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Limited Parking at Juvenile Justice Center

The County of Kern is installing solar panels in the parking lot of Public Health. This will impact parking at the Juvenile Justice Center. The project is expected to last through May 1, 2024.

Families and Children

Self-Help Information for Families and Children

The Superior Court of Kern County offers free help to the public. We help with a variety of basic legal issues and types of cases, including family law.  We help people who need legal information but don't have a lawyer. 

Our staff don't give legal advice (we can tell you how to do something but we can't tell you what choice you should make) and we may refer you to a private attorney or another resource depending on your situation.

Self Help Center

The Self Help Center can provide assistance and information for the preparation of:

  • Petitions for Guardianship of the Person, clearing of Guardianship notes
  • Petitions for Dissolution, Establish Parentage, Custody and Visitation
  • Requests for Orders (Child Custody, Visitation, Child Support*)
  • Default Dissolution, legal separation and Nullity

The Self Help Center is currently closed to in person services, however assistance can still be obtained via telephone by calling 661-610-6518 or by email

The Self Help Center’s hours of operation are
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Families & Children Information & Resources

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