Court and Attorney Information
COVID-19 Superior Court Update
Cancelled court appearances for March, April, and May for Humboldt Superior Court have been rescheduled. Notices were sent out in the mail from the Superior Court, and phone contacts were made to affected participants by Child Support staff.
Court appearances are available via Zoom or Court Call. Zoom has free phone and video conferencing options and does not require set up in advance. Court Call has a fee that can be waived if the participant qualifies for a Fee Waiver through the Superior Court and must be arranged several weeks in advance.
To attend your court date via Zoom, go to https://www.humboldt.courts.ca.gov/ and scroll down to the Online Video Hearings section, Join Your Hearing Online. Child Support matters are heard in Department 8.
All Trinity Superior Court matters are proceeding as normally scheduled.
Department of Child Support & The Courts
Child Support Services does not provide legal advice and will not contact the court on your behalf. Additionally, we do not have the authority to change or move a scheduled court date. Only the court can change a court date. If you find you need to reschedule a court date you can contact the Superior Court Clerks Office at (707) 445-7256 Humboldt or (530) 623-1208 Trinity to attempt to reschedule.
Child Support Services is also prohibited from providing assistance in spousal support, child custody and visitation proceedings. For these types of assistance we recommend that you contact the Family Law Facilitators office or consult private legal council.
Private Family Law Attorney
Some child support case participants have private attorneys that represent them in legal actions related to Dissolution of Marriage, Child Custody, Visitation, and Parentage. It is the choice of the participant if they also want the private attorney to represent their interest in any legal action related to the child support case. In any case where a private attorney is representing someone for child support purposes copies of legal filings will be sent to the attorney.
If a participant is represented by a private attorney, and a Permission to Discuss Attorney Form is not on file for the child support case, workers from the child support office cannot discuss the case with the participant directly, all communication will happen through the attorney's office. To approve direct communication between the represented participant and the child support office, the form can be completed by the private attorney's office and submitted by email, fax, or regular mail.
Family Law Facilitator
The Family Law Facilitator program can help those who do not have attorneys to handle their divorce, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and paternity cases. Please view more information on their websites.
- Humboldt Mediation Services - a non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflicts in our community by providing the best possible services in mediation and facilitation with individuals and groups.
Court Forms Online Resources and Support
For easy to use court forms, go to http://sharpcourts.org/about-sharp/onlineresources/ . There are simple packets available for Divorce/Dissolution, Domestic Violence Restraining Order, Guardianship, Name Change, Parentage, Small Claims, Civil Harassment Restraining Order, and Elder Abuse.
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