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The Family Law Facilitator's Office/ Self-Help Center operates on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Family Law Facilitator provides assistance to persons without an attorney in the area of family law. The Family Law Facilitator can assist with the completion of legal forms and provide general legal information concerning child support and /or spousal support, arrears, establishment of paternity, and health insurance. Services are provided free of charge.
The Self-Help Center provides assistance to unrepresented individuals with dissolution, nullity, legal separation, limited civil cases, guardianships, name changes, emancipation, landlord/tenant, step-parent adoptions, limited conservatorships, and domestic violence, civil harrassment, and elder abuse restraining orders.
For information about your case, such as the case number, names of parties or their attorneys, or what documents have been filed, please contact the Civil Department at 530-406-6704, 1000 Main St, Woodland, CA.
LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN, CALIFORNIA SELF-HELP HOURS FOR UNLAWFUL DETAINER CASES
Effective February 1, 2012, Legal Services of Northern California will be providing self-help services in English and Spanish to landords and tenants for Unlawful Detainer cases at Yolo Superior Court through the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act. The hours and locations for this service are: Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help Center located at 1000 Main Street, on Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Call Legal Services of Northern California for more information or to schedule an appointment at (530) 662-1065.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER WORKSHOPS:
Beginning September 23, 2016,
Empower Yolo will be holding workshops for domestic violence restraining orders at the Yolo Superior Court Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help/Family Court Services Center on the second floor every Monday from 8:30 to 11:30.
U.C. Davis Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic will be holding a workshop at the Yolo Superior Court Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help/Family Court Services Center located at 1000 Main Street, second floor, every Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m.
You can sign up for either of the workshops in person at the Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help/Family Court Services Center or by calling (530) 406-6793. Please leave your name, telephone number, and reason for your call on the voicemail.
Beginning January 4, 2017, Legal Services of Northern California will be holding guardianship workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. You can sign up for the workshop in person at the Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help/Family Court Services Center or by calling (530) 406-6793. Please leave your name, telephone number, and the reason for your call on the voicemail.
SMALL CLAIMS WORKSHOPS
Beginning on January 5, 2017, Legal Services of Northern California will be holding small claims workshops on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. You can sign up for the workship in person at the Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help/Family Court Services Center or by calling (530) 406-6793. Please leave your name, telephone number, and the reason for your call on the voicemail.
SMALL ESTATE WORKSHOPS
Beginning January 9, 2017, Legal Services of Northern California will be holding small estate workshops by appointment only on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can sign up for the workshops by calling Legal Services of Northern California at (530) 662-1065.
THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR/SELF-HELP ATTORNEY, THE LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SELF-HELP ATTORNEY, EMPOWER YOLO AND U.C. DAVIS FAMILY PROTECTION AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE CLINIC ATTORNEY AND LAW STUDENTS PROVIDING SELF HELP SERVICES AT YOLO SUPERIOR COURT ARE NOT YOUR LAWYERS, BUT ARE NEUTRAL PERSONS WHO DO NOT REPRESENT ANY PARENT OR PARTY. THERE IS NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOU AND THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR/SELF-HELP ATTORNEY OR THE LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SELF-HELP ATTORNEY OR THE U.C. DAVIS FAMILY PROTECTION AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE CLINIC. THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR/SELF-HELP ATTORNEY AND LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SELF-HELP ATTORNEY AND MAY PROVIDE INFORMATION AND SERVICES TO THE OTHER PARTY IN YOUR CASE. COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN YOU AND THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR/SELF-HELP ATTORNEY, THE LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN CALIFORIA SELF-HELP ATTORNEY AND THE U.C. DAVIS FAMILY PROTECTION AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE CLINIC ATTORNEY AND LAW STUDENTS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL. THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR/SELF-HELP ATTORNEY, LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SELF-HELP ATTORNEY, U.C. DAVIS FAMILY PROTECTION AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE CLINIC ATTORNEY AND LAW STUDENTS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME OF YOUR CASE. YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH YOUR OWN ATORNEY IF YOU WANT PERSONALIZED ADVICE OR STRATEGY, TO HAVE A CONFIDENTIAL CONVERSATION, OR TO BE REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY IN COURT.
