All courts in California have a self-help center that can provide free legal help to people who do not have a lawyer.
The self-help center lawyer is not your lawyer. He or she works for the court and is a lawyer who can help people who do not have their own lawyer.
You do not have attorney-client privilege with self-help center staff. What you say to the staff or lawyer is NOT confidential.
Both sides can get help from the self-help center.
Self-help center services are free. Anyone who does not have their own lawyer can get help from the self-help center. It does not matter how much money you make.
The office of the Family Law Facilitator assists self-represented parties with child support, spousal support and health insurance issues. The staff provides legal information and education to help parties complete their paperwork and represent themselves in their cases. The staff does not give legal advice nor does it represent a party in a case or at a hearing. There is no confidentiality or attorney-client relationship created between the office and a party.
The Office of the Family Law Facilitator provides the following assistance:
Provides information and assistance completing paperwork to parties representing themselves to:
Establish, modify or terminate a child support order
Establish, modify or terminate spousal support
Establish, modify or terminate health insurance order
Establish repayment plans
Seek reimbursement for overpayments
Quash or modify wage assignment orders
Provides information and prepares draft calculations of support amounts based on statutory guidelines
Provides referrals to the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department, Family Court Services and other community agencies
Educates and assists parties to prepare stipulations for parties who agree to child support, spousal support or health insurance
Educates and assists parties to prepare answers to Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department complaints
Educates and assists parties to prepare motions to set aside in cases involving the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department
Educates and assists parties to prepare Orders After Hearing and Wage Assignment Orders in which child support, spousal support or health insurance are at issue in family law cases
Mediates child support, spousal support and health insurance issues between the parties