Web Resources

Bar and Professional Associations

State Bar of California

Contra Costa County Bar Association

Alameda County Bar Association

Bar Association of San Francisco

ACFLS -- Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

AAML -- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

AFCC -- The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Local Courts and Agencies

Contra Costa County Superior Court

Alameda County Superior Court

San Francisco County Superior Court

Self Help

California Department of Child Support Services

Child Resources and Parenting Plans

Kids' Turn

Up To Parents

Bonus Families

National Fathers' Resource Center

Divorce/Marriage-Related Sites

California Divorce Guide. Top quality Family Law guidance for people without attorneys.

MAKING MARRIAGE LAST "A Guide to Preventing Divorce" can be ordered at the AAML national website www.aaml.org or by calling 1-800-422-6595 : this booklet is premised on the belief that "..divorce isn't always the answer. Though some marriages should be abandoned...many "unsalvageable" unions can be saved. If you are willing to devote some time and energy to identifying and correcting the problems in your marriage, chances are, you can avoid the financially and emotionally draining process of divorce."

Smart Marriages. "... all couples disagree about all the same basic issues - money, kids, sex, housework, in-laws and leisure time. The difference between successful and unsuccessful couples is how they handle their differences. Successful couples disagree in a way that makes their relationship stronger. They also have other skills and attitudes which help them build long-term happiness and satisfaction. The good news is that anyone can learn to do it better and smarter. . ."

Nolo Press. Since 1971 Nolo Press has published top-quality legal tools to give all Americans affordable legal access. Here you'll find free information on personal, consumer and business law.

Divorce Online. This web site provides numerous articles, some better than others, about the impact of divorce on children and parents. The article on dating is particularly good. It also has a book review section, question/answer area (which includes legal, financial, psychological, and real-estate information), and a chat area.

Divorce Central. This site offers fairly extensive information about legal, financial, parenting and other aspects of divorce. The Expert Online area offers weekly in-depth explorations of specific topics by professionals; past appearances have been archived and can be read. The Total Parenting Handbook section of the site offers sound advice on parenting as a divorced parent.

Divorce Source. Resources and research guidance.

Divorce Net. This site offers daily and weekly Q&A sessions with legal and mental health professionals, as well as interactive bulletin boards/chat rooms. Resources are listed by state.

Divorce Help. General divorce helpline. http://divorcehelp.com/ Divorce Support. This site offers state-specific guidebooks, a large divorce-related bookstore, links to resources and message centers, and, for a fee, child support calculations for your state.

KIDS TURN. Kids’ Turn is renowned throughout the United States as a leader in divorce education for children and parents. The goal of Kids’ Turn programs is to help minimize the negative effects of divorce on children. The programs are educational (not therapy) focusing on skill building and positively affecting each family’s ability to manage the changes created by divorce or separation.

Children's Rights Council. The Children's Rights Council is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting children of separation and divorce through advocacy and parenting education. Their site offers excellent, up-to-date research: legislative information, links to other sites and resources and a good book catalog. There is a California chapter.

Estate Planning. It is critical that you review all of your estate-planning documents (your will, durable power of attorney, health care directives, life insurance, trusts, the assignment of a guardian for your child(ren) in the event of your death, etc.) with an eye to modifying or re-doing them. The way they are prepared during your marriage may bring about unintended results after your divorce. Nolo Press is a great resource for information about estate planning.