CALIFORNIA FAMILY CODE
ENFORCEMENT OF JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS
Family Code Section 291
(a) A money judgment or judgment for possession or sale of property that
is made or entered under this code, including a judgment for child, family,
or spousal support, is enforceable until paid in full or otherwise satisfied.
(b) A judgment described in this section is exempt from any requirement
that a judgment be renewed. Failure to renew a judgment described in this
section has no effect on the enforceability of the judgment.
(c) A judgment described in this section may be renewed pursuant to Article
2 (commencing with Section 683.110) of Chapter 3 of Division 1 of Title
9 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure. An application for renewal
of a judgment described in this section, whether or not payable in installments,
may be filed:
(1) If the judgment has not previously been renewed as to past due amounts,
at any time.
(2) If the judgment has previously been renewed, the amount of the judgment
as previously renewed and any past due amount that became due and payable
after the previous renewal may be renewed at any time after a period of
at least five years has elapsed from the time the judgment was previously renewed.
(e) Nothing in this section supersedes the law governing enforcement of
a judgment after the death of the judgment creditor or judgment debtor.
(f) On or before January 1, 2008, the Judicial Council shall develop self-help
materials that include: (1) a description of the remedies available for
enforcement of a judgment under this code, and (2) practical advice on
how to avoid disputes relating to the enforcement of a support obligation.
The self-help materials shall be made available to the public through
the Judicial Council self-help Internet Web site.
(g) As used in this section, "judgment" includes an order.