Superior Court of California, County of Solano

Fairfield Branch | Vallejo Branch

Family Law



Essential Court Services Operations 04-07-20

CO-20-06: Protective Orders: Emergency Rule on Extension of Restraining Orders (Amend Cal. Rules of Court, emergency rule 8)

CO-20-07: Family Law: Emergency Rule Regarding Effective Date to Modify Support in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (Adopt Cal. Rules of Court, emergency rule 13)

Notice to Parents Regarding Custody and Parenting Time During COVID-19 Pandemic


Family Law Courts have jurisdiction over all cases involving dissolution of marriage, legal separation, nullity, paternity, domestic violence, child custody, visitation and support. All documents can be filed in the Family Law Division, located on the second floor of the Hall of Justice, 600 Union Avenue in Fairfield. Filings are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Family Law Division Clerk's Office. See drop box information below for acceptance of filings after 3:00 p.m.

Effective January 1, 2020 , all Family Law matters filed in the Fairfield Court will be assigned as follows:

The Honorable Stephen Gizzi, Department 3 (Fairfield, Room 103)

Assigned Judge, Department 10 (Fairfield, Room 301)

The Honorable Shauna L. Chastain, Department 14 (Fairfield, Room 201)

The Honorable Dora M. Rios, Department 16 (Fairfield, Room 302)

The Honorable David L. Haet, Department 20 (Fairfield, Room 304)

Hours of Operation

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays .

Phone Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays .

Fairfield: (707) 207-7340

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Drop Box Information

Effective July 1, 2015 our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The number of documents processed per person, law firm or filing agency will be limited to five (5) between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The only exception to the five document limit will be if there is a statute running. For your convenience, there are drop boxes located at the Vallejo Branch Court, and under the stairs on the second floor in the Hall of Justice in Fairfield, for dropping filing documents.

Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. you may drop your papers for filing in the drop box located at the Hall of Justice in Fairfield. Your papers will be file-stamped with the same date that they were placed into the drop box. If your filing requires a fee, please securely attach a check, DO NOT ATTACH CASH, to your documents.  If a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided, endorse-filed copies will be returned to you by mail. If an envelope is not provided, your copies will be available for thirty (30) days in the pick up box located in the clerk's office.

Click here for information related to the Vallejo Solano Justice Center Drop Box .

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Solano Legal Access Center (SLAC)

If you are not represented by a lawyer and need help with your Family Law or Guardianship of a Minor case, you can go to the Solano Legal Access Center/Family Law Facilitators Office at the Fairfield Hall of Justice. More information about services and hours are available on this website under "Court Divisions" -click on Solano Legal Access Center (SLAC) and Family Law Facilitator.

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Family Court Services Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC)

Child Custody Recommending Counseling is a meeting between disputing parties and a neutral third person - the child custody recommending counselor- whose role is to assist the parties in reaching an agreement. The child custody recommending cousnselor (CCRC) does not represent either party, but remains impartial. A CCRC is a trained professional assigned to help parents discuss their child's needs and assist them in making a schedule that best serves the child. When parents do not agree on custody and visitation arrangements, California law requires that they attend CCRC before the court hearing to try to reach an agreement.

  • In cases where there are sworn allegations of domestic violence, the parties may each meet separately with the CCRC. If you choose to meet with the other party, you may bring a support person to the session. This support person is not permitted to participate, but may offer you emotional support. In cases of domestic violence, the Judge - not the CCRC- makes a determination as to whether the alleged violence actually occurred.
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Parent Orientation/Education

The Solano Family Court requires that every parent who is to participate in Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC) must attend an orientation/education session before the actual CCRC session. This orientation session prepares the parents by informing them of the nature, goals, and extent of CCRC and what each parent can expect from it. Valuable time is thus not taken from the child custody recommending counselor to explain these things. Additionally, the developmental needs of children are discussed, as well as the benefits of cooperation and the negative consequences of parental conflict. Orientation/Education is mandatory and classes are offered two ways:

1. You can attend the parent orientation/education class online in either English or Spanish. Click the link  English online orientation/education class  or the Spanish online orientation/education class . It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete the online class. Once you have completed the online orientation/education class please complete and print the Certification of Completion . Hand write your case number, your name and date the certificate. Hand deliver or mail a copy of the certificate of completion to the Hall of Justice located at 600 Union Avenue Fairfield CA 94533, Attention Family Law Division, Family Court Services.

Please print a copy of Family Code Section 3044. Both English  and Spanish versions are available for your review prior to attending CCRC.

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Family Law Programs

(S.P.A.C.E) Solano Parent and Child Education. Click on the links below for more information on registration.

The Peace Training Program is a parenting education class with a curriculum developed in collaboration with the Fairfield-Suisun Adult Schools with Judicial input to create cooperative and effective co-parenting relationships between parents involved in divorce, legal separation, paternity and custody cases.

The program has been endorsed by the Family Law Judicial Officers and recommendations and referrals are routinely made for parents in high-conflict cases.

If you have been ordered to attend the Peace Program and would like more information about the S.P.A.C.E program click on the Program Brochures available in English or in Spanish .

If you would like to know more about the P.E.A.C.E Program, you can see the Program's Brochure by clicking on this link.

If you would like to Register now, registration forms are available in both English and Spanish versions by clicking on this  link.

(S.P.A.C.E) Solano Parent and Child Education Program. The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has created a website: On this website are links to free parental education, including positive parenting/discipline methods, the S.T.E.P program, kindergarten readiness and a link to sign up for the PEACE program.

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Notice of Fee Changes Effective March 1, 2017

Court Reporter Fees Due and Frequently asked Questions .  

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New Fee Schedule Effective January 1, 2020.

Fee Schedule. See attached Notice of Fee Incease .

Notice of Cost Increases, Effective March 1, 2018

The following fees will be effective March 1, 2018. See attached Notice of CCRC Fee Increase.

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