Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact the Family Law Division? (Top)
The Family Law Division may be reached at (209) 468-8116, or you may come to court in person. The Family Law Division is located at the Downtown Stockton Court Annex at 540 E. Main St, Stockton, CA, 95202.
There are three Family Law departments in Superior Court. Where will my case be heard? (Top)
There is a listing of cases on each floor of the courthouse in the courtroom wing. Your case is listed alphabetically and the list will tell you which court will hear it
When are matters heard? (Top)
Matters involving custody and visitation are heard on Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m. Calendar dates for matters involving custody and visitation are assigned by the clerk when you file your motion. Parties appearing on this calendar may be sent to mediation. Parties may be in mediation for the entire morning. Mediation reviews are heard Monday through Friday at 10:00.
Trials set by At-Issue Memorandum.
- Trials involving attorneys are scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. in Dept F-2
- If both parties in a case are Pro Per the trials are scheduled on Tuesdays at 8:45 a.m. in Dept. F-1.
Long Cause Hearings are scheduled by the Judge/Commissioner based on court availability.
Matters involving any issues other than custody and visitation are heard on the 8:15 a.m. short cause hearing calendar on Monday through Friday. Parties are allowed a maximum of twenty minutes for their hearing.
The Department of Child Support Services calendar is heard Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.. Contempts are on Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Family Support modifications are heard Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Paternity defaults are heard on Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m.
Short trials are set at 2:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday
How much does mediation cost? (Top)
The mediation process is free.
If I have calendaring questions, who do I call? (Top)
All calendaring is handled through the calendar clerk at the Downtown Stockton Court Annex at 540 E. Main St, Stockton, CA, 95202. The calendaring office will take phone calls from 8:30 a.m. until noon and from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number for the Family Law Calendaring Department is (209) 468-2873
Where do I leave an order to show cause for the judge or commissioner to sign? (Top)
Orders to Show Cause should be left in the Clerk's Office, at the Downtown Stockton Court Annex at 540 E. Main St, Stockton, CA, 95202. The clerk will take the Order to Show Cause to a judge or commissioner to sign.
How do matters involving custody and visitation disputes get on calendar? (Top)
After the Court has signed the order to show cause. The date and time of the hearing will be assigned by the clerk at 540 E. Main St when you file the motion.
How do I calendar a matter that doesn't involve custody or visitation issues? (Top)
Law and motion and discovery issues may be put on the 9:30 a.m. calendar in Department F3 Monday through Friday. These are short cause hearing calendars and parties may not exceed twenty minutes for their hearing. Please select a date at 9:30 a.m. for your matter to be heard. Put the date on your Order to Show Cause or your Notice of Motion. The matter will be calendared by data entry after you file the motion. You need not clear this date with the calendar clerk. However, if you are interested in how crowded the calendar is or if the judge is available on a certain date, then please contact the calendar clerk. The phone number for the Family Law Calendaring Department is (209)468-2873
How do I have both custody and financial issues heard on the same day? (Top)
You may file your Order to Show Cause or Notice of Motion for both custody and financial issues. You will be assigned to an 8:15 a.m. calendar for mediation. The Court will hear financial issues after the mediation on the same day.
How do I get a copy of a transcript? (Top)
Most proceedings are not transcribed by a court reporter unless a party arranges for and pays for the reporter in advance. Transcripts are obtained directly from the reporter. Transcripts are not free. Contact the reporter from your hearing to get an estimate of the cost of the transcript and arrange for its creation. The Court Reporters are located on the fifth floor of the Courthouse and may be contacted at (209) 468-2840.
Why won't the courtroom clerk help me? (Top)
Superior Court personnel are not permitted, under state law, to provide legal advice to litigants. The phone number for the Lawyer Referral Service of The Bar Association of San Joaquin County is (209) 948-4620. The Family Law Facilitator can be reached at the Family Law Courthouse located at 540 E. Main Street, Stockton, CA. The Pro Per Clinic is in Room 361.