Frequently Asked Questions
What type of assistance will I receive?
The Self-Help Center provides the following types of assistance through our clinics:
- Information on how to open a case
- Instruction on completion of court forms
- Assistance responding to court forms
- Preparation of support calculations
- Instructions on follow-up steps
- Assistance with preparation of Orders and Judgments
- Referrals to other resources
File review and assistance finishing your case is available at the Status Conference hearing that is set periodically in each case until it reaches judgment.
What can I expect?
Once you check in at the Self-Help Center you may be offered options with regard to our clinics or packets of information. We are very limited in our ability to offer drop in assistance if that subject area has a clinic available. If we are unable to assist you due to the complexity or subject matter of your case, we may offer you a list of local attorneys.
What should I bring with me?
Each time you visit the Self-Help Center, please remember to bring the following items:
- Photo identification
- Your case number
- Current pay stubs or statements
- Other income and expense information
- A blue or black ink pen
- Envelopes and postage stamps
- Copies of any documents that have already been filed
What is E-Help Assistance and how does it work?
Litigants who would like procedural assistance or help determining the next steps in their case may contact us using our E-Help System. E-Help assistance is available to any self-represented party in a family law, domestic violence, family support or guardianship case filed in Sutter County Superior Court. Please note that if you have a confidential file and your e-mail address does not match the address on file for you with the court, we will be unable to assist you via our E-Help System.
What is a Status Conference?
A status conference is a court date that is set as a check-up on the progress of your case towards a Judgment. Status Conferences are set at regular intervals and are not the trial date. It is not usually an opportunity to address the court or ask for orders unless it is scheduled on the same date as a properly noticed Request for Order.