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Self Help Center

How we can help

We can help you if you need legal information and don't have a lawyer.  Look below at the types of cases we can help you with. Se habla español.  

We can:

We cannot:

  • tell you about your case,
  • help you with the forms you need, and
  • explain your legal options.
  • give you legal advice (we can't tell you what you should do),
  • help you if you have a lawyer, or
  • represent you in court.

Help with forms

Try our new Guide & File programs. They are available for many types of cases like restraining orders, divorce and legal separation, child custody and child support, asking for a court date in family law cases, name change, guardianship of a minor, small claims, and more. Once you are done with the interview, the program will fill out your forms online and, if you wish, you can also e-file your paperwork.

Guide & File

Step-by-step instructions online

The California Courts Self-Help Guide provides information and step-by-step instructions for many types of cases.

California Self-Help Guide

Children and the Court

Please do not bring children to the Self Help Center. When you come to the Court, please ask someone to care for your children as children are not allowed to come to court hearings or the Self Help Center, with very limited exceptions.

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