Form FL-300 "Request for Order" - California

What Is a California Form FL-300?

Form FL-300, Request for Order (RFO), is a legal State of California Family Code document that is used to request a spouse or domestic partner to come to court, usually made after filing for a divorce.

An official RFO must be sent to all parties involved in a requested hearing. This includes both the defendant and the plaintiff, the court clerk, and any other parties that may be related to the case notifying all of them about the scheduled date and time for the hearing.

Alternate Name:

  • Notice of Hearing.

This form was released by the Judicial Council of California and was last revised on December 9, 2016. A fillable FL-300 is available to download below.

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When to Use FL-300?

An FL-300 is filed when you need to request a court hearing asking the Judge to make certain orders on your case. This could be an order for temporary custody/visitation, child support, spousal support, or attorney's fees. Typically, a hearing is set for more than 3 weeks from the date the form is filed.

Form FL-300 Instructions

To fill out your court documents you will need to provide the information about the court and your appointed attorney, full mailing addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail address, etc. The necessary information on RFO, the court order, and personal details for both the plaintiff and the defendant. Have your forms reviewed and make at least 2 copies of all your documents, file your forms with the court clerk and get your court date written on your Form FL-300.

Serve your papers to your spouse or domestic partner. Have someone other than yourself (and at least 18 years old) serve your spouse or domestic partner with a copy of your papers and a blank Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (Form FL-320).

Have your server (the person or persons who mailed or hand-delivered your papers to your spouse or domestic partner) fill out a Proof of Personal Service (Form FL-330) or Proof of Service by Mail (Form FL-335) and give it to the court clerk.

How to Respond to an FL-300?

If you have been served with an RFO or FL-300 by an attorney, you are required to show up to the hearing date listed on the first page. Respond if you want the court to know what is your position. If you do not respond, the court may make orders without taking into account your situation.

Fill out your court forms: Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (Form FL-320); and Income and Expense Declaration (Form FL-150). Make sure to review and make two copies of all documents. Serve a copy of Form FL-320, and any other papers you attached, to your spouse or partner at least nine days before the hearing. You can have your papers served by mail or in person.

Even if you do not respond, go to the court hearing and bring proof of your income and expenses if you want to have any input in the court's decision.


Some of the following forms may also be necessary to supply with an RFO:

