement
  • Sample Complex Marital Settlement Agreement
  • Understanding the Client’s Role in Discovery (Family Law)
  • Checklist for Presenting Case at Trial (Marital Action)


  • Chart: Methods of Proving the Value of Property (Marital Actions)
  • Understanding Characterization, Valuation, and Division of Business or Professional Practice in Martial Actions
  • How to Complete, File, and Serve Property Declaration (FL-160)
  • Understanding Tax Aspects of Property Division
  • Understanding Valuation of Property in Marital Actions
  • How to Characterize Property in Marital Actions
  • Understanding Division of Defined Benefit Retirement Plan in Marital Actions
  • How to Complete, File, and Serve Income & Expense Declaration (FL-150)

Child Custody and Visitation

  • How to Seek a Child Custody Evaluation
  • How to Prepare a Client for Child Custody Evaluation
  • Understanding Child Custody Evaluator’s Report
  • Documents to Present to Child Custody Evaluator
  • How to Represent a Client Engaged in Mandatory Child Custody Mediation
  • Understanding the Move-Away Case (Child Custody)
  • Understanding Tax Aspects to Child Custody Orders
  • Understanding Discovery Tools in Child Custody Matters
  • Understanding Types of Custody Orders
  • Considerations in Making Child Custody Awards

Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA)

  • How to File and Serve a Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DV-100)
  • How to File and Serve a Response to Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DV-120)
  • Temporary Orders Available in DVPA Petitions
  • Understanding the Qualifying Relationship for DVPA Petitions
  • Understanding the Duration and Renewal of Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Child and Spousal Support

  • How to Determine Statewide Uniform Guideline for Child Support
  • How to Complete Spousal, Partner, or Family Support Order Attachment (FL-343)
  • Understanding Temporary Spousal Support
  • Chart: Forms of Long-Term Spousal Support
  • Understanding the Mandatory Considerations in Setting Permanent Spousal Support
  • Understanding Child Support Orders in Marital Actions
  • Understanding the Notice of Rights and Responsibilities and Information Sheet on Changing a Child Support Order (FL-192)
  • Understanding Understanding Orders Regarding Health Insurance in Marital Actions
  • How to Complete Spousal or Domestic Partner Support Declaration Attachment (FL-157)
  • Understanding Tax Consequences for Spousal Support


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How-To Guides

Spend less time navigating the local rules of court and multiple pages on each court’s website. Let the judges in the California counties and district courts you practice in guide you through the proper procedure. Each How-To Guide provides clear, concise step-by-step guidance, including Judge’s Perspective notes, Practice Notes, and more. 

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Strategy Notes

The best lawyers always want to know how other experienced practitioners analyze the issues. Strategy Notes give you an outline of the key strategic and tactical considerations you should take into account when analyzing a new development in your practice area, approaching settlement negotiations, or advising your client.  

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Charts & Checklists

Not everything requires in-depth legal research. Sometimes all you need is a quick overview of the key tasks or issues, or a reminder to not to forget an important step. Includes Cause of Action Checklists that outline the key elements, statutes of limitations, relevant jury instructions, remedies, and damages for a particular claim.   

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Sample Documents

High-quality templates, forms, and standard clauses, with detailed Guidance Comment annotations explaining the document’s requirements, as well as how, when, or why to adapt the sample language or use an alternate clause. Downloadable in Word, either with or without Guidance Comments.  

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Included Titles

Expanded! More titles than in the classic OnLAW subscription.

With CEB’s Family Law research tool, you can: 

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