Trial briefs in California divorce cases

Trial briefs in California divorce cases are the topic of this blog post.  A trial brief is used to notify the Judge hearing the case about the main issues involved in the case. A typical trial brief may contain up to seven (7) or more separate headings covering such topics as:

1. Statistical information such as date of marriage, date of separation and length of marriage.

2. Custody and visitation if there are minor children of the marriage.

3. Child support if applicable.

4. Spousal support if applicable.

5. Division of property and debts.

6. Attorney fees.

7. Other issues such as medical insurance coverage, etc.

While the specific rules may vary for each particular Court or Judge, as a general rule it is best to serve the trial brief on the opposing party, or their attorney at least twenty (20) calendar days before the trial date, then file the trial brief with the Court along with a proof of service. Note that some Courts may require additional documents, such as a current (within the last 60 days) income and expense declaration, and possibly a property declaration. A party should check with the Courtroom clerk to determine the specific requirements for that department.

Attorneys or parties in the State of California who would like to view a portion of a sample trial brief for a California divorce case that is sold by the author can see below.

The author of this blog post, Stan Burman, is a freelance paralegal who has worked in California and Federal litigation since 1995. If you are in need of assistance with any California or Federal litigation matters, Mr. Burman is available on a freelance basis. Mr. Burman may be contacted by e-mail at for more information. He accepts payments through PayPal which means that you can pay using most credit or debit cards.

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Trial briefs in California divorce cases
Trial briefs in California divorce cases are the topic of this blog post.