Chart: Percentage of Unrepresented Petitioners in Family Law Cases in Contra Costa Superior Court

Data contained in the chart below represents initial family law filings in March of two years:  2010 and 2016.  Whether or not parties are represented in family law cases tends to change repeatedly as the case progresses;  these fluctuations are not reflected in the chart.  The chart reflects each party’s status at the time of the initial filing.  Other parties that may have entered the case, such as the Department of Child Support Services, grandparents, etc., are not included in the numbers.

Percentage of Unrepresented Petitioners in Family Law Cases
Contra Costa Superior Court
Cases Filed in March 2010 vs. March 2016

Dissolution w/ children
Year Petitioner Represented Respondent Represented Total Represented Petitioner Not Represented Respondent not Represented Total Not Represented Total Filings % Unrepresented
2010 24 22 46 165 75 240 286 83.9%
2016 33 19 52 120 28 148 200 74.0%
Dissolution w/out Children
Year Petitioner Represented Respondent Represented Total Represented Petitioner Not Represented Respondent not Represented Total Not Represented Total Filings % Unrepresented
2010 26 16 42 150 49 199 241 82.6%
2016 36 20 56 108 22 130 186 69.9%
Parentage
Year Petitioner Represented Respondent Represented Total Represented Petitioner Not Represented Respondent not Represented Total Not Represented Total Filings % Unrepresented
2010 12 8 20 38 38 76 96 79.2%
2016 11 9 20 35 7 42 62 67.7%
Total Family Law Cases
Year Petitioner Represented Respondent Represented Total Represented Petitioner Not Represented Respondent not Represented Total Not Represented Total Filings % Unrepresented
2010 65 49 114 434 214 648 762 85.0%
2016 96 62 158 367 88 455 613 74.2%

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