Step 1: Get Your Court Forms

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In California, after you have opened a court case to get:

  • a divorce,
  • legal separation,
  • to dissolve a domestic partnership, or
  • domestic violence restraining orders

If you were married or domestic partners, you can file forms in a family law court Opens new window asking the court to order your former spouse or partner to pay you a specific amount of money every month.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator Opens
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For help in getting low-cost legal aid, click here. Opens new window

For help finding local court forms you may need, go to your county's court website: click here. Opens new
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The forms to ask for Spousal or Partner Support are:

  • Request for Order (Form FL-300) Opens new window and
    See the instructions Opens new window for this form.
  • Income and Expense Declaration (Form FL-150) Opens new window
    See the instructions Opens new window for this form.
    (Note: if this financial form has been filed as part of a related court case, simply update it and file it again to get support.) 

Forms are available at courthouses for a small fee. They may also be found in many libraries or in bookstores, or in the forms section of this website. You can also click on the form number.

NOTE: These forms are filed as part of another family law court case so please remember:
  • The case number will be the same as the case number for the divorce, separation or domestic violence protection request.
  • The “petitioner” will be the same as the “petitioner” in the other court case – no matter who is asking for support.
  • The “respondent” will be the same as the “respondent” in the other court case – no matter who is being asked to pay support.

To view a short video called “Paperwork Basics” (forms), click here. Opens new window

REMEMBER: The Office of the Family Law Facilitator can help you with any part of this process if you don’t have an attorney to represent you. For information about the Family Law Facilitator’s Office in the county where you live, click here. Opens new window

When you have the forms, return here and go on with Step 2: File Your Forms With the Court: click here.


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