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How to Schedule a Child Custody Recommending Counseling Appointment

If parents or guardians do not agree regarding child custody issues, Child Custody Recommending Counseling is mandatory prior to the court hearing. Please schedule a Child Custody Recommending Counseling appointment immediately after you have served the other party, or after you have been served.


  1. Fax, mail, e-mail or deliver a Child Custody Recommending Counseling Request Form to the Family Court Services Office in Hayward. (The form is available online, in Family Law courtrooms or at the offices listed below.) Fax, mail, and email address information are listed below.

  2. OR

  3. Call the Appointment Line at (510) 690-2500.


Open: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For appointments, please call: (510) 690-2500

Hayward Office:
County Administration Building
224 West Winton, Room 208
Hayward, California 94544
Fax: (510) 783-4297

Alameda Office:
George E. McDonald Hall of Justice
2233 Shoreline Drive
Alameda, California 94501
Fax: (510) 263-4386

E-Mail Address: families&

FYI: Separate appointments may be requested if there are sworn allegations of domestic violence or if there is a restraining order in place that protects one party from the other party.
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