FACILITATOR / SELF HELP
- Can the Family Law Facilitator serve as my attorney?
No attorney-client relationship exists between the Family Law Facilitator's office and any family law litigant. The Family Law Attorney does not act as your attorney and does not provide representation in Court. Please be aware that the Facilitator frequently assists both parties to the same case.
Please refer to the Yolo County Bar Association for information on local attorneys.
- What can I expect?
The Family Law Facilitator's Office operates on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need to see the facilitator, please arrive at or before 8:15 AM. Customers must make childcare arrangements prior to meeting with the Family Law Facilitator. Please note that priority must sometimes be given to clients referred by judicial officers directly from family law hearings.
- What should I bring with me?
Please remember to bring the following items each time you need to see the Family Law Facilitator regarding support issues:
- Last three pay-stubs and last year’s tax return or W-2s for yourself and your spouse
- If you are self employed, Schedule C from your tax return or your business profit and loss statement for the last 12 months.
- Any 1099 paperwork showing disability or unemployment assistance payments or other documentation of benefits received.
- If you want help in getting an existing court order changed, it helps if you bring a copy of the current order with you.
- A black or blue ink pen.
- Can I serve papers in my own case?
No. You cannot serve papers in your own case. Anyone over 18 who is not a party to the case can serve papers to the other side. Make sure the person who serves the papers on the other side completes a Proof of Service and gives it back to you so that you can get it filed (before your court date if you have a hearing set).
- When is my divorce final?
The earliest date that your marital status can terminate is six months from the day your spouse is served with papers or files a response, whichever is earlier. Please note that after initial paperwork is filed you need to file various other papers with the Court in order for marriage status to terminate. Termination of marriage does not happen automatically once initial paperwork is filed and the six month period from service or first appearance has passed.
- How are property issues resolved in a divorce or separation case?
Once a petition and a response are on file, a trial date can be obtained by filing either an At-Issue Memorandum, or a noticed motion requesting settlement conference and trial dates. Your declaration that you have served your Declaration of Declaration of Disclosure should be filed before you request settlement conference and trial dates.
- Can the Family Law Facilitator help me determine child/spousal support amounts?
Yes. The Facilitator can estimate child/spousal support amounts whenever a party is requesting support. On request, the Facilitator will also work with the parties together to arrive on an agreed support amount.
- How can I obtain a temporary order for support?
Requests for temporary support orders are usually filed along with a divorce or paternity/custody petition. Ordinarily, temporary support orders can be obtained at a brief non-trial hearing held approximately one month from the date initial paperwork is filed. The support ordered at the hearing can usually be made “retroactive” to the initial service date.
- What do I need to do if I want to meet with a child custody recommending counselor?
The Court has child custody recommending counselors available in Court on the day of your hearing. These counselors are provided at court expense. However, if you want, you can hire a custody mediator or to provide out-of-court mediation by contracting with the mediator directly.
- How can I collect child or spousal support once the support order has been issued?
Child or spousal support is usually collected by a wage assignment order, which can be prepared by the Facilitator after your court hearing. A copy of the wage assignment order signed by the Court must then be provided to the paying spouse’s employer’s payroll department. Please note that it is your responsibility to provide your spouse’s employer’s payroll department with a copy of the wage assignment order.
- Is it possible to change a child support order once it has been ordered by the Court?
Yes. The Court maintains jurisdiction to modify support orders. The Court has discretion to modify or terminate orders depending on the circumstances of each case.
- Where can I get help if I need a restraining order?
The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center offers a wide array of legal and non-legal services for victims of domestic violence. The phone number for the 24 hour crisis line is (530) 662-1133 or (916) 371-1907.
The U.C. Davis Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic offers extensive legal services to victims of domestic violence. For more information please call (530)661-4477.
- Where can I receive assistance if my child is involved in Juvenile Court?
If your child is involved in Juvenile Court you must talk with a private attorney. If you can not afford an attorney contact the Public Defender at (530) 666-8165 for assistance.