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FL-300
PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY OR ATTORNEY
STATE BAR NUMBER:
FOR COURT USE ONLY
FOR COURT USE ONLY
NAME:
FIRM NAME:
STREET ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
TELEPHONE NO.:
FAX NO.:
E-MAIL ADDRESS:
ATTORNEY FOR (name):
SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF
STREET ADDRESS:
MAILING ADDRESS:
CITY AND ZIP CODE:
BRANCH NAME:
PETITIONER:
RESPONDENT:
OTHER PARENT/PARTY:
CHANGE
TEMPORARY EMERGENCY ORDERS
CASE NUMBER:
REQUEST FOR ORDER
Child Custody
Visitation (Parenting Time)
Spousal or Partner Support
Child Support
Domestic Violence Order
Attorney's Fees and Costs
Property Control
Other (specify):
NOTICE OF HEARING
1.
TO (name(s)):
Petitioner
Respondent
Other Parent/Party
Other (specify):
2.
A COURT HEARING WILL BE HELD AS FOLLOWS:
a.
Date:
Time:
Dept.:
Room.:
b.
Address of court
same as noted above
other
(specify):
3.
WARNING to the person served with the Request for Order: The court may make the requested orders without you if you do
not file a Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (form FL-320), serve a copy on the other parties at least nine court days
before the hearing (unless the court has ordered a shorter period of time), and appear at the hearing. (See form FL-320-INFO for
more information.)
(Forms
FL-300-INFO
and
DV-400-INFO
provide information about completing this form.)
COURT ORDER
It is ordered that:
(FOR COURT USE ONLY)
4.
Time
for service
until the hearing
is shortened. Service must be on or before
(date):
5.
A Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (form FL-320) must be served on or before
(date):
6.
The parties must attend an appointment for child custody mediation or child custody recommending counseling as follows
(specify date, time, and location):
7.
The orders in Temporary Emergency (Ex Parte) Orders (form FL-305) apply to this proceeding and must be personally
served with all documents filed with this Request for Order.
Other (specify):
8.
Date:
JUDICIAL OFFICER
Page 1 of 4
Form Adopted for Mandatory Use
REQUEST FOR ORDER
Family Code, §§ 2045, 2107, 6224,
6226, 6320–6326, 6380–6383;
Judicial Council of California
Government Code, § 26826
FL-300 [Rev. July 1, 2016]
Cal. Rules of Court, rule 5.92
www.courts.ca.gov
FL-300
PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY OR ATTORNEY
STATE BAR NUMBER:
FOR COURT USE ONLY
FOR COURT USE ONLY
NAME:
FIRM NAME:
STREET ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
TELEPHONE NO.:
FAX NO.:
E-MAIL ADDRESS:
ATTORNEY FOR (name):
SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF
STREET ADDRESS:
MAILING ADDRESS:
CITY AND ZIP CODE:
BRANCH NAME:
PETITIONER:
RESPONDENT:
OTHER PARENT/PARTY:
CHANGE
TEMPORARY EMERGENCY ORDERS
CASE NUMBER:
REQUEST FOR ORDER
Child Custody
Visitation (Parenting Time)
Spousal or Partner Support
Child Support
Domestic Violence Order
Attorney's Fees and Costs
Property Control
Other (specify):
NOTICE OF HEARING
1.
TO (name(s)):
Petitioner
Respondent
Other Parent/Party
Other (specify):
2.
A COURT HEARING WILL BE HELD AS FOLLOWS:
a.
Date:
Time:
Dept.:
Room.:
b.
Address of court
same as noted above
other
(specify):
3.
WARNING to the person served with the Request for Order: The court may make the requested orders without you if you do
not file a Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (form FL-320), serve a copy on the other parties at least nine court days
before the hearing (unless the court has ordered a shorter period of time), and appear at the hearing. (See form FL-320-INFO for
more information.)
(Forms
FL-300-INFO
and
DV-400-INFO
provide information about completing this form.)
COURT ORDER
It is ordered that:
(FOR COURT USE ONLY)
4.
Time
for service
until the hearing
is shortened. Service must be on or before
(date):
5.
A Responsive Declaration to Request for Order (form FL-320) must be served on or before
(date):
6.
The parties must attend an appointment for child custody mediation or child custody recommending counseling as follows
(specify date, time, and location):
7.
The orders in Temporary Emergency (Ex Parte) Orders (form FL-305) apply to this proceeding and must be personally
served with all documents filed with this Request for Order.
Other (specify):
8.
Date:
JUDICIAL OFFICER
Page 1 of 4
Form Adopted for Mandatory Use
REQUEST FOR ORDER
Family Code, §§ 2045, 2107, 6224,
6226, 6320–6326, 6380–6383;
Judicial Council of California
Government Code, § 26826
FL-300 [Rev. July 1, 2016]
Cal. Rules of Court, rule 5.92
www.courts.ca.gov
FL-300
PETITIONER:
CASE NUMBER:
RESPONDENT:
OTHER PARENT/PARTY:
REQUEST FOR ORDER
X
Note: Place a mark
in front of the box that applies to your case or to your request. If you need more space, mark the box for
“Attachment.” For example, mark “Attachment 2a” to indicate that the list of children's names and birth dates continues on a paper
attached to this form. Then, on a sheet of paper, list each attachment number followed by your request. At the top of the paper, write
your name, case number, and “FL-300” as a title. (You may use Attached Declaration
(form
MC-031) for this purpose.)
1.
RESTRAINING ORDER INFORMATION
One or more domestic violence restraining/protective orders are now in effect between (specify):
Petitioner
Respondent
Other Parent/Party
(Attach a copy of the orders if you have one.)
The orders are from the following court or courts (specify county and state):
a.
Criminal: County/state
(specify):
Case No. (if known):
b.
Family: County/state
(specify):
Case No. (if known):
c.
Juvenile: County/state
(specify):
Case No. (if known):
d.
Other: County/state
(specify):
Case No. (if known):
2.
CHILD CUSTODY
I request temporary emergency orders
VISITATION (PARENTING TIME)
a.
I request that the court make orders about the following children (specify):
Physical Custody to (person
