Family law issues include dissolution which is commonly known as a divorce, legal separation, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and domestic violence restraining orders. For more specific information click on the links above.
Responding to a Family Law Case
Typically when you have been served with a Petition or Request for Orders, you will also be served with a blank Response. There are critical timelines associated with filing your response. You should always read what you have been served to determine what those timelines are. There is a clinic to assist you with filling out the appropriate responsive pleading depending on the type of case. If you cannot wait for the clinic, the Self-Help Center has instructional booklets available through the links below to assist you with filling out those forms.
Responding to a Petition for Dissolution (with Children)
Responding to a Petition for Dissolution (without Children)
The Self Help Center does not currently offer assistance with Step-Parent Adoptions. The Judicial Council forms required to file an adoption are available on the state website.
Click here for general civil information on adoption.
For Additional information about Adoptions: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-adoption.htm
Self-Help Center Hours
Monday through Friday:
In Person 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Telephone 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.