Whether you want to file an uncontested or complex divorce, domestic partnership dissolution, guardianship, paternity action or support modification -- the procedure can be very confusing. Click here (http://www.courts.ca.gov/1230.htm) to find California court forms, preparing documents and filing/serving them with the proper court.
Divorce Docket: Many counties offer an online service to find basic information about your case such as: Parties and attorney's, next court date, filed documents, hearing locations and the Judge assigned to the case. If you live in Alameda County, click here (http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/pages.aspx/domainweb) and then go to "Domain Web." In Contra Costa County, click here (http://www.cc-courts.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=1761) and go to "Tell me about my court case." For Solano County, click here (http://courtconnect.solano.courts.ca.gov/courtconnect/ck_public_qry_main.cp_main_idx).
Deeds and Trusts:
If you want to find out ownership and finance information for real property, check your local recorder's office. In Alameda County, you will want to go to County of Alameda Recorder's Office (http://www.acgov.org/auditor/clerk/propertysearch.htm). In Contra Costa County, go to the Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder's Office. Solano County property records can be found here: http://www.co.solano.ca.us/depts/ar/viewpropertyinfo.asp.
Avvo is a wonderful way to find attorney's. There are several other websites that will help you find reputable divorce and family law attorney's in your neighborhood. Local Bar's tend to have referral services such as the Alameda Legal Referral Service or you can go to the California Attorney Referral Resource (http://www.californiaattorneyreferral.com/?PPCCode=G4-CA-LAW). Other websites such as Yelp offer client reviews and other information about practice areas, experience and contact information.
Free Divorce Information:
Nolo (http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/california-divorce-32103.html) demystifies the process and offers key information about divorce. Sometimes individual counties also have websites that assist you with preparing your case. Contra Costa County has a virtual self help center (http://www.cc-courthelp.org/).