Every court in California has a lawyer that will help you with family law problems for free. These lawyers are called "family law facilitators." The facilitators can't be your lawyer, but they can help in other ways, such as showing you how to fill out court forms and telling you about other places to get help, like lawyer referral services, legal aid clinics, and self-help law centers.
341 The City Drive
1st Floor, Room 101
Orange, CA 92868
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
1275 N. Berkeley Ave.
Upper Level, Room 360
Fullerton, CA 92838
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
27573 Puerta Real
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHAT IS A FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR?
The Family Law Facilitator is an experienced Family Law attorney who works for the Superior Court.
The Family Law Facilitator is not your attorney. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and the Family Law Facilitator. The facilitator is neutral and can help you and the other party (for example, your former spouse, the parent of your child, etc.). If you want help with your case strategy, you should consult with a private attorney for legal advice.
The Office of the Family Law Facilitator provides education, information and explains options without giving legal advice. The Office of the Family Law Facilitator can assist self-represented litigants in handling their own child and spousal support cases.
When you speak with the Family Law Facilitator (or any staff member in the Facilitator’s office) your conversation is not private or confidential.
The Family Law Facilitator is not responsible for the outcome of your case.
WHAT DOES THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR DO?
The Office of the Family Law Facilitator is restricted to issues relating to child support.
We can help you to:
- Prepare your paperwork to establish, modify or terminate child support
- Prepare your Answer to a DCSS complaint
- Prepare your Response to a DCSS Notice of Motion for Judgment
- Prepare your Motion and/or Request for Order or Response to establish, modify, or terminate a child support order, determine arrears, release your license
- Prepare your Request for Order regarding Medical and Dental Reimbursement (Accounting)
- Prepare your Income and Expense Declaration
- Prepare your Request for Order to establish new custody and visitation orders
- Get information on outside resources for services we do not provide
- Get contact information for low cost attorneys, legal aid and low cost legal clinics
You may also visit the Self-Help website resources page and select Educational Videos for additional information
HOW ARE SERVICES PROVIDED?
Services are offered in a group setting, on a first-come first-served basis.
When you visit the Office of the Family Law Facilitator we will review your information and we may be able to assist you on your first visit. If you do not have all of the necessary documents, or if we need to order your file, then you may choose the day that you want to return for assistance
- Choose a day and time to attend
- Bring all necessary documents
- Arrive on time
We do not offer individualized services or private appointments.
Family Law Facilitator workshops are free.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
- Your Superior Court case number
- A copy of any orders or judgment in your case
- Your last four (4) paycheck stubs as well as any information regarding any other income earned by either yourself or the other party
- If you are self-employed, please bring a copy of your Schedule C and your Profit and Loss Statement
- Disability or unemployment information
- An estimate of your monthly living expenses including housing, utilities, insurance, food, transportation, education, clothing, daycare expenses, and any extraordinary expenses related to health care and catastrophic losses
- Names and birthdates of your children and an estimate of your custodial/visitation time with each child.