Legal Custody to (person who
Child's Name
Date of Birth
decides: health, education, etc):
with whom child lives):
Attachment 2a.
b.
The orders I request for
child custody
visitation (parenting time) are:
(1)
Specified in the attached forms:
Form FL-305
Form FL-311
Form FL-312
Form FL-341(C)
Form FL-341(E)
Other
Form FL-341(D)
(specify):
(2)
As follows (specify):
Attachment 2b.
c.
Attachment 2c.
The orders that I request are in the best interest of the children because (specify):
d.
This is a change from the current order for
child custody
visitation (parenting time).
(1)
The order for legal or physical custody was filed on
. The court ordered (specify):
(date):
(2)
The visitation (parenting time) order was filed on
(date):
. The court ordered (specify):
Attachment 2d.
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FL-300 [Rev. July 1, 2016]
REQUEST FOR ORDER
FL-300
PETITIONER:
CASE NUMBER:
RESPONDENT:
OTHER PARENT/PARTY:
3.
CHILD SUPPORT
(Note: An earnings assignment may be issued. See Income Withholding for Support
(form
FL-195)
a.
I request that the court order child support as follows:
I request support for each child
Monthly amount ($) requested
Child's name and age
based on the child support guideline.
(if not by guideline)
Attachment 3a.
b.
I want to change a current court order for child support filed on
(date):
The court ordered child support as follows (specify):
I have completed and filed with this Request for Order a current Income and Expense Declaration
(form
FL-150) or I filed
c.
a current Financial Statement (Simplified)
(form
FL-155) because I meet the requirements to file form FL-155.
d. The court should make or change the support orders because (specify):
Attachment 3d.
4.
SPOUSAL OR DOMESTIC PARTNER SUPPORT
(Note: An Earnings Assignment Order For Spousal or Partner Support
(form
FL-435) may be issued.)
a.
Amount requested (monthly):
$
b.
change
end
the current support order filed on
(date):
I want the court to
The court ordered $
per month for support.
c.
This request is to modify (change) spousal or partner support after entry of a judgment.
I have completed and attached Spousal or Partner Support Declaration Attachment
(form
FL-157) or a declaration
that addresses the same factors covered in form FL-157.
d.
I have completed and filed a current Income and Expense Declaration
(form
FL-150) in support of my request.
e.
The court should should make, change, or end the support orders because (specify):
Attachment 4e.
I request temporary emergency orders
5.
PROPERTY CONTROL
a.
The
petitioner
respondent
other parent/party
be given exclusive temporary use, possession, and
control of the following property that we
own or are buying
lease or rent (specify):
b.
The
petitioner
respondent
other parent/party be ordered to make the following payments on debts
and liens coming due while the order is in effect:
Pay to:
For:
Amount: $
Due date:
Pay to:
For:
Amount: $
Due date:
Pay to:
For:
Amount: $
Due date:
Pay to:
For:
Amount: $
Due date:
c.
This is a change from the current order for property control filed on (date):
d.
Specify in
Attachment 5d
the reasons why the court should make or change the property control orders.
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FL-300 [Rev. July 1, 2016]
REQUEST FOR ORDER
FL-300
PETITIONER:
CASE NUMBER:
RESPONDENT:
OTHER PARENT/PARTY:
6.
ATTORNEY'S FEES AND COSTS
I request attorney's fees and costs, which total (specify amount): $
. I filed the following to support my request:
a.
A current Income and Expense Declaration
(form
FL-150).
A Request for Attorney's Fees and Costs Attachment
(form
FL-319) or a declaration that addresses the factors covered
b.
in that form.
c.
A Supporting Declaration for Attorney's Fees and Costs Attachment
(form
FL-158) or a declaration that addresses the
factors covered in that form.
7.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORDER
Do not use this form to ask for domestic violence restraining orders! Read
form
DV-505-INFO, How Do I Ask for a
Temporary Restraining Order, for forms and information you need to ask for domestic violence restraining orders.
Read
form
DV-400-INFO, How to Change or End a Domestic Violence Restraining Order for more information.
a.
The Restraining Order After Hearing (form DV-130) was filed on (date):
b.
change
end
I request that the court
the personal conduct, stay-away, move-out orders, or other
protective orders made in Restraining Order After Hearing (form DV-130). (If you want to change the orders, complete 7c.)
c.
Attachment 7c.
I request that the court make the following changes to the restraining orders (specify):
Attachment 7d.
I want the court to change or end the orders because (specify):
d.
8.
OTHER ORDERS REQUESTED (specify):
Attachment 8.
9.
TIME FOR SERVICE / TIME UNTIL HEARING
I urgently need:
a.
To serve the Request for Order no less than
(number):
court days before the hearing.
b.
The hearing date and service of the the Request for Order to be sooner.
c.
I need the order because (specify):
Attachment 9c.
10.
FACTS TO SUPPORT the orders I request are listed below. The facts that I write in support and attach to this request
Attachment 10.
cannot be longer than 10 pages, unless the court gives me permission.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the information provided in this form and all attachments
is true and correct.
Date:
(TYPE OR PRINT NAME)
(SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT)
Requests for Accommodations
Assistive listening systems, computer-assisted real-time captioning, or sign language interpreter services are available if
you ask at least five days before the proceeding. Contact the clerk's office or go to www.courts.ca.gov/forms for Request
for Accommodations by Persons With Disabilities and Response
(form
MC-410). (Civ. Code, § 54.8.)
REQUEST FOR ORDER
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