These tools are designed to address legal issues that abuse survivors often face in California. FVAP’s legal resources are free for survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner abuse and the people who support them; California nonprofit employees; California 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. For questions or comments on these materials, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Resources are specific to California law only. The law is constantly changing, so all information should be verified before relying on it. Viewing these materials does not constitute legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship between you and FVAP.
Anything submitted to a court in California, whether at trial or on appeal, must conform to one of the following 2 writing styles. (Required by California Rules of Court, rule 1.200) (1) The California Style Manual (CSM), fourth edition, which is available for free online thanks to Sixth District Appellate Program, a private law firm. (2) The Bluebook, which may be available at your local law library. Information on key differences between these 2 styles is available here thanks to the UCLA Writing Center.
The Custody and Visitation Toolkit for LGBTQI+ DV Survivors Includes:
- Toolkit: Custody and Visitation Toolkit for LGBTQI+ DV Survivors – combined
- CV Toolkit Instructions
- CV Toolkit Sample Legal Brief – Male Sexual Minorities
- CV Toolkit Sample Legal Brief – Gender Minorities
- CV Toolkit Sample Legal Brief – Female Sexual Minorities
- CV Toolkit Letter – Letter Male Sexual Minorities
- CV Toolkit Letter – Letter Gender Minorities
- CV Toolkit Letter – Female Sexual Minorities