Video Training: Requesting Statements of Decision

September 21, 2017

Many trial attorneys and self-represented litigants are not aware of the importance of requesting a Statement of Decision (SOD), or how and when to do so. SODs are very helpful if a party seeks to appeal the trial court’s order, or to modify the court order later on (e.g., in an ongoing child custody case). This training explains what a SOD is, the legal basis for requesting a SOD, why a SOD is important, and how to request a SOD. It also covers when to make this request, what a SOD should include, and how to object to a SOD that is insufficient. A case study will be used to illustrate the main points.

Registration and Payment

All videos are free for survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner abuse and the people who support them; California nonprofit / legal aid employees; private attorneys currently representing a survivor of domestic violence pro bono in California; members of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence; and members of Legal Aid Association of California. All others (including private attorneys), please pay before viewing. $35 per video. Click here to pay. In the comments section, please include the name(s) of the training(s) you are paying for. (Payment for training does not count as a tax-deductible donation.)


FVAP Staff Attorney Catherine Ongiri, Esq.; and FVAP Legal Fellow Cory Hernandez

MCLE Credit

To receive 1 hour of MCLE credit for watching this webinar, please download and complete the below evaluation form, then email it to (Be sure to download the form and save it to your device before entering your information.) Available for CA attorneys only. By submitting this form you are certifying that you viewed the entire presentation, and are electronically signing an attendance record.

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