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Family law facilitator
The Self-Help Center is located at the Richard A. Schoenig Annex.
What is a Family Law Facilitator?
The Family Law Facilitator is an attorney who can provide assistance to you in representing yourself in child support and family law matters. You can get help with an existing case or in starting a new case. If you require an interpreter, you must bring one with you when you see the Family Law Facilitator.
The Family Law Facilitator can help you select the proper legal forms and provide instructions for completing, filing and serving the paperwork; however, you are responsible for processing your own case.
If you need to go to court to present your case to a judge or commissioner, you will present your case yourself. The Family Law Facilitator cannot go to court with you. If you require an interpreter in court you must bring one with you.
The Family Law Facilitator is not your attorney. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and the Family Law Facilitator. The Family Law Facilitator can provide assistance to both you and the other party (for example, your former spouse, the parent of your child, etc.), either together or separately.
Any self-represented litigant may request help from the Family Law Facilitator; however it is important to note that when you speak with the Family Law Facilitator, your conversation is not private or confidential as it would be if you hired your own attorney. If you need assistance with your case strategy, you should seek legal advice from your own attorney.
In what type of cases can the Family Law Facilitator provide assistance?
The Family Law Facilitator can provide procedural direction in the following types of cases:
- Department of Child Support Services child support cases.
- Domestic Violence/Civil Harassment
- Name Changes
- Dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, nullity (annulment) and paternity cases:
- Child support and spousal support issues
- Child custody and visitation issues
- Initiating or finalizing a case
The Family Law Facilitator offers a number of workshops through the Self-Help Center.