If you have a new case, please submit a ticket through the online workshop.
- Monday – Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM
- Each Wednesday: Closed at 12:00PM
For further information regarding the Family Law Facilitator/ Pro Per Clinic you can call English: (209) 490-2528, Spanish: (209) 490-2527. For general information regarding the Family Law Court you can call (209) 992-5690 to speak to a family law clerk. If you need an interpreter, please bring one with you. If you need an ASL interpreter, please click here.
Do not bring children to the Pro Per Clinic or to the workshops.
When You Arrive at the Clinic…
The Self Help Center opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Upon arrival you will need to take a number from the kiosk. If you are registering for a workshop you will be assigned a number by staff. Please do not take a number from the kiosk. We recommend that you arrive to register for workshops between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. due to limited space. Registration for workshops ends at 8:50 a.m. each morning in order to timely process all who sign up for the workshop.
All cases not requiring a workshop will be assisted at the Pro Per Clinic. You must bring your most current order and all other paperwork associated with your case. If you need a domestic violence restraining order contact Victim Witness at (209) 468-2500 or the Women’s Center at (209) 941-2611.
All persons who are In Pro Per and acting as their own attorney are encouraged to have their forms reviewed by the Family Law Facilitator before filing or presenting the papers to the Court.
Services the Clinic Provides
The Family Law Facilitator/ Pro Per Clinic provides general information and referrals. They will review your paperwork, if you have attended a workshop or were given a sample, and give you information regarding:
- Initial orders or modifications for child custody, visitation, child, or spousal support
- Review of domestic violence, elder abuse and civil harassment restraining orders
- Initiating an action to establish paternity
- Dissolution, legal separation, nullity of marriage
- Responses and responsive declarations
- Income and expense declarations
- Step-parent adoptions
- Civil name change
- Change of venue
- Motions to quash and set aside
- Writs and enforcement of orders
- Wage garnishment and income withholding orders
- Grandparent visitation
- Proofs of service
- Preparation of judgments and orders
- Guardianships –
- Conservatorships of the person
- Limited Civil
- Small Claims
- Unlawful Detainer
Services the Clinic Does Not Provide
The Family Law Facilitator/ Pro Per Clinic cannot assist individuals with:
- Complex cases
- Contempt actions
- Conservatorships of the estate
- Subpoenas, or
- Retirement issues (Please visit the California Courts website.)
Although the Facilitator and other staff are attorneys, they do not represent you and can only give you general information about the law and your case. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and the clinic staff. Please see a private attorney for a consultation before you begin your legal proceedings to learn about your legal rights.
The Family Law Facilitator/ Pro Per Clinic provides limited email and written correspondence assistance to those who reside outside the County of San Joaquin and neighboring areas. Assistance is available by emailing Elmer Watanabe, Leanne Andersen or Andrea Cordova. For email assistance in Spanish email Gladys Serrato or Norma Ferreira.
For those who reside inside the County of San Joaquin limited to telephone and limited email service will be provided by calling English: (209) 490-2528, Spanish: (209) 490-2527, or by emailing using provided information above. For legal advice, please consult an attorney.