Self-help center

 

Hours, Location, Services

Self-Help Center (Facilitator’s Office)
Howard G. Gibson Courthouse
Bill Santucci Justice Center
10820 Justice Center Drive, Roseville CA 95678

Recorded Information Line: (916) 408-6446
Contact Us

By Appointment from 8am-12 noon Monday, 8-12 noon Tuesday , 8-3pm Wednesday, 8-12 noon Thursday, 8-12 noon Friday

Review our forms page for all local court forms.

To schedule an in person appointment with the Self-Help Center, visit our appointment reservation system. (Note: You must select “Appointment Legal Self-Help” on the appointment page or you will not get to our office!)

 

About Our Services

The Self-Help Center provides legal and procedural information and assistance with court forms to self-represented litigants with cases in or who reside in Placer County. We cannot assist litigants who are represented by attorneys. The Self-Help Center does not represent people in court. Our services are not confidential. We assist both sides of the case equally. To get legal advice or have a confidential conversation, you must speak with a private attorney. All services of the Self-Help Center are free of charge.

 

What Types of Cases Do We Help With?

The Self-Help Center will attempt to steer you in the right direction in any type of case. The bulk of the issues we help with are family law, child support, evictions, small claims, guardianships and restraining orders. Below, our most frequently provided services are listed by type of law. We also provide instruction sheets and links if you would like to do the paperwork yourself. We are happy to provide in-person assistance by appointment at the Self-Help Center located at the Gibson Courthouse. If you do not see what you need on this web page and you need assistance, just ask!

 

how do i get an appointment?

Assistance at the Self-Help Center is available by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled online in advance or by same day appointment at the ticket kiosk located on the first floor of the Gibson Courthouse. Please note, only a limited number of same day appointments are available each day. If you want a same-day appointment, you should arrive no later than 8:00 a.m. as those appointments can be taken very quickly.
A step by step instruction guide for making appointments can be downloaded by clicking How to Schedule an Appointment with the Self-Help Center.

 

frequently asked questions

instructions sheets and information

 

I WANT A DIVORCE/LEGAL SEPARATION/ANNULMENT.

General Information about Divorce, Legal Separation and Annulment here.
“Start Your Divorce” Instruction Sheet.
Financial Disclosures Information Sheet

 

I Want to Respond to a Divorce/Legal Separation/Annulment

If you and the other party are in agreement on most things, we suggest you make an appointment with the Legal Help Center for assistance before filing a Response with the court. There may be ways of moving forward with the case by agreement, without the expense of filing a Response.

Response to Divorce/Legal Separation/Annulment Instruction Sheet
Financial Disclosures Information Sheet

 

Finish Your Divorce Clinic

This clinic offers one-on-one assistance to Self-Represented litigants with the paperwork necessary to finish a divorce. This is a very popular clinic with limited space. Litigants are assisted by appointment only.

Note: In order to attend the Clinic you must:

1. Wait at least 31 days from the date that the Respondent was served with the Petition and Summons, and

2. Have filed your Proof of Service of Summons, or bring it for the clinic and

3. Have completed your financial disclosures (Income and Expense Declaration and Schedule of Assets and Debts. Click here for instructions. The Petitioner is required to complete disclosures. The Respondent is required to complete disclosures if a Response has been filed or if the parties wish to make a full agreement, and

4. The Petitioner must be at the Clinic if the divorce is “uncontested” (no Response has been filed), or

5. Both the Petitioner and Respondent must come to the clinic if a Response is filed or if the parties wish to make a full agreement. Both sides must agree on all issues that apply to their case. This includes: child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and division of property.

This clinic is held every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. You may schedule an appointment by clicking the appointment link above. Limited same-day appointments will be available at the Ticket Kiosk on the first floor of the courthouse starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Where: Check in at the second floor Self Help Center window at 1:00 p.m.

What to bring: Stamps and envelopes (business sized #10 and 9x12 “manila” sized envelopes are recommended) or money to buy them (usually around $3.00 to $5.00 cash only, please). Each person must bring their valid drivers license or other valid government issued photo ID. You must also have the other party’s mailing address with you.

 

I WANT TO GAIN CHILD CUSTODY AND SUPPORT

For general information about child custody and support here.

 

WHAT KIND OF CASE DO I NEED TO GET CHILD CUSTODY AND SUPPORT?

If you want to get child custody or support orders, you must open the right kind of court case, then ask for orders in that case. The process for asking for a court hearing is called "Request for Order". You can open the court case and ask for orders at the same time by turning in all the papers to the court clerk. There are several kinds of court cases, depending on the circumstances. For more information on what case to file, review the statements below. We suggest that you make an appointment with the Self-Help Center to determine the proper filing.

 

I AM MARRIED TO MY CHILD’S PARENT AND DON’T WANT A DIVORCE.

You can File Petition for Custody and Support without filing for a divorce and then file a Request for Order.

 

I have never been married to my child's Other Parent

File a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship, and then file a Request for Order.

 

I AM DIVORCED OR GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE WITH MY CHILD’S OTHER PARENT IN PLACER COUNTY.

You can file a Request for Order in your divorce case to ask for custody and child support.

 

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