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The Family Law Facilitator's Office offers several informational and forms preparation workshops. You must be a party to the case to attend one of these workshops. Information on how to sign up for workshops is included in the workshop descriptions below.

If you are appearing for a scheduled workshop, you may proceed directly to the location on your appointment notice.

*These workshops are offered by appointment only.

Dissolution Workshop

This workshop is for persons who want a divorce, legal separation, or annulment. This workshop is also used to start a case for custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and property division. The dissolution workshop is held Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. when there are minor children of the marriage and Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. when there are no minor children of the marriage. Attendance in the Dissolution workshop is by appointment only. You may sign up for this workshop through e-Correspondence or in person at the Self-Help Center, Monday through Thursday before 4:00 p.m.

Financial Disclosure Workshop

This workshop helps litigants complete the Financial Disclosure required in Dissolution and Legal Separation cases. This workshop is offered Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. and does not require an appointment. Litigants wishing to attend the workshop are encouraged to arrive early on the day you wish to attend and bring photo ID, a Sacramento Superior Court case number, a blue or black ink pen, W-2s for the previous year, pay stubs for the past two months and a calculator (not a cellular telephone). Space is limited and the workshop is offered on a first come, first served basis only.

Joinder of a Pension Plan New!

This workshop is for parties with a dissolution or legal separation case who have a retirement plan through their employer and either party wishes to join the plan into the case. Joining the plan ensures that the benefits are not distributed before a proper division is decided by the Court. The Joinder of Pension Plan workshop is held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in Room 114, and is by appointment only. You may sign up for this workshop through e-Correspondence or in person at the Self-Help Center, Monday through Thursday before 4:00 p.m.

Judgment Workshop

This workshop is for parties who started a divorce or legal separation case in Sacramento County, have satisfied the financial disclosure requirements, and are ready to finish the case - with or without a court hearing. The Judgment workshop is held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. by appointment only. To sign up for this workshop, you must contact us through e-Correspondence or come in person before 9:00 a.m. (Scheduling in person can only be done when the Court file is available. See File Review for File Review requirements.)

Parentage Workshop (UPA)

This workshop is for parents who are not married to each other and wish to start a case for custody, visitation, and child support. The parentage workshop is held Monday at 1:00 p.m. by appointment only. You may sign up for this workshop through e-Correspondence or in person at the Self-Help Center, Monday through Thursday before 4:00 p.m.

Income and Expense Declaration Workshop

This workshop helps litigants complete an Income and Expense Declaration, but not as part of the financial disclosure process. The workshop is offered Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and does not require an appointment. Litigants wishing to attend the workshop are encouraged to arrive early on the day you wish to attend and bring photo ID, a Sacramento Superior Court case number, a blue or black ink pen, W-2s for the previous year, pay stubs for the past two months and a calculator (not a cellular telephone). Space is limited and the workshop is offered on a first come, first served basis only.

Request for Order Workshop

This workshop is for parties who have a case in Sacramento County and want to request a hearing. The Request for Order workshop is held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. by appointment only. To sign up for this workshop, you may contact us through e-Correspondence.

Hearing Preparation Workshop New!

This workshop helps prepare self-represented litigants for hearings at the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse. The workshop is offered the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and does not require an appointment. Litigants wishing to attend the workshop are encouraged to arrive early on the day you wish to attend and bring photo ID, a copy of the documents that were filed/served for the upcoming hearing and a blue ink pen. Space is limited and the workshop is offered on a first come, first served basis only.

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Trial Preparation Workshop New!

This workshop helps prepare self-represented litigants for settlement conference and trial at the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse. The workshop is offered the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and does not require an appointment. Litigants wishing to attend the workshop are encouraged to arrive early on the day you wish to attend and bring photo ID, the Notice of your Settlement Conference and Trial Dates and a blue ink pen. Space is limited and the workshop is offered on a first come, first served basis only.

Trial Discovery Workshop New!

This workshop helps self-represented litigants prepare subpoenas for their upcoming family law trial. The workshop is offered the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Self-Help Computer Room (Room 114) and does not require an appointment. You must already have a trial date scheduled in order to attend the workshop. Litigants wishing to attend are encouraged to arrive early on the day of the workshop and must bring valid photo ID, case number, a copy of the Notice of Settlement Conference and Trial documents, and a blue ink pen. Space is limited and the workshop is offered on a first come, first served basis.

Guardianship Termination New!

This workshop is for self-represented parties who have a Probate Guardianship of the Person case in Sacramento County and wish to ask the Court to terminate the guardianship. The Guardianship Termination Workshop is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. by appointment only. To schedule an appointment you may visit the Self-Help enter in person, Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You will need to bring valid government issued photo ID, the case number, and a copy of the filed Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Person. Space is limited.

Limited Conservatorship of the Person New!

This workshop is for parties who want to establish a Probate Limited Conservatorship of the Person only. The Limited Conservatorship Workshop is held in two parts on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday by appointment only. The workshop will cover the duties of a limited conservator, the court process, and assist with the forms necessary to petition for a limited conservatorship. To schedule an appointment you may contact us through e-Correspondence or visit us in person at the Self-Help Center, Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Space is limited.

Domestic Violence Restraining Order Workshop

Information on this workshop can be found on the Domestic Violence page.

Elder or Adult Dependent Abuse Restraining Order Workshop

Information on this workshop can be found on the Elder or Adult Dependent Abuse Restraining Order page.

Stepparent Adoption New!

This workshop is for a stepparent or domestic partner who wants to adopt their spouse's/partner's child. The workshop is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. by appointment only. The Stepparent Adoption workshop will explain the court process and assist stepparents with the forms necessary to request a stepparent adoption. This workshop is only for litigants able to obtain signed consent from the other parent, if required. The workshop does not assist with termination of the other parent's parental rights. To schedule an appointment you may contact us through e-Correspondence or visit us in person at the Self-Help Center, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Small Estates New!

This workshop helps self-represented litigants who are administering a small estate for someone who has passed away. This workshop is held on the 1st Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and does not require an appointment. In this workshop you will learn about the Petition to Determine Succession to Real Property and how to prepare required forms. Litigants wishing to attend are encouraged to arrive early on the day of the workshop and must bring valid photo ID, a copy of the Death Certificate, the Decedent's Will (if there is one), the Legal Description and APN for the decedent's real property, and a blue ink pen. Space is limited and the workshop is offered on a first come, first served basis.