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Your Trip To The Courthouse

Preparing For Court

One of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of a divorce case revolves around going to court. While a trip to the courthouse is not required in every divorce, if you do end up having to go to court, there are several important factors you should know and consider.

At Cullen & Murphy, we will help you prepare for appearances in court. Our attorneys will answer your questions and provide practical advice that can make a big difference in the outcome of your divorce case.

Getting To The Courthouse

While this may sound obvious, it is very important to make sure that you know how to get to the courthouse and where you need to go when you get there:

  • Look up directions and plan your route in advance
  • Plan to arrive early
  • Know where you should park

At The Courthouse

This may be your first time going to court, and the process can be disorienting and intimidating. Knowing what to expect once you enter the courthouse can ease feelings of anxiety and help you feel more prepared and confident:

  • You and your belongings must pass through a metal detector.
  • There is no food or drink allowed in the courtroom.
  • Arrange for child care as children are not allowed in the courtroom.

In The Courtroom

When you step into the courtroom, it is very important to understand that a judge’s job is to judge and that he or she is human and prone to make assumptions based upon what you do and say and, just as importantly, what you don’t do or say. With that in mind:

  • Dress in appropriate business attire.
  • Listen and be respectful.
  • You may bring along a friend or relative for support, but avoid bringing an entourage.

Important Family Court Information

Riverside Family Law Courthouse

The Riverside Family Law Courthouse is located at 4175 Main Street in Riverside, just southeast of Market Street, between 11th and 12th streets. The courthouse is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Riverside Courthouse Website

Hemet Courthouse

The Riverside County Superior Court and Hemet Courthouse is located at 880 North State Street in Hemet, just south of Fruitvale Ave. Courthouse hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Hemet Courthouse Website

Indio Family Law Courthouse

The Riverside Superior Court in Indio is located at 47671 Oasis Street, just south of the Don F. Kenny Regional Learning Center. The courthouse is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Indio Courthouse Website

San Bernardino Courthouse

The San Bernardino County Family Courthouse is located at 351 North Arrowhead Avenue, in San Bernardino, on the east side of Arrowhead Ave. between 3rd and 5th streets. Courthouse hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. San Bernardino Courthouse Website

Joshua Tree Courthouse

The Joshua Tree Courthouse is located at 6527 White Feather Road, just south of Twentynine Palms Highway and west of Mojave Ranch Road. Courthouse hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Joshua Tree Courthouse Website

Vista Courthouse

The Superior Court North County Division courthouse is located at 325 South Melrose Drive, in Vista. The courthouse hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Vista Courthouse Website

San Diego Courthouse

The Family Law Court in San Diego is located at ted at 1555 Sixth Avenue, between Cedar Street and Beech Street. The courthouse is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. San Diego Courthouse Website

To discuss your family law and divorce case with a lawyer at our firm, call our offices in Riverside or Temecula at 951-824-6449, or contact us online.