Family Law

SDVLP’s family law programs provide legal services to low-income San Diegans who need assistance with various family law and domestic violence issues. Scroll down for information about our programs and eligibility requirements.

Family Law

SDVLP’s family law programs provide legal services to low-income San Diegans who need assistance with various family law and domestic violence issues. Scroll down for information about our programs and eligibility requirements.

Vision for Justice Collaborative

Assistance for Immigrants and Refugees

The Vision for Justice Collaborative (VJC) helps immigrants and refugees, who are victims of crime, with civil legal issues that arise as a result of the crime. Assistance is provided with issues such as: domestic violence restraining orders, divorce, child custody, and child support, in addition to other issues. All applicants must meet SDVLP’s financial guidelines and residency requirements.

If you were born outside of the United States (regardless of your current immigration status), and have been the victim of a crime (for example, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, civil harassment, etc.), please click on the button below to apply for VJC legal services, or call 619-564-6944. Due to an extremely high volume of applications, services are not guaranteed even for qualified individuals.

For help in Arabic/Kurdish/Chaldean/Farsi, call: 619-401-2800

*Funding made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act, 2015-VA-GX0058.

Application for Legal Services (Vision for Justice Collaborative)

Shriver Custody Legal Services

Child Custody Assistance

Through SDVLP’s Shriver Program, eligible applicants may receive legal advice or representation in child custody cases. To be eligible, an applicant’s household income must be below 200% of the poverty line.

If your total household income is below 200% of the poverty line and you are seeking assistance with a child custody issue, please click on the button below to apply for Shriver Custody Legal Services, or call 619-564-6944. Due to an extremely high volume of applications, services are not guaranteed even for qualified individuals.

Application for Legal Services (Shriver Custody)

Representation at a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Hearing

If you are a petitioner in a Temporary Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) case in family court and are seeking representation by an attorney at your upcoming restraining order hearing, you may be eligible for representation by a pro bono (volunteer) attorney. All applicants must meet SDVLP’s financial guidelines and residency requirements.

Please click on the button below to apply for DVRO Representation, or call 619-235-5656, Ext. 124. Note, you will be asked to upload a copy of your Request for a Temporary Restraining Order (DV-100) and Temporary Restraining Order (DV-110) as part of your application. Due to an extremely high volume of applications, services are not guaranteed even for qualified individuals.

Application for Representation at DVRO Hearing

Referrals

If you do not qualify for one of SDVLP’s family law programs, the following places may be able to assist:

  • Family Law Facilitator 619-844-2200; or visit their webpage here.

  • Department of Child Support Services (DCSS): 866-901-3212

  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego: 877-534-2524

  • Lawyer Referral and Information Service – Modest Means Program: 619-231-8585