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FORM FL-250 INSTRUCTIONS

JUDGMENT (FL-250)

NOTE:
You will need a copy of the English-language Judicial Council form FL-250 to follow these instructions. Also:



Filling out the Caption on your form

 

Attorney or Party without Attorney” - if you do not have an attorney, fill in your name, address, and telephone number.

If you would like the court to communicate with you by fax or email, you may give them that contact information, but you do not have to.

Attorney For (Name)” – if you do not have an attorney, write “self represented.”

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF” – write the name of the County where you are filing your case. Click here for location of courts.
Petitioner” – The person that filled out the first form to start the case. Write that person’s name here.

"Respondent” – The other parent is called the Respondent. Write that person’s name here.
This is the TITLE of the form. Leave as is.
For Court Use Only” – Leave blank.
Case Number” – Write in the case number.

 



Filling out the rest of your form

Judgment


1. Restraining Orders:

Check the first box if there are any Restraining Orders that are a part of this Judgment.

Also check the second box if the Restraining Orders limit how one or both of the parties may act.

Also check the third box if this Judgment changes (modifies) any Restraining Orders that already exist.

If Restraining Orders are a part of this Judgment, attach a copy of them to this form.

The restraining orders are contained in – Write the page numbers of the Orders that were made by the judge.
They expire on (date): – Write the date when the Restraining Orders expire. You will find this date on the first page of the Restraining Order.
CLETS stands for California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System. The Judicial Council (Form DV-130), Restraining Order After Hearing, is a CLETS form. Attach it (or other Restraining Order) to this Judgment form.


2. This matter proceeded as follows:

  1. Check the “Default or UncontestedOpens new window box if you are the Petitioner and the Respondent has been served, but has not filed a Response in this case (this is “Default”), or, if you and the other parent have entered into a written agreement (this is “Uncontested”).

    Also check the box “By declaration” if you completed and are filing the Declaration for Default or Uncontested Judgment (Form FL-230), and have not appeared in court.

    Check the box “ContestedOpens new window if the Respondent filed a Response to the Petition, and you do not have an agreement.
  2. If you appeared in court, write the date you appeared in court, and the department number and room number of the courtroom where you appeared.
  3. If you appeared in court, write the name of the judicial officer that heard your case. If this person was a “temporary judgeOpens new window or commissioner, check the box for “temporary judge.”
  4. Check this box if the Petitioner was present in court. If the Petitioner had an attorney there, check the box “Attorney present” and write the attorney’s name here.
  5. Check this box if the Respondent was present in court. If the Respondent had an attorney there, check the box “Attorney present” and write the attorney’s name here.
  6. Petitioner
    1. Check this box if the Petitioner was in court, but without an attorney, and the judge told him or her what his or her rights are regarding these proceedings.
    2. Check this box if the Petitioner signed the Advisement and Waiver of Rights Re: Establishment of Parental Relationship (Form FL-235).
    3. Check this box if the Petitioner and Respondent are married, and there is no other court case pending between them.
    4. Check this box if the Petitioner signed a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity form.
    5. Check this box if the court made a judgment about who the parents of the children are in an earlier case, such a Department of Child Support Services case, juvenile court case, or adoption case.
  7. Respondent
    1. Check this box if the Respondent was in court, but without an attorney, and the judge told him or her what his or her rights are regarding these proceedings.
    2. Check this box if the Respondent signed the Advisement and Waiver of Rights Re: Establishment of Parental Relationship (Form FL-235).
    3. Check this box if the Petitioner and Respondent are married, and there is no other court case pending between them.
    4. Check this box if the Respondent signed a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity form.
    5. Check this box if the court made a judgment about who the parents of the children are in an earlier case, such a Department of Child Support Services case, juvenile court case, or adoption case.
  8. Other parties or attorneys present (specify): – If any other person involved in the case was in court, besides the Petitioner or Respondent, write that person’s name here. If the other person had an attorney in court, write the attorney’s name here. (For example, sometimes grandparents or other family members are officially joined as a party to the case, or in some cases the court may order that the children have an attorney to represent their best interests.)


3. The Court Finds

Write the names of the persons that the court orders are the parents of the child. (Check the appropriate box next to each name for “mother” or “father.”)

Write the full name and date of birth for each child that is a part of this order. (Only include the children who are a part of this order, not any other children that either or both parents may have.) 4. The Court Orders

  1. Child Custody and Visitation – Check this box if you have children under the age of eighteen (18) who are a part of this Judgment. (The court must make child custody and visitation orders for any children who are a part of this Judgment.)

