Please note that Family Law Facilitator staff cannot provide assistance with minor children present. If you are seeking in-person assistance please make child care arrangements or request service at the children's waiting rooms available at each courthouse location. Keep in mind that space is limited at the children's waiting rooms and services are provided on a first come, first served basis.
COURT FORM RESOURCES
Guide & File
The Guide & File program conducts an easy-to-use online interview to prepare the forms you'll need
We are a self-help provider. This means we help you help yourself. We cannot take responsibility for your case and cannot act as your lawyer. We provide basic assistance, but you will continue to be personally responsible for your case.
We typically experience a high demand for our services. This unfortunately means that you may have to encounter significant waits when seeking assistance. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Starting or responding to a new case
Filing or responding to a request for order
Converting an agreement of the parties to an agreed-upon judgment or order
Requesting a default judgment
Making or responding to a request for domestic violence restraining order
Completing mandatory financial disclosures in a dissolution (divorce) or legal separation case
Help with procedural issues including the filing and service of documents
Assistance with properly submitting evidence to the court
Informational sessions about your legal options, rights and responsibilities
SERVICES NOT PROVIDED
Assistance with discovery requests or responses including issuing subpoenas
Assistance with contempt issues
Assistance with complex property and debt issues
Assistance with trial preparation
Strategic planning about your case
Preparation of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) to divide retirement accounts like pension and 401K accounts
Legal research or memorandums of points and authorities
Assistance with enforcement, except for garnishment orders in family law cases
Preparation and guidance for appeals or writs
STARTING A DIVORCE OR LEGAL SEPARATION CASE
1. Get Info
Before you file, it's important to know about your legal rights and responsibilities. Start at the California Judicial Council's homepage.