Chapter 2. Jurisdiction of California Family Law Code >> Division 6. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 2.
In a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, for nullity of
marriage, or for legal separation of the parties, the court has
jurisdiction to inquire into and render any judgment and make orders
that are appropriate concerning the following:
(a) The status of the marriage, including any marriage under
subdivision (c) of Section 308.
(b) The custody of minor children of the marriage.
(c) The support of children for whom support may be ordered,
including children born after the filing of the initial petition or
the final decree of dissolution.
(d) The support of either party.
(e) The settlement of the property rights of the parties.
(f) The award of attorney's fees and costs.
When service of summons on a spouse is made pursuant to
Section 415.50 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the court, without the
aid of attachment or the appointment of a receiver, shall have and
may exercise the same jurisdiction over:
(a) The community real property of the spouse so served situated
in this state as it has or may exercise over the community real
property of a spouse who is personally served with process within
(b) The quasi-community real property of the spouse so served
situated in this state as it has or may exercise over the
quasi-community real property of a spouse who is personally served
with process within this state.
(a) During the time a motion pursuant to Section 418.10 of
the Code of Civil Procedure is pending, the respondent may appear in
opposition to an order made during the pendency of the proceeding and
the appearance shall not be deemed a general appearance by the
(b) As used in this section, a motion pursuant to Section 418.10
of the Code of Civil Procedure is pending from the time notice of
motion is served and filed until the time within which to petition
for a writ of mandate has expired or, if a petition is made, until
the time final judgment in the mandate proceeding is entered.
(a) If a written agreement is entered into by the parties,
the parties may utilize a collaborative law process to resolve any
matter governed by this code over which the court is granted
jurisdiction pursuant to Section 2000.
(b) "Collaborative law process" means the process in which the
parties and any professionals engaged by the parties to assist them
agree in writing to use their best efforts and to make a good faith
attempt to resolve disputes related to the family law matters as
referenced in subdivision (a) on an agreed basis without resorting to
adversary judicial intervention.