Due to the Court closure, the Self Help Center is also closed to in-person assistance. Workshops are offered through Zoom and appointments can be requested through e-Correspondence.

The Family Law Facilitator's Office offers several informational workshops. You must be a party to the case to attend one of these workshops. Except as noted below, workshops are 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 the first and third Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Financial Disclosure Workshop

This workshop offers helpful tips and information regarding the Financial Disclosure Process required in Dissolution and Legal Separation cases. This workshop is offered on the first and third Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. You must have an divorce or legal separation case in the Sacramento Superior Court to attend. To join the workshop, follow this Zoom link - external link at the scheduled time. Please have your valid photo ID and case number available when you join.

Joinder of a Pension Plan

UPDATE: This workshop is currently suspended due to the pandemic. 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.

Judgment Workshop

UPDATE: This workshop is currently suspended due to the pandemic. 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.

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 the second and fourth Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Income and Expense Declaration Workshop

This workshop offers litigants helpful tips and information to complete an Income and Expense Declaration. The workshop is offered on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. You must have a case in the Sacramento Superior Court to attend. To join the workshop, follow this Zoom link - external link at the scheduled time. Please have your valid photo ID and case number available when you join.

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 10:30 a.m.

Hearing Preparation Workshop

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 8:45 a.m. You must have an upcoming hearing already scheduled to attend. To join the workshop, follow this Zoom link - external link at the scheduled time. Please have your Request for Order or other hearing notice and valid photo ID available when you join.

NOTE: Until further notice, hearings will be conducted via Zoom telepresence, not in person. For further information, please refer to the Infographic of Current Services at Family Court. The video below includes helpful information to prepare for your hearing; however, some of the information may not apply.

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Trial Preparation Workshop

This workshop helps prepare self-represented litigants for settlement conference and trial at the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse. The workshop also covers the process for issuing subpoenas to have witnesses testify at trial. The workshop is offered the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. You must have a trial date already scheduled to attend. To join the workshop, follow this Zoom link - external link at the scheduled time.

Please have Notice of Trial Dates and valid photo ID available when you join.

Response WorkshopNew!

This workshop helps self-represented litigants who wish to respond after a Summons and Petition have been served on them for a family law case. The workshop is held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. You must have been served with or have a copy of the Petition filed in Sacramento County to attend. To join the workshop, follow this Zoom link - external link at the scheduled time.

Please have a copy of the Petition and your valid photo ID available when you join.

Guardianship Termination

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 third Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

Limited Conservatorship of the Person

UPDATE: This workshop is currently suspended due to the pandemic. This workshop is for parties who want to establish a Probate Limited Conservatorship of the Person 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.

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

UPDATE: This workshop is currently suspended due to the pandemic. This workshop is for a stepparent or domestic partner who wants to adopt their spouse's/partner's child. 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.

Small Estates

UPDATE: This workshop is currently suspended due to the pandemic. This workshop helps self-represented litigants who are administering a small estate for someone who has passed away. In this workshop you will learn about the Petition to Determine Succession to Real Property and how to prepare required forms.

Guardianship

This workshop is for self-represented parties who want to file a Probate Guardianship of the Person case in Sacramento County. The child must live with the proposed guardian and that person cannot be the child’s parent. The Guardianship Workshop is held on the first Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m.