Alternative Dispute Resolution

There are a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes to help people resolve disputes without a trial. ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial. Learn more about the benefits of ADR.

Being Your Own Lawyer

Information on acting as your own attorney. You are not required to hire an attorney but before taking any legal action it is highly advisable to consult with a lawyer who can inform you about important legal rights.


  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Modifying Court Orders
  • Family Court Services

Cleaning Your Record/Expungement

Some convictions can be modified on your record so that when you apply for most jobs, you can legally indicate that you were not convicted of that crime. Other convictions may be reduced from felony to misdemeanor status in certain situations.

Divorce or Separation

  • What is the difference?
  • Get a copy of a Final Judgment of Divorce

Finding an Attorney

The San Joaquin County Bar Association sponsors the Lawyer Referral Service, a non-profit public service consisting of over 90 local attorneys – all members in good standing with the State Bar of California – and all available to render legal assistance to people who need help.


Legal Glossaries provided by the Superior Court of California County of Sacramento.

Harassment & Restraining Orders

  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Elder Abuse Restraining Orders
  • Forms & Fees

I-CAN! Forms Assistance

I-CAN! Legal helps people prepare their court forms using an easy online questionnaire. I-CAN! provides step-by-step instructions for how to file the forms and proceed with the court case.

Mediation and Arbitration

  • General Info
  • FAQs
  • Forms
  • Contact Info

Pro Per Clinic

  • Services the clinic provides
  • Services the clinic does not provide

Resources and Assistance

A comprehensive directory of resources available in San Joaquin County.

Serving Court Documents

  • Who can Serve Papers?
  • How are Papers Served?

Virtual Self-Help Law Center

    • This site can help you learn about court procedures, find forms, and links to other important resources.

This site does not give legal advice.