|"Helping unrepresented parties through the family court process"|
|Facilitators for Other California Counties (CA Courts Web site - opens new window)|
|The Office of the Family Law Facilitator provides assistance to unrepresented parties in child and spousal support cases. The goal of the Family Law Facilitator is to provide direction to the unrepresented party.|
|The Family Law Facilitator services include:|
- Interviewing customers and assess facts and legal issues. We meet with customers face-to-face, by mail, email and over the telephone at five sites: Delano, Lamont, Metro, Metro Justice, Mojave, Ridgecrest (by video conference), Shafter. Look at the Travel Schedule for dates and times.
- Providing procedural information, sample packets and forms on how to obtain divorce, custody, visitation, child and spousal support, domestic violence, guardianships, abandonment, adoption, parentage, etc.
- Checking forms for accuracy and file readiness.
- Preparing orders and judgments.
- Providing service by mail of family law documents.
- Assisting customers who are directly referred to us by judicial officers, family law and other court divisions.
- Maintaining and distributing community resource information to families and children.
- Meeting with and preparing child support related documents for customers with child support cases currently assigned to the Department of Child Support Services.
- Meeting with and preparing legal documents for customers with Accommodation Orders per California Rules of Court, Rule 1.100.
|Services Provided by the Facilitator|
|The Facilitator's Office provides forms, samples, and information in the following areas:|
- How to obtain or change child support, spousal support, and health insurance orders;
- How to obtain or contest a wage assignment;
- How to calculate child and spousal support;
- How to set a hearing on child or spousal support arrears;
- How to set a hearing to reinstate suspended driver's license and other licenses in child support cases;
- How to enforce child and spousal support orders;
- How to complete orders and judgments in family law cases;
- How to establish paternity;
- How to begin, modify, and finish a family law case;
- Provide referrals to other community agencies and resources providing services for parents and children.
|Sample Packets: The attached samples have been prepared by the Family Law Facilitator through a grant from the Judicial Council of California. The opinions and findings in these publications are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Judicial Council of California.|
|If you still have questions, E-Mail Family Law Facilitator.|
|Superior Court of California, County of Kern court employees are prohibited from giving legal advice per section 24004 and 68082 of the Government Code. In addition, court employees may not give advice as to which legal forms to use or how to complete the forms.|