This is the document that initializes your divorce with the Court. It is the first thing you file and requires a $435 filing fee. Download Petition for Divorce now.
This is the document that accompanies your Petition. It is a notice to the other party that a case has been opened with the County Superior Court and requires a response within 30 days of service. Download Summons now.
UCCJEA (FL-105) :
This is the document that, if you have minor children, tells the Court when their children have lived for the past five years and helps the Court to determine whether they have the jurisdiction to make child custody and visitation orders. Download UCCJEA now.
Proof of Service of Summons (FL-115):
This is the document that you will file after the Petition, Summons, and UCCJEA have been served. It tells the Court that the action has been served and determines when the 6 month and 1-day time clock starts. Download Proof of Service of Summons now.
Proof of Personal Service | Proof of Service by Mail
(FL-330 and FL-335)
These are documents that you file with the court demonstrating that you have served documents on your spouse as required. Download Proof of Personal Service now. Download Proof of Service by Mail now.
Notice & Acknowledgment of Receipt (FL-117):
This document is signed by the party served with documents, and then is filed with the Court. This document tells the Court that a party has been served with specific documents and the party acknowledges receipt of those documents. Download Notice & Acknowledgment of Receipt now.
This is the Response to the Petition that you have been served with. It needs to be filed and served within 30 days of the date you were served with the Petition. It tells the Court your requests and desires for certain Orders to be made in your case. This document requires a $435 filing fee and must be accompanied by a UCCJEA if there are minor children involved in the case. Download Response now.
Income and Expense Declaration (FL-150):
This document tells the Court your monthly gross income and expenses. The Court uses this document when determining the income earnings of both parties and when determining spousal or child support. Download Income and Expense Declaration now.
Property Declaration (FL-160):
This form tells the Court what property you have to divide and how you want it to be divided. Download Property Declaration now.
Schedule of Assets and Debts (FL-142):
This form is a part of your mandatory disclosure documents. You do not file it with Court, but you do prepare and serve it on the other party/their lawyer. It lays out all of your property, both community and separate, and the balances at separation and currently. It assists in the division of property in the case. Download Schedule of Assets and Debts now.
Financial Statement (Simplified) (FL-155):
This document can be used to describe your financial situation if you are not self-employed, if neither you nor your spouse is requesting spousal support (or an adjustment of existing support) or lawyer fees, and if all of your income comes from your salary, or from disability, unemployment, social security, welfare, or workers’ compensation benefits. Download Simplified Financial Statement now.
Financial Statement (FL-150):
This document must be used if your financial situation does not permit you to file the simplified statement above. Download Simplified Financial Statement now.
Declaration of Disclosure (FL-140):
This form is a part of your mandatory disclosure documents. It does not get filed with the court, only prepared and served on the other party/their lawyer. On this form, you declare that you have done an Income and Expense Declaration and Schedule of Assets and Debts. You will also need to attach your last two years of (redacted) tax returns to this form when serving it on the other party. Download Declaration of Disclosure now.
Declaration Re Service of Disclosures (FL-141):
The last document required for your mandatory disclosure documents. This one does get filed with Court. It tells Court when you served your disclosure documents and in what manner of service that was done. The Court will not grant your divorce without each of you has completed this form. Download Declaration Re Service of Disclosures now.
Request to Enter Default (FL-165):
This form is used when the other party has failed to file their Response within 30 days of being served with the Petition. This form tells the Court that they can now take a “default” against the other party. A clerk will decide whether or not to enter the other party’s default and will send it back to you, regardless of their decision. Download Request to Enter Default now.
Stipulation & Waiver of Final Disclosures (FL-144):
This form is signed by both parties and tells the Court that you both agree to waive receipt of your final disclosure documents. The Court requires either this form or you to each has done a final set of your disclosure documents prior to entering your divorce. Download Stipulation & Waiver of Final Disclosures now.
Declaration for Default/Uncontested Dissolution (FL-170):
This form is signed by one party and is required when submitting your Judgment for review by the Judge. It tells the Court, in a nutshell, the status of the case – e.g. the Petition is true and correct, there are requests in the Judgment that you want to be made orders of the Court, and you have met all requirements to be divorced. Download Declaration for Default/Uncontested Dissolution now.
Appearance, Stipulations, and Waivers (FL-130):
This document is signed by both parties and, if applicable, counsel. It tells the Court that you each have come to an agreement, it is uncontested, you want the agreement to be made an order of the Court, that you waive your right to a trial, and that a Commissioner can sign your Judgment. Download Appearance, Stipulations and Waivers now.
Form Interrogatories (FL-145):
This document asks the other party in a case to provide relevant information such as income, tax returns, dependents, and health. Download Form Interrogatories now.
Judgment Checklist (FL-182):
This document allows you to ensure that you’ve filled out all of the official paperwork you’ll need to complete your divorce. Download Judgment Checklist now.
This is your divorce Judgment. It lays out all orders that have been entered in your case. It also contains the date that you and your ex are considered single in the eyes of the Court. Download Judgment now.
Notice of Entry of Judgment (FL-190):
This is a one-page document that tells you and your ex that your Judgment has been entered and on what date. Download Notice of Entry of Judgment now.
Findings and Order After Hearing (FL-340):
Child Custody and Visitation Application Attachment (FL-311)
This document allows you to request orders for specific child visitation arrangements. Download Child Custody and Visitation Application Attachment now.
