Superior Court of California - County of Shasta








































Family Law Facilitator / Self Help Center

Should You Hire An Attorney To Represent You In Your Family-Law Case?

Family-law cases frequently involve serious and complex legal issues, and they touch upon the most important areas in your lifeóyour children, your assets, your debts, and your finances. It can be particularly difficult to represent yourself in these cases due to the personal nature of family-law issues and the numerous rules, laws, and forms required to navigate your way through a family-law case. Before you make the decision to represent yourself in a family-law case, you may wish to consult with a family-law attorney. Many family-law attorneys charge only a nominal amount or nothing at all for an initial consultation.

 

Where Can You Obtain Help If You Choose Not To Hire An Attorney To Represent You?

If you are not represented by an attorney in your family-law case, you can obtain general information at the Shasta County Superior Courtís Family Law Facilitatorís Office and Self Help Center. The Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Center is located on the first floor of the courthouse at 1500 Court Street, Room 115, Redding, California, 96001, and is operated under the supervision of an attorney. The attorney and her staff provide limited assistance to all self-represented parties in family-law cases regardless of income. Service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis during office hours, through telephone hotline, and through email. Due to limited resources, the lines can be quite long.

The Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Center cannot give you legal advice, which means that the attorney and her staff cannot tell you what you should do in your particular case. To obtain legal advice, you must hire your own attorney. Rather, the Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self Help Center can provide legal information about your options and the general rules, procedures, and forms necessary to work your way through your family-law case.

The Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self Help Center cannot represent you, and the information you discuss is not confidential. No attorney-client relationship is created between you and the program attorney. The Family Law Facilitatorís Office and Self Help Center cannot speak for you in court and is not responsible for the outcome of your case. Click here to view the Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Centerís drop-in office hours, telephone hotline and email services, and class schedule.

 

Services Offered In The Family Law Facilitatorís Office And Self Help Center

The Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Center provides several services that include the following:

  • Providing educational materials to parents concerning the court process of establishing parentage and establishing, modifying, and enforcing child and spousal support;
  • Providing voluntary declarations of paternity and assistance filling out voluntary declarations of paternity;
  • Preparing child-support schedules based upon statutory guidelines;
  • Providing referrals to the local child support agency, family court services, and other community resources that provide services for parents and children;
  • Providing assistance on child support issues;
  • Providing assistance to parties in filing for a dissolution, nullity, or legal separation;
  • Providing assistance to parties in obtaining a final judgment in their dissolution, nullity, or legal-separation cases;
  • Preparing Findings and Orders after Hearing;
  • Assisting parties in preparing stipulations and/or stipulated judgments;
  • Providing assistance to parties in initiating and responding to Requests for Orders for issues other than child and spousal support such as child custody, parenting time/visitation, attorneyís fees, orders for temporary control of property, use of vehicles, or assignment of responsibility for payment of debts;
  • Providing assistance to parties in initiating and responding to requests for change of venue;
  • Providing information on grandparent visitation;
  • Identifying necessary forms and providing guidance on how to complete the forms;
  • Providing information on methods and forms for proper service of your pleadings.

Assistance is available on a first-come, first serve basis. Telephonic information about schedules and services may be obtained by calling the phone numbers on the "Contact Us" link below. Click here to view the Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Centerís drop-in office hours, telephone hotline and email services, and class schedule.

The Family Law Facilitatorís Office and Self Help Center has a variety of information sheets that explain basic laws and procedures relating to family-law matters. Click here to view a list of the information sheets available in the Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Center.

 

Services Not Offered In The Family Law Facilitatorís Office And Self Help Center

The Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Center does not provide assistance with the following matters:

  • Calculations of Spousal Support;
  • Service outside of the United States of America;
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs);
  • Discovery (subpoenas, depositions, etc.);
  • Trial Preparation;
  • Enforcement of Judgments, Writs of Attachments, Etc;
  • Guardianships;
  • Conservatorships;
  • Applications for Domestic-Violence Restraining Orders;
  • General Civil Actions;
  • Small Claims Matters;
  • Unlawful Detainers;
  • Adoptions;
  • Juvenile or Dependency Matters;
  • Bankruptcy Issues;
  • Criminal Matters.

Click here to view the Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Centerís drop-in office hours, telephone hotline and email services, and class schedule.

