Getting a divorce in Stockton
San Joaquin residents have many authorities and attorneys waiting to help
Please see "Updated: Divorce in California" to read about the role of an attorney, benefits of professional counseling and the need to urgently address any domestic violence issues that may be a part of your situation. That article also includes statewide links to domestic violence resources, legal self-help, residency requirements and other basic information.
Local resources for help with domestic violence
Residents of Stockton and San Joaquin county have several agencies and facilities that can help with counseling as well as preventive, rescue/planning/escape measures and emergency/temporary shelter. Following are some online resources for your local area:
- Stockton Police Department--
- San Joaquin Sheriff's Department;
- Women's Center of San Joaquin;
- San Joaquin Superior Court's Web page, plus the court's domestic violence links & contacts page;
- District Attorney's Family Law page, plus the DA's Prosecution Team page (scroll down to "Family Law").
[Note: State budget issues have forced some closures in the local branch of superior court. From what I can tell, for the purposes of informing those of you interested in "domestic violence + San Joaquin county," the major changes are that the Tracy Court Branch and Department L-2 of the Lodi Court Branch are closed for the foreseeable future, so Domestic Violence cases will be administered through the Stockton Court Annex. See the court's Sept. 28 press release for details.]
Superior Court: San Joaquin County
The court you or your attorney will use is the Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin, and the following information is either quoted or derived from its Web site, or from the site of California Courts, Judicial Branch.
Location, contact info
Lots of changes are planned for the local court, but for now you can rely on this Stockton Family Law link as your chief information source for local court "official news." Of course, if you hire a locally-based divorce attorney who "fits" with your personal style--and can offer proof that she or he is not only trained, and not only experienced but also keeps up with changes in the law--then you don't have to know all this stuff because your attorney will simply tell where you to go and when to be there.
From the Court's FAQ page
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I contact the Family Law Division?
- There are two Family Law departments in Superior Court. Where will my case be heard?
- When are matters heard?
- How much does mediation cost?
- If I have calendaring questions, who do I call?
- Where do I leave an order to show cause for the judge or commissioner to sign?
- How do matters involving custody and visitation disputes get on calendar?
- How do I calendar a matter that doesn't involve custody or visitation issues?
- How do I have both custody and financial issues heard on the same day?
- How do I get a copy of a transcript?
- Why won't the courtroom clerk help me?
A lot to consider
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