Child Custody and Visitation Order Attachment (FL-341):
This is an attachment to a Stipulation (agreement), Findings and Order After Hearing, or Judgment that you would use to describe your child custody and visitation orders. It is the portion of the Judgment that you would show to any law enforcement officer should you ever encounter issues with your custody and visitation schedule. Download Child Custody and Visitation Order attachment now.
Children’s Holiday Schedule Attachment (FL-341(c)):
Joint Legal Custody Attachment (FL-341(e)):
Child Support Attachment (FL-342):
This is an attachment to a Stipulation (agreement), Findings and Order After Hearing or Judgment that lays out the orders for your child support. It describes who pays who, how much, and how often. It also contains orders for how the parties are to deal with health insurance, travel, and schooling issues. Download Child Support attachment now.
Property Order Attachment (FL-345):
This is an attachment to a Stipulation (agreement), Findings and Order After Hearing or Judgment that includes all of the property orders in your case. It includes orders regarding who gets what community property (including financial accounts), who is assigned what separate property (including financial accounts) and whether there are any retirement or employee benefit accounts to be divided, and how. Download Property Order attachment now.
Spousal Support Attachment (FL-343):
This is an attachment to a Stipulation (agreement), Findings and Order After Hearing or Judgment that lays out the orders for your spousal support. It describes who pays who, how much, how often, and for how long. Download Spousal Support attachment now.
Child Support Case Registry form (FL-191):
This is a separate (mandatory) document that tells the Court basic information regarding your child support orders. It tells the Court each party’s contact information, employer information, and child support amount. Download Child Support Case Registry form now.
Notice of Rights/Responsibilities (FL-192):
This is a mandatory document that is to be attached to the Judgment. It lays out the procedures for requesting reimbursements for child-related expenses from the other party (e.g. out of pocket medical expenses). Download Notice of Rights/Responsibilities now.
Income Withholding for Support (FL-195):
This is a Wage Assignment (garnishment) for child support. You would fill this out and file it with the Court in order to have your child support directly deducted from the payor’s earnings. It is then sent directly to the State Disbursement Unit, who sends it directly to you. Some people prefer to have a wage assignment in place so as not to deal with or depend on the paying party. Download Income Withholding for Support now.
Earnings Assignment Order for
Spousal Support (FL-435):
This is also a Wage Assignment (garnishment), but only for spousal support. You would fill this out and file it with the Court in order to have your spousal support directly deducted from the payor’s earnings. It is then sent directly to you. Some people prefer to have a wage assignment in place so as not to deal with or depend on the paying party. Download Earnings Assignment Order for Spousal Support now.
Request for Order (FL-300):
This is filed with the Court when you want the Court to make decisions regarding certain issues that you are having that you have been unable to come to an agreement with your spouse on. For example, if you want to sell your community property home, establish child support and/or spousal support or obtain a court-ordered parenting plan, you would file a Request for Order regarding this issue. The Court would then make an order regarding your request. Download Request for Order now.
Property Order Attachment to Findings and Order after Hearings (FL-344):
Request to Waive Court Fees (FW-001):
When you file a Divorce Petition or Response, the court requires that you pay a filing fee (usually $435). If you cannot afford the filing fee, you may want to apply for a fee waiver with the court. To ask for a fee waiver, you need to complete and sign Form FW-001, make two copies (so you have three total), and bring to your court clerk. Instructions regarding the fee waiver process are contained in Form FW-001-INFO. The California court website also offers instructions via a free video tutorial.
Spousal or Partner Support Attachment (FL-157):
If you file a Request for Order requesting spousal support or lawyer fees, you would fill out this document, describing to the Court what it is you want and what supports your request. Download Spousal or Partner Support attachment now.
Spousal, Partner, or Family Support Order Attachment (FL-343):
Supporting Declaration for Lawyer fees (FL-158):
If you file a Request for Order requesting lawyer fees, you would fill out this document, describing to the Court what it is you want and what supports your request. You will also inform the Court of where the money you want paid to you can come from (e.g. what assets, etc.).* Download Supporting Declaration for Lawyer fees now.
Request for Lawyer Fees and Costs Attachment (FL-319):
This document allows you to attach relevant information to a request for lawyer fees. Download Request for Lawyer Fees and Costs Attachment now.
Lawyers Fees and Costs Order Attachment (FL-346):
This document can be attached to your Stipulation (agreement), Findings and Order After Hearing or Judgment when there is an order that one spouse pay attorney fees and/or costs. Download Lawyers Fees and Costs Order Attachment now.
*This form can also be used to respond to a request for lawyer fees, in which you would tell the Court whether you agree to the other party’s request and why.
Request for Telephone Appearance (FL-679):
This document can be used to request a telephone court appearance if you have a court hearing scheduled but are not able to attend in person. Note: You need to file this document 12 court (think business) days before your court date. Download Request for Telephone Appearance now.
Request for Production of Income and Expense Declaration After Judgment (FL-396):
This form can be used to request income information from your ex-spouse after you are divorced. Download Request for Production of Income and Expense Declaration after Judgment now.
Additional Page Attachment (MC-020):
Attachment to Judicial Council Form (MC-025):
This is a template for a written declaration for submission to the court. You will most often use this when you prepare a Request for Order (FL-300). Download Declaration now.
Attached Declaration (MC-031):
This is a template for a declaration that you are filing as an attachment to another document. Download Attached Declaration now.