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eFiling for Family

Pursuant to section 1010.6 of the Code of Civil Procedure, rule 2.253(b)(2) of the California Rules of Court, Orange County Superior Court Rule 700.7, all documents filed by attorneys in Family Law cases, other than documents listed on the exception list specified below, must be filed electronically unless the Court excuses party from doing so. Self-represented parties are exempt from the mandatory electronic filing requirement set forth in Orange County Superior Court Local Rule 700.7 but are strongly encouraged to participate voluntarily in electronic filing.

If a party with a fee waiver files documents electronically, that party is exempt from the fees and costs associated with electronic filing. The electronic filing of documents must be effected using the court’s electronic service providers. Electronic service provider information is available on the Court’s website at Electronically filed documents filed prior to midnight on a court day will be deemed filed as of that day, pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6 and California Rules of Court, rule 2.253(b)(7). For purposes of this Rule, filing occurs at the time the document is received by the court and a confirmation of receipt is created (See Cal. Rules of Court, rule 2.259(a)(1) and (c)). Any electronically filed document received by the Court at midnight, or filed on a non-court day, will be deemed filed on the first court day after it is received. This provision concerns only the method and effective date of filing; any document that is electronically filed must satisfy all other legal filing deadlines and requirements. This Rule does not affect the timing requirements for any documents that must be filed by a set time on the due date. This Rule is subject to the provisions set forth in Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6 and California Rules of Court 2.250 and 2.259.

Effective January 1, 2024, the following original documents may not be filed electronically:

  • Adoptions -Memos to Set
  •  Any Appellate Documents
  •  Application for Publication/ Posting
  •  Bonds
  •  Judgments
  •  Out-of-State Registration Filings
  •  Request for Dismissal
  •  Requests for Statement of Decision
  •  Proposed Statement of Decision
  •  Objection & Opposition to Statement of Decision
  •  Special Immigrant Juvenile Findings that include a FL-935 Application and Order for Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
  •  Subpoenaed Documents
  •  Surrogacy Filing
  •  Trial Exhibits (if not ordered to submit via the Portal)
  •  Writs/Abstracts

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Self-Help offers a Forms and File page to guide self-represented customers on how to file
documents using an interview tool known as Odyssey Guide and File. To learn more,
please visit our Self-Help Center page.

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