The Family Law Facilitator's Office is a court-funded program staffed by attorneys, paralegals and court clerks, who provide free legal assistance to unrepresented family law litigants

IN-PERSON ASSISTANCE

Daily from 8 am - 12 pm; 1 pm - 4:30 pm

In-person assistance at the Central, East County, North County and South County divisions is best for litigants who need assistance with court paperwork

REMOTE ASSISTANCE

Daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm

Remote assistance by return call is best for litigants who can't come to the courthouse or are interested in an information-only session with our legal staff

Guide & File

The Guide & File program conducts an easy-to-use online interview to prepare the forms you'll need

Form Finder

Use the Form Finder to narrow down which forms you'll need for your specific family law project

Form Library

View our library of forms and form collections, including links to fillable forms, samples and suggestions

Rapid Review

Request a rapid review of your prepared family law forms before you file at any of our of four court locations

WORKSHOPS

By Appointment Only

We offer scheduled workshops for couples interested in resolving their case by agreement and for litigants who need help with a guardianship matter

VIDEO CHATS

By Appointment Only

We offer video chat session for litigants who want the convenience of a scheduled one-on-one meeting with a member of our legal staff

SELF-HELP CONTENT

ARTICLES

View our library of articles on the legal concepts, evidentiary rules and procedures that govern your case

FAQs

Review our Frequently Asked Questions section to find answers to common family law questions

WORKING WITH OUR OFFICE

SELF HELP

We are as 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.

BE PATIENT

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 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.

2. Watch the Video

Watch our pre-recorded dissolution workshop for a overview of the forms we recommend you use to start your case

3. Draft Your Forms

We recommend using the easy-to-use Guide and File online interview system to prepare and print well drafted court documents.

4. Ask for a Review

Request a rapid review of your forms before you file at and of our courthouse locations daily from 8 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4:30 pm

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