The Superior Court has family law and non-family law self-help centers to assist persons who represent themselves in court. There is no income eligibility requirement to use these services. They are available to all members of the community.
Family Law Self-Help Center
Family Law refers to dissolution (divorce), legal separation, child custody and visitation disputes, child and spousal support, property and debt division and restraining orders. The Family Law Self Help Center is staffed by the Family Law Facilitator, attorneys, administrative staff and volunteers. You may receive help in selecting and completing the appropriate forms, with information regarding the status of your case, and general legal information regarding all aspects of family law and procedure. You may also use one of the available computers to run a child support calculation called a "Dissomaster."
The staff cannot represent you and your conference with the staff at the Center is not confidential. You will be helped on a "first-come first-served" basis. Service is limited to the first 40 persons each day. As Spanish interpreters cannot be guaranteed, those in need of an interpreter should provide their own as well as someone who can help them to complete the forms in English.
Click on the links below to view the schedules for Family Law Self Help Centers:
Please note: Family Law assistance is not available on Tuesdays.
Ventura: The Ventura Family Law Self-Help Center is located at the Ventura Courthouse, 800 South Victoria Avenue, on the third floor, in Room 30 outside of the family law courts.
Oxnard: The Oxnard Family Law Self-Help Center is located in the Juvenile Courthouse at 4353 E. Vineyard Avenue, Room 206, in Oxnard (El Rio).
For recorded information, please call (805) 289-8733.
General Self-Help Directory
California Courts Online Self-Help Center - In English
Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California - In Spanish
California Courts Online Self-Help Center [More Languages] - In Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese