California Judicial Council Issues Emergency Corona Virus (Covid-19) Rule for Retroactive Support Modification

California family lawyers have been concerned about support modifications because the Family Code provides that modifications can only be retroactive to the date of filing the motion.  But people have not been able to file their requests to modify, because of the partial court closures.  On April 20, 2020, the California Judicial Council issued the 13th Emergency Rule Related to Covid-19.  That rule says,

Except as provided in Family Code section 3653(b), an order modifying or terminating  a support  order may be made effective as of the date the request and supporting  papers are mailed  or  otherwise  served  on  the  other  party,  or  other party’s  attorney  when  permitted.  Nothing in this rule restricts the court’s discretion to order a later effective date.

Rule 13 also prescribes procedures to be followed. This rule will remain in effect until  90 days after the Governor  declares that the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, or until amended or repealed by the Judicial  Council.  See the emergency rules here.

Sacramento County Implementation of Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Court Closure Mitigation Plan

On April 17, 2020, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued a notice of Implementation of Court Closure Mitigation Plan for April 17, 2020 through May 15, 2020 Family Law Proceedings.  A link to the document is  It sets forth the procedures the Sacramento Family Law Courts will be following through May 15, 2020.

California Judicial Council Adopts Temporary Rules for Corona Virus (Covid-19) Emergency

On April 6, 2020, in response to the Corona virus (Covid-19) emergency, the California Judicial Council issued temporary emergency rules of court 1 through 11.  On April 17, 2020, the judicial council adopted temporary emergency rule 12.  A link to the court’s emergency rules is

The first 11 rules deal with 1) unlawful detainers, 2) judicial foreclosures, 3) use of technology for remote appearances, 4) emergency bail schedule, 5) personal appearance waivers during health emergency, 6) and 7) emergency orders: juvenile dependency proceedings, 8) emergency orders: temporary restraining or protective orders, 9) tolling of statutes of limitations for civil causes of action, 10) extensions of time in which to bring a civil action to trial, and 11) depositions through electronic means. Rule 12 deals with electronic service in place of service by mail.

The rules are detailed, and you should read them carefully.