People who represent themselves must follow the same legal procedures as lawyers to fill out, file and serve court forms, and to prove their case. If you do not have a lawyer there are resources which can help.
- Divorce Manual - A Client Handbook - covers many topics including selecting and working with a lawyer created by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
- Going to Court Without a Lawyer - a guide for handling uncontested divorces, legal separations and annulments to help you understand the court process and fill out the legal forms you will need.
- What Should I Know About Divorce and Custody? - a State Bar of California pamphlet.
For some suggestions about where to get other help, go to the California Court's Self-Help Center or check out one of the sites below:
Resources in California
- All Superior Courts in California by County
- State Bar of California's Find an Attorney Web site
- Free and Low-Cost Legal Help
- Where to write for vital records
Resources Across the USA
- Find government services and information by topic
- Find organizations in other states that provide free legal assistance to eligible clients.
Resources Around the Globe
- Find organizations in other countries that provide free legal assistance to eligible clients.