Who We Are
The Family Law Facilitator and staff give free assistance to self-represented litigants (individuals in a legal action who do not have an attorney) in limited family law-related matters. The Office of the Family Law Facilitator provides legal forms and procedural guidance in the following areas: Paternity actions, child support and spousal support.
The Self-Help Center offers free help to people who are representing themselves in Court in a variety of legal matters. Trained, knowledgeable staff can help you find and fill out Court forms, answer questions on how you can proceed in your case, help you understand the Court process, and refer you to other resources to save time and reduce frustration.
Description of Service Types
Due to grant funding restrictions, the Office of the Family Law Facilitator can only give assistance in limited areas of family law-related matters. The Self-Help Center can give assistance with all other family law matters not offered by the Office of the Family Law Facilitator, in addition to help with landlord/tenant cases, small claims and debt collection matters.\n\nServices are free and there are no income qualifying requirements.\n\nThe Facilitator CANNOT:\nAct as your attorney, but only as a neutral person who does not represent any parent or party. There is no attorney-client relationship or privilege between you and any office staff. The staff at the Office of the Family Law Facilitator is made up of employees of The Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus and represents the Court, not the people who use its services. Because we do not represent individuals, the Office of the Family Law Facilitator may assist both parties in a case. Communications between you and the Office of the Family Law Facilitator are not confidential.\nAttend any Court hearing with you. If you need to go to Court to present your case, you will present your case alone.\nMay not be able to provide assistance with complex cases. You are advised to seek the services of a private attorney in such situations. The Office of the Family Law Facilitator may not assist parties who are represented by an attorney.\nBe responsible for the outcome of your case.\n\nThe Self-Help Center and Family Law Facilitator is available to help both parents and all other parties who have questions about family law issues, including child support, spousal support, health insurance and the availability of community resources to help families. The Self-Help Center and Family Law Facilitator can help you in preparing your own forms and can give you general information. The Self-Help Center and Family Law Facilitator cannot go with you to Court.\nThe Self-Help Center and Family Law Facilitator IS NOT YOUR LAWYER, but is a neutral and does not represent any parent or party. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and the Self-Help Center and Family Law Facilitator.\nThe Self-Help Center and Family Law Facilitator may provide information and services to the other party in your case.\nCommunications between you and the Self-Help Center and Family Law Facilitator are not confidential. You should consult with your own attorney if you want personalized advice or strategy, to have a confidential conversation or to be represented by an attorney in Court.\nThe Self-Help Center and Family Law Facilitator is not responsible for the outcome of your case.