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The Family Law Facilitator's Office / Self-Help Center offers several Family Law workshops weekly. Please check to see if the clinic that you are interested in attending requires pre-registration. If you are appearing for a scheduled workshop, you will need to sign in at the Self-Help clerk’s window and complete some intake forms.
These clinics are offered first come first served. Arrive early as the clinics do fill quickly and the number of attendees is limited.
What should I bring with me to a clinic?
Check the Clinic Calendar for specific instructions for each clinic that we offer.
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
- A blue or black ink pen
- Envelopes and postage stamps
Beginning Dissolution - Beginning Divorce +
Fill out all of the pleading necessary to begin a dissolution (divorce), legal separation, or nullity case.
Request for Custody/Visitation Orders +
How to modify your current child custody orders, or obtain orders in an existing case.
Findings and Order After Hearing +
This clinic will help you prepare the Findings and Order After Hearing from your court date. This is the order that you can show law enforcement so they can assist you with enforcing the orders the Judge made in court. You must obtain a copy of the clerk's minutes from the hearing date and bring those minutes with you to the clinic. Your order will need to exactly match the clerk's minutes.
Motion to Modify Ongoing Child Support +
This clinic helps you with the forms necessary to ask the court to change your ongoing child support order. Please bring income and expense information, including copies of your last two months pay stubs if working. Bring 3 standard size envelopes and 3 stamps.
Find out how to respond when you have been served with pleadings in a dissolution, paternity action, or motion. There are timelines for a Response or Answer that can be critical to the outcome of your case.
Judgment After Court Trial +
Once you have had a trial on your dissolution or parentage case, this clinic helps you to prepare the judgment that puts the orders made by the court into a legally enforceable judgment.
Final Dissolution by Default +
Finishing your divorce if the other party has not responded. For this clinic you will need to bring your Petition, Proof of Service, 9 stamps and 3 envelopes (2 half manila envelopes and one standard letter sized envelope).
Final Dissolution by Agreement +
Finishing your divorce by making an agreement with the other party. Bring a written draft of your agreements about child custody, property, and any other agreements with you to the clinic.
Petition for Custody and Support/Beginning Paternity +
Find out how to establish paternity of a child, or to obtain initial custody orders when parentage has been established by a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity or Judgment.
Default Paternity +
Find out how to obtain a Judgment of Paternity and custody orders when the other party has not responded to a Petition to Establish Parentage, or a Petition for Custody and Support.
Complex Service +
This clinic will help you serve your initial petition by publication or posting ONLY IF you are unable to locate the other party to have them personally served. You will need to make efforts to locate the other party. The link below to the “Due Diligence Declaration” is an example of all of the ways you will need to try to find the other party. It is helpful if you can do that search before the clinic, and bring the completed form with you. You will also need to bring 2 copies of the documents that need to be served, 4 stamps and 3 standard envelopes.
Declaration of Search
Fill out the forms required for a General Guardianship and a Temporary Guardianship if one is appropriate. Bring the completed Guardianship Investigation Questionnaire with you. This clinic is in two parts separated by a lunch hour, so you will have time to complete the forms.