    1. Check this box if you are completing the Child Custody and Visitation Order Attachment (Form FL-341). If you are proceeding by Default (the Respondent did not file a response to your Petition), then this form must not say anything different than what you wrote in your Petition. If you appeared in court, then this form must say exactly what the judge ordered in court.
    2. Check this box if you and the other parent agree on the custody and visitation terms and have both signed the Stipulation and Order for Custody and/or Visitation of Children (Form FL-355).
    3. Other (specify) – Check this box and write any additional custody or visitation terms that are not already stated in either the Child Custody and Visitation Order Attachment (Form FL-341) or the Stipulation and Order for Custody and/or Visitation of Children (Form FL-355). If you are proceeding by Default (the Respondent did not file a response to your Petition), then you may not write anything different here than what you wrote in your Petition. If you appeared in court, then you must write here exactly what the judge ordered.


At the top of page 2, FL-250

  Fill out the caption boxes as follows:
Write the full names of the petitioner and respondent (you and the other parent.)
Case Number: Write in the case number. (the same number as on
page 1)



5.    The Court Further Orders

  1. Child Support – Check this box if you have children under the age of eighteen (18) who are a part of this Judgment. (The court must make child support orders regarding any children who are a part of this Judgment.)

    1. Check this box if you are completing the Child Support Information and Order Attachment (Form FL-342). If you are proceeding by Default (the Respondent did not file a response to your Petition), then this form must not say anything different than what you wrote in your Petition. If you appeared in court, then this form must say exactly what the judge ordered in court.
    2. Check this box if you and the other parent agree on the custody and visitation terms and have both signed the Stipulation to Establish or Modify Child Support and Order (Form FL-350).
    3. Other (specify) – Check this box and write any additional child support terms that are not already stated in either the Child Support Information and Order Attachment or the Stipulation to Establish or Modify Child Support and Order. If you are proceeding by Default (the Respondent did not file a response to your Petition), then you may not write anything different here than what you wrote in your Petition. If you appeared in court, then you must write here exactly what the judge ordered in court.
  2. This section explains that you and the other parent must each complete and file a Child Support Case Registry Form (Form FL-191), within 10 days after this Judgment is filed. Also, if any of your information on the form changes you must let the court know within 10 days of the change.
  3. This section explains that you must attach the Notice of Rights and Responsibilities–Health Care Costs and Reimbursement Procedures and Information Sheet on Changing a Child Support Order (Form FL-192), to this Judgment.

  4. Last names of the children… – Check this box if you have requested that the children’s last name be changed. Write the new last name for the children here.
  5. The birth certificates... – Check this box if there is an existing birth certificate and this court order will require a change to the birth certificate.

    1. Check this box if the birth certificate must be changed to add the father’s name.
    2. Check this box if the birth certificate must be changed so that the child’s new last name is included.
  6. Attorney fees and costs… – Check this box if you asked for attorney fees and costs in your Petition and are proceeding by Default (the Respondent did not file a response to your Petition), or if you appeared in court and the judge made an order regarding attorney fees and costs in court.
    Note: If you check this box you must attach a separate piece of paper. On that sheet write: (1) whether one parent is responsible for paying the other parent’s attorney fees and costs, or whether each parent is responsible for their own fees and costs, (2) if one parent is supposed to pay the other parent’s fees and costs, write the exact amount that parent is responsible for paying, and whether it is payable to the parent or to their attorney, and (3) how the fees and costs are supposed to be paid (for example, by the 1st of each month, the start date, and any deadlines for payment to be completed).
  7. Reasonable expenses of pregnancy and birth… – Check this box if you asked the court to make orders for how the parents are to pay for the reasonable expenses related to the pregnancy and birth of a child.
    Note: If you check this box you must attach a separate piece of paper. On that sheet write how the parents are to pay for the expenses of pregnancy and birth. Be specific and include exactly how much or what percentage of the costs are to be paid by each parent, and to whom any payments should be made, and when (for example, by the 1st of each month, the start date, and any deadlines for payment to be completed).
  8. Other (specify): – Check this box if there are any additional terms not already covered above. If you are proceeding by Default (the Respondent did not file a response to your Petition), then you may not write anything different here than what you wrote in your Petition. If you appeared in court, then you must write here exactly what the judge ordered in court.
Continued on Attachment 3h. – Check this box if you need more space. Use a separate piece of paper. At the top of this write “Attachment 3h” and then continue writing about the terms not already covered. Attach this page to the Judgment form.


6. Number of pages attached: ___

Count all the pages that you will attach to this form. Write that number here. (For example, you may be attaching copies of restraining orders, child support forms, documents about how the parents are to pay for the expenses of pregnancy and birth… There can be quite a lot of attachments. Count each page.)

Date – Leave this blank! This will be completed by the judge.

Judicial Officer
– Leave this blank! This is where the Judge will sign the Judgment.

Note: The Judgment is not official until it is both signed by the judge and filed with the court.

Signature Follows Last Attachment – Check this box if you and the other parent have written your own agreement and you indicate at the end of that agreement, under your signatures, that you want the judge to sign there instead. Otherwise, do not check this box.