California Family Law Basics

The 26th Edition is currently sold out.  Please check back at the end of July for the release of the 27th edition.

California Family Law Basics 26th Edition: Step by Step Guide to California Divorce, Paternity, Custody, Support, Domestic Violence and Property; With Pleadings, Procedures and Forms

 The 26th Edition of California Family Law Basics is an essential 1,300 page, 25 chapter book, with sample filled out forms that has been helping lawyers in California for 25 years.

“A terrific guide for lawyers and the public…comprehensive…detailed…invaluable…” – Ralph Stahlberg, Dir Reference, LA Law Library  

California Family Law Basics Features Include:

  • Line by line comments and instructions for family law forms and procedures
  • Time saving practice tips and checklists
  • Based on experience with thousands of actual cases and over 30 years of family law practice
  • Sample forms, declarations and pleadings
  • Over 1,300 pages, 25 chapters, loose leaf binder
  • Updated annually
  • Includes forms, step by step instructions and filled out samples for: Petitions, Responses, Requests for Orders, Judgments, Judicial Council attachments, Motions, Default Requests, UCCJEA, Wage Assignments, Restraining Orders, Pension Joinder, Income and Expense Declarations and much more…
  • Effective strategies and methods to avoid pitfalls and successfully resolve cases


Here’s What Our Satisfied Customers Have to Say:

“This book is very helpful and easy to use. I can’t say enough things about it. It’s a comprehensive low cost publication that provides a wealth of information to the attorneys and their staff… It’s such a value for the price.” – Lynn E. Goebel, Esq.


“Excellent resource, complete, accurate and well organized!!” – Law Offices of Fred Browne


“I consult the California Family Law Basics every time I need a guide in preparing pleadings and answering the forms. I use it almost everyday. What I like most about the Guide is how the topics are properly organized and the explanation is easy to understand. The book is useful not only to the attorneys in the office but to our paralegals and staff as well. I highly recommend this book to attorneys and paralegals that are both new and old to the practice of CA family law. The book makes it easy for new practitioners to navigate the intricacies of family law practice and updates veteran practitioners to current case laws and procedures.”- Ed Allan Lindain, Esq.


“It is extremely user friendly…” – Trinidad Ocampo, Esq.


“The book is an invaluable tool for even the most experienced lawyer. It provides straight forward how to do it solutions for almost every important problem in family law. No office should be without it.” -Don Eisenberg, CFLS


“California Family Law Basics has other features that Rutter and CEB don’t have.”- Lynette Berg Robe, CFLS


“It is extremely helpful, it saves me time.” – Lauralea Saddick, Esq.


“It is immensely helpful and insightful.” – Elizabeth A. Hom, Managing Attorney Volunteer Legal Services Corp., Alameda County Bar Assoc.


“In one volume, it offers so much! It helps me understand the more cost-effective, forms-based, efficient ways to handle certain issues/procedures…” – Elizabeth Perry, Attorney


“Great Book!” -San Luis Obispo County Law Library


“I am a mediator, and I find that the book has all the information I need to answer my client’s questions. It is written in a way that is clear and easy to understand…” – Regan Elliott, Regan Elliott Mediation


“This  is a great resource for both new and experienced attorneys. We refer to it frequently in our practice, and find it easy to use.” – Betty M.Song, Legal Service Unit, Asian Pacific American Legal Center


“I find this guide helpful and easy to use. The information is well laid out, it makes it easy to find what you are looking for…” – Peter H. Pickslay, Esq.


“It’s a great, detailed, step-by-step guide that’s been very helpful.” – Saima Husain, South Asian Network


All proceeds support the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law mission of protecting victims of domestic violence and improving the well-being of children living in poverty.

Order Online or Download an Order Form and Mail/Fax to:

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law

3250 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 710

Los Angeles ,CA 90010

Phone: 213-388-7505 – Select Menu Option 7

Fax: 213-388-7503