Effective March 19, 2020, the Sutter County Family Law Facilitator's Office and Self-Help Center will be closed to the public for in-person assistance until further notice. All previously scheduled clinics, in-person assistance and appointments are canceled.
However, we are still offering assistance by telephone from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at (530) 822-3305 and email assistance through E-Help. This is subject to change due to staff availability.
There are several Self-Help resources that can be accessed from anywhere with internet. The California Court's website has information on a variety of case types and issues, and court forms.
HELP WITH COMPLETING FORMS ONLINE
Odyssey Guide & File is a free program that guides a user through a series of questions with the goal of producing legal forms that may be printed, then filed with the court. The Odyssey Guide & File program is maintained by Tyler Technologies, a private company. Tyler Technologies is not affiliated with, or endorsed by, the Sutter County Superior Court. This link is provided as a resource to the public. Please be advised that the programs provided by Guide & File are designed for statewide use and contain general instructions that may vary locally depending on the court where you file your forms. Additionally, there may be local forms that are required for filing but are not provided in the form sets produced by the Guide & File program. It is highly recommended that you review the Local Rules for more specific information and guidance before filing any forms with the court.
The Family Law Facilitator's Office / Self-Help Center offers several Family Law clinics every month. Please check to see if the clinic that you are interested in attending requires pre-registration. If you are appearing for a scheduled clinic, you will need to select the "sign up for clinic" option at the information kiosk. You will then be called to the Self-Help clerk’s window to complete some intake forms.
These clinics are offered on a first come first served basis. 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 forms necessary to begin a dissolution (divorce), legal separation, or nullity case.
Request for Orders: Custody and Visitation
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. Bring 3 envelopes and 9 stamps.
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 2 standard size envelopes and 6 stamps.
FL-150 Income and Expense Declaration
Find out how to respond when you have been served with papers in a dissolution, parentage or custody case, or a request for order. 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. For this clinic, you will need to bring 9 stamps and 3 half manila envelopes.
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. You must pre-register for this clinic and you will need to bring 8 stamps and 2 half manila envelopes.
Petition for Custody and Support/Beginning Parentage
Find out how to establish parentage of a child, or to obtain initial custody orders when parentage has been established by a Voluntary Declaration of Parentage / Paternity or Judgment.
Default Parentage / Paternity
Find out how to obtain a Judgment of Parentage / Paternity and custody orders when the other party has not responded to a Petition to Determine Parental Relationship, or a Petition for Custody and Support. Bring 1 standard envelope, 2 half-manila envelopes and 9 stamps.
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 “Declaration of Due Diligence ” is an example of all of the ways you will need to try to find the other party.It is helpful if you 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 1 half manila envelope.
Fill out the forms required for a Guardianship of the Person and, if appropriate, a Temporary Guardianship of the Person. Bring the completed Guardianship Investigation Questionnaire with you.
Request for Orders: Other Issues
Fill out the forms required to ask the Court for orders in an existing case (not child custody / visitation orders or modify child support orders - see the clinics offered for those issues). You must pre-register for this clinic.
Fill out all of the forms required for your case to proceed to trial.
Ask the Small Claims Advisor
Ask the advisor procedural questions regarding your small claims case. Note: THE SMALL CLAIMS ADVISOR CANNOT GIVE YOU LEGAL ADVICE.
Self-Help Center Hours
Monday through Friday:
In Person CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Telephone 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE