Each Court has a Self-Help Center that offers help in family law and small claims cases. Many Courts offer help in other case types as well. Court Self-Help Centers cannot offer legal advice. Contact your local Court or Self-Help Center to find about the type of help they offer.
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Law libraries can also be a great resource. They have legal Self-Help books and computers you can use to look-up information and fill-out legal forms. Many law libraries host Self-Help workshops put on by legal nonprofits. Law libraries also host an online chat where you can ask questions and get legal information. The librarian cannot offer legal advice. Contact your local law library to find out more about the services they offer.
The California Courts Self-Help Center, by the Judicial Council of California, has legal information in many case types and offers step-by-step instructions for starting or responding to cases. LawHelp offers basic legal information and lets you search for legal help by case type and location.
A Family Law Facilitator is an attorney who works for the Court and offers legal information about child and spousal support. Many Facilitators also offer help in other areas of family law, like divorce or child custody. The Facilitator is not your attorney and cannot give legal advice.
Family Law Facilitators
Families Change offers age-appropriate information to help kids, teens, and parents deal with family break-ups.
Every County has a local child support agency that helps with starting a child support case. The agency also helps with changing or enforcing child support orders. They are not your attorney and cannot help with divorce or child custody issues. Sometimes you will hear this agency called the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS), which is a State agency.
Locate Child Support Agency
Online DCSS Application
Paternity Opportunity Program. A voluntary State program to establish paternity for unmarried parents.