Family Law Courts have jurisdiction over all cases involving dissolution of marriage, legal separation, nullity, paternity, domestic violence, child custody, visitation and support. All documents can be filed in the Family Law Division, located on the second floor of the Hall of Justice, 600 Union Avenue in Fairfield or the Solano Justice Center, located at 321 Tuolumne Street in Vallejo. Filings are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Family Law Division Clerk's Office. See drop box information below for acceptance of filings after 2:00 p.m.
Effective September 29, 2014, all Family Law matters filed in the Fairfield Court will be assigned as follows:
The Honorable Garry T. Ichikawa (Supervising Family Law Judge), Department 14 (Fairfield, Room 201)
The Honorable Cynda Unger, Department 5 (Fairfield, Room 301)
The Honorable Christine A. Carringer, Department 12 (Fairfield, Room 302)
The Honorable David L. Haet, Department 20 (Fairfield, Room 304)
Hours of Operation
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.
Fairfield: (707) 207-7340Back to Top
Drop Box Information
Effective January 14, 2013 our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The number of documents processed per person, law firm or filing agency will be limited to five (5) between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The only exception to the five document limit will be if there is a statute running. For your convenience, there are drop boxes located at the Vallejo Branch Court, and under the stairs on the second floor in the Hall of Justice in Fairfield, for dropping filing documents.
Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. you may drop your papers for filing in the drop box located at the Hall of Justice in Fairfield. Your papers will be file-stamped with the same date that they were placed into the drop box. If your filing requires a fee, please securely attach a check, DO NOT ATTACH CASH, to your documents. If a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided, endorse-filed copies will be returned to you by mail. If an envelope is not provided, your copies will be available for thirty (30) days in the pick up box located in the clerk's office.
Click here for information related to the Vallejo Solano Justice Center Drop Box.Back to Top
Solano Legal Access Center (SLAC)
The SLAC office provides assistance completing forms regarding Child Support, Custody, Visitation, Paternity, Restraining Orders and other matters, as time permits. Office hours are 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The office is closed on Wednesdays. More information is available on our website under Court Divisions, Solano Legal Access Center.Back to Top
Family Court Services Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC)
Child Custody Recommending Counseling is a meeting between disputing parties and a neutral third person - the child custody recommending counselor- whose role is to assist the parties in reaching an agreement. The child custody recommending cousnselor (CCRC) does not represent either party, but remains impartial. A CCRC is a trained professional assigned to help parents discuss their child's needs and assist them in making a schedule that best serves the child. When parents do not agree on custody and visitation arrangements, California law requires that they attend CCRC before the court hearing to try to reach an agreement.
In cases where there are sworn allegations of domestic violence, the parties may each meet separately with the CCRC. If you choose to meet with the other party, you may bring a support person to the session. This support person is not permitted to participate, but may offer you emotional support. In cases of domestic violence, the Judge - not the CCRC- makes a determination as to whether the alleged violence actually occurred.
The Solano Family Court requires that every parent who is to participate in Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC) must attend an orientation/education session before the actual CCRC session. This orientation session prepares the parents by informing them of the nature, goals, and extent of CCRC and what each parent can expect from it. Valuable time is thus not taken from the child custody recommending counselor to explain these things. Additionally, the developmental needs of children are discussed, as well as the benefits of cooperation and the negative consequences of parental conflict. Orientation/Education is mandatory and classes are offered two ways:
1. You can attend the parent orientation/education class online by clicking on the online orientation/education class. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete the online class. Once you have completed the online orientation/education class please complete and print the Certification of Completion. Hand write your case number, your name and date the certificate. Hand deliver or mail a copy of the certificate of completion to the Hall of Justice located at 600 Union Avenue Fairfield CA 94533, Attention Family Law Division, Family Court Services.
To view the orientation presentation online you will need Powerpoint viewer on your computer. You can install PowerPoint viewer by clicking on PowerPoint viewer which will allow you to download and install directly from Microsoft for free.
2. You can personally attend the parent orientation/education class. Both parties must call (707) 207-7347 immediately to schedule orientation before your hearing. It takes 30 minutes to one hour to watch the video and receive written reading materials.Back to Top
Family Law Programs
(P.E.A.C.E) Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness Program. Click on the links below for more information on registration.
The Peace Training Program is a parenting education class with a curriculum developed in collaboration with the Fairfield-Suisun, Vacaville and Vallejo Adult Schools with Judicial input to create cooperative and effective co-parenting relationships between parents involved in divorce, legal separation, paternity and custody cases.
The program has been endorsed by the Family Law Judicial Officers and recommendations and referrals are routinely made for parents in high-conflict cases.
If you would like to Register now, registration forms are available in both English and Spanish versions by clicking on this link.
Classes meet Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm. Fee: $25 includes booklet.
(S.P.A.C.E) Solano Parent and Child Education Program. The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has created a website: www.solano-spaceprogram.com. On this website are lings to free parental education, including positive parenting/discipline methods, the S.T.E.P program, kindergarten readiness and a link to sign up for the PEACE program.Back to Top
Notice of Fee Changes Effective July 1, 2012
The following fees will be effective July 1, 2012. See attached Notice of Fee Changes,Back to Top
Notice of Fee Changes Effective August 1, 2012Back to Top
New Fee Schedule Effective January 1, 2014.Back to Top
|Filing Petition for Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity, Joint Petition for Summary Dissolution, Petition for Child Custody or any other first paper on behalf of Petitioner/Plaintiff||$435.00|
|Filing first paper on behalf of Respondent/Defendant||$435.00|
|Filing subsequent Request for Order or other proceeding to modify or enforce a judgment or order of support (no issues of custody or visitation)||$60.00|
|DCSS Cases- Filing first paper on behalf of respondent, claimant, etc.||No Fee|
|DCSS Cases - Subsequent Paper - Filing any notice of intention to move for new trial, any notice of motion/request for order; or any other paper requiring a hearing subsequent to the first paper||No Fee|
|DCSS Cases- Motion for Modification, Order to Show Cause/Request for Order, or other proceeding to modify or enforce Judgment or Order of Custody or visitation||$85.00|
|Request for Order for Modification or other proceeding to modify or enforce a judgment or order of custody or visitation||$85.00|
|Ex Parte Application in a family law matter||$60.00|
|Request for Order forms packet||$10.00|
|Order After Hearing forms packet||$10.00|
|Complaint to Establish Parental Relationship forms packet||$10.00|
|Summary Dissolution of Marriage forms packet||$10.00|
|Dissolution/Legal Separation/ Nullity forms packet||$10.00|
|Emancipation of Minor forms packet||$10.00|
|Domestic Violence forms packet with instructions||No Charge|
|Request to Waiver Court fees and Order forms packet||No Charge|
|Certified copy of any original paper, record or proceeding on file||$25.00|
|Certified copy of a Final Judgment of Dissolution, Nullity or Legal Separation||$15.00|
|Photocopies of any original paper, record or proceeding on file (uncertified)||$.50 per page/per side|
|Search Fee (for records/files) over 10 minutes||$15.00 per search|
|Court Reporter Fees - Per 1/2 day beginning the first day of civil, probate or family law jury trial||$222.00|
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