 

What Should You Bring With You When Seeking Assistance In The Family Law Facilitatorís Office And Self Help Center?:

  • Black or blue ink pens;
  • Large (8 ĹĒ x 11Ē) and legal size (4Ē x 9 ĹĒ) envelopes;
  • A book of stamps;
  • Photograph identification (such as California Driverís License or Identification Card);
  • Your court case number;
  • Copies of your court papers;
  • Your address and telephone number;
  • The address and telephone number of the other parties or children in your case;
  • Your childrenís names and birthdates;
  • A copy of your Voluntary Declaration of Paternity (if you signed one pertaining to your child or children);
  • A copy of your childís birth certificates (if you seek to change the childís name or amend the birth certificate);
  • Your pay-stubs for the past two months, award letters for public assistance or unemployment benefits, and your last two years tax returns (if you are seeking assistance with child support, spousal support, or attorneyís fees);
  • A flash drive if you wish to save forms from the lobby computers for future use.

Note: Children are not allowed in the Family Law Facilitatorís Office and Self Help Center.

 

Can You Obtain Help With A Case Filed In Another County?

The Family Law Facilitatorís Office and Self Help Center in Shasta County can assist you with family-law cases filed in other counties located in California. However, each county in California has a family law facilitatorís office, and it is generally best to seek assistance in the county where your case is filed because that county will have its own local rules, practices, and procedures for preparation of paperwork. Click here to view the Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Centerís drop-in office hours, telephone hotline and email services, and class schedule.

 

Can You Obtain Help With A Case Filed In Another State Or Country?

No. Every state has its own laws, rules, and forms applicable to family-law cases. The Shasta County Superior Courtís Family Law Facilitatorís Office and Self Help Center cannot assist you with cases outside of California.

 

Are Interpreters Available To Assist You If You Are Not Comfortable Reading Or Writing In English?

The Family Law Facilitatorís Office and Self Help Center does not have interpreters on staff. It is best if you bring someone with you whom you trust to accurately translate questions and responses from your native language to English and vice versa. Do not use a child to interpret for you. Click here to view the Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Centerís drop-in office hours, telephone hotline and email services, and class schedule.

 

Helpful Links:

California Judicial Council Self-Help Information: This site provides helpful information on family-law issues as well as other types of cases. www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm

California Judicial Council Forms: This site is useful for accessing, completing, and printing statewide Judicial Council forms. www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm

Online Guideline Child-Support Calculator: This site is helpful if you wish to learn more about the factors considered in calculating a guideline calculation for child support. Child Support Calculator

TurboCourt: This site is helpful if you wish to open a case with Department of Child Support Services to establish, modify, or enforce your child support order, establish paternity, etc. It guides you through the child-support application, completes and (if desired) electronically submits your forms, and keeps you informed. www.turbocourt.com

IcanDocs: This site is not maintained by Shasta County Superior Court. Many litigants find this site useful in filling out statewide forms on family-law and other issues. There is a fee for using this site unless you complete an online application for a fee waiver and qualify for a fee waiver. www.icandocs.org

One Safe Place: This site is helpful with domestic-violence issues. www.ospshasta.org

Shasta County District Attorneyís Office Child Abduction Unit: This site is helpful if you have a valid, enforceable child custody order that is not being followed by the other parent and/or if the other parent has abducted your child or children. Child Abduction Unit

Vital Records: This site is helpful if you need to obtain copies of, or modify, birth certificates. Vital Records

 

Location, Hours and Contact Information

Assistance is available on a first-come, first serve basis. Telephonic information about schedules and services may be obtained by calling the phone numbers on the "Contact Us" link below. Click here to view the Family Law Facilitatorís Office/Self-Help Centerís drop-in office hours, telephone hotline and email services, and class schedule.

Contact Us  -  Location and Hours

For further information on Family Law - See the Civil Department - Family Law Division.

 

Complaint Procedure

All complaints regarding the Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help Center shall be in writing and may be submitted to the Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help Center for submission to the Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of Shasta County, or submitted directly to the Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of Shasta County, 1500 Court Street, Room 205, Redding, California 96001. A complaint form may be utilized for this purpose or the details of the complaint may be contained in a letter format. Complaints may be hand delivered or mailed.

Complaints shall be duly investigated by the Shasta County Superior Court Administrative Office. A written response to the complainant may be provided by the Court Executive Officer, or his or her designee.

 
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