May 29, 2020

Family Law Covid-19 Information and Update

The Sonoma County Superior Court Family Law Division will begin a phased return to Courtroom hearings commencing May 11, 2020.

Family Law Building and Department Closures

  • The Civil and Family Court House is closed.
  • The Family Law Facilitators Office is providing distance services.
  • The Family Court Services Office is conducting virtual mediations and interviews via Zoom.
  • The Family Law Filing Clerk’s Office is receiving documents vis e-file, dropbox and mail.
  • The Children’s Waiting Room is closed.

Family Law Case Continuance and Cancellation of Appointments

  • All court hearings will be conducted via the Zoom platform.
  • Week of May 11
    Department 20 (Commissioner Rasmason) via Zoom
  • Week of May 18
    Department 20 (Commissioner Rasmason)
    Department 22 (Judge Bertoli) domestic violence calendars only. Note: Family Court Services will conduct triage mediation at the time of the hearing as appropriate.
  • Week of May 25.
    Department 20 (Commissioner Rasmason)
    Department 22 (Judge Bertoli) domestic violence calendars only. Note: Family Court Services will conduct triage mediation at the time of the hearing as appropriate.
  • The Family Law Division will then begin hearing Request for Order (“RFO”) calendars on the following rotation:
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00am Dept 21 Dept 23 Dept 22 Dept 21 Dept 23
1:30pm Dept 22 Dept 21 Dept 23 Dept 22 N/A
  • Any specialty calendars (guardianships, citations, etc.)to be held at 8:30 a.m. on the typically assigned day.
    Compliance and Case Management calendars will all be continued to date in 2021.
  • Settlement Conferences will be rescheduled to later dates to be determined.
  • Trials will all be continued and/or set in 2021. All currently scheduled trials will be moved to Master Calendar dates between October 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 for scheduling dates in 2021.
  • Law & Motion matters will be continued to dates starting October 1, 2020.

Family Law Case types identified by the court as Emergencies and how to file

  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order Matters
  • The court highly recommends e-Filing all documents related to Domestic Violence Restraining Orders. If the court user cannot e-file, filers must deposit all required documents and copies in the drop-box located at the Civil and Family Court, 3055 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 94503 by 10:30 am. The document will be returned by email no later than 2:30 pm. Please comply with all State and County orders about travel.

Family Law Related Information & Frequently asked questions

What if I have a domestic violence restraining order that is due to expire during the court closure?

Notices will be sent regarding new court dates once normal court operations resume. Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Orders made by this court that were due to expire March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2020, are extended and effective to April 7, 2020. See home page for applicable order.

Can I file a request for an emergency domestic violence restraining order during the court closure?

Yes, either by electronic filing or by dropping completed requests in the drop-box located at The Civil and Family Court, 3055 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 94503 by 8:30 am. The document will be returned by email no later than 2:30 pm. Processed orders will be returned via email or regular mail during the court closure.


 

Self-Help information regarding domestic violence orders is available through the California Courts Self-Help site at https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-domesticviolence.htm
Where can I find information about child support? http://www.sonoma-county.org/dcss
Where can I find information on Adoptions? http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-adoption.htm
Where can I obtain information on child custody or visitation? For general information go to http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-custody.htm
For information on assistance in Sonoma County go to Services and Resources page: http://sonoma.courts.ca.gov/self-help/community-services


 
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