The Self-Help Center is here to help persons not represented by an attorney. The information provided to assist persons in completing and processing forms is not intended as legal advice about what to request or expect from the court. No one in the Self-Help Center may predict the outcome of your issues or case. Please do not incorrectly state or imply to others that the Self-Help Center has told you what you can expect from the court. The Self-Help Center does not represent anyone and may assist all parties in your case. Further, the information exchanged through this office is not confidential.
The Self-Help Center provides assistance with the following matters:
- Child and Spousal Support
- Divorce/Legal Separation/Annulment
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse
- Stepparent Adoptions
- Limited Conservatorships of the Person
The Self-Help Center provides free legal, procedural assistance to individuals without an attorney in the areas of Family Support, Domestic Violence, Family Law and Probate. The Self-Help Center also houses a Community Resource Room for anyone in need of referrals to community services. All services are provided free of charge.
The Self-Help Center provides the following types of assistance:
- Information on how to open a case
- Instruction on completion of court forms
- Assistance responding to court forms
- Instructions on follow-up steps
- Preparation of Orders and Judgments
- Referrals to other resources
The Self-Help Center does not provide legal advice or representation, but we can provide referrals to local attorneys. Some services are only provided through workshops. All other services are provided either in person or via the web using e-Correspondence.
At this time, no assistance is given to litigants on civil harassment restraining orders, emergency (ex parte) orders, contempt proceedings, qualified domestic relations orders for other than child support, minor emancipations, or Code of Civil Procedure 170.6 - external link. Services are provided via the web using e-Correspondence and in person in the Self-Help Center. Telephone services are not available.