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The Superior Court has family law and civil 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 Facilitator's Office (FLF) / Family Resource Center (FRC)

The Family Law Facilitator’s Office (FLF) and Family Resource Center (FRC), collectively “The Centers,” provide informational assistance to self-represented litigants with the following case types:

  • Divorce/Legal Separation/Annulment
  • Parental Relationship Actions
  • Voluntary Declarations of Parentage
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support (Alimony)
  • Request for Orders
  • Child Custody/Visitation
  • Final Judgments
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (Only when Family Justice Center (805) 652-7655 is unable to assist)

The Centers do NOT assist with all types of Family Law issues. You may need to hire an attorney in certain actions.

Ventura: The FLF Center is located at the Ventura Courthouse, 800 South Victoria Avenue, on the third floor, Room 30, Ventura, CA 93009.

Oxnard: The Family Resource Center (Family Law Self-Help) is in the Juvenile and Probate Courthouse at 4353 E. Vineyard Avenue, Room 206, in Oxnard (El Rio), CA 93036. For recorded information, please call (805) 289-8864.

• Family Law Facilitator’s Office information  [Español]

• Family Resource Center information  [Español]

HOW CAN I GET HELP?

PHONE OR ZOOM APPOINTMENTS

To set a phone or Zoom video conferencing appointment, please go to www.calendly.com/vcscreservations and select either Family Law Self-Help (Family Law Facilitator’s Office) or Family Resource Center (Family Self-Help).

The appointment will be a maximum of 15 minutes. Please be prepared for your appointment with a pen, paper, and any document(s) that you have questions about. If there is already a case filed, please be sure to have the case number ready for the appointment.

E-MAIL

You can email your Family Law questions to the FLF by completing and submitting a questionnaire which you will find here.

In order to correctly use and complete court forms and the questionnaire, you will also need Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download it for free with the following link: Download Adobe Acrobat Reader

FLF will respond to your e-mail within two court days (excluding court closures and holidays). Be sure to check your e-mail, including your spam folder for the FLF’s response.

WEBINARS

Family Law webinars are available every week on certain topics. For information on the webinars currently being offered and to register for a webinar, please go to www.calendly.com/vcselfhelpcenter and select the one appropriate for you.

For more information about registering and attending webinars, you can watch the videos on the Ventura Superior Court’s YouTube page titled:

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR IN-PERSON ASSISTANCE

The Family Law Facilitator’s Office and the Family Resource Center are currently not providing walk-in services.

SELF-HELP CALL CENTER – FAMILY LAW: (805) 289-8732

The Call Center hours are 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, (except court closures, holidays). The Call Center will direct self-represented litigants on how to access court forms, how to e-mail the Self-Help Center, how to register for a webinar and/or set a phone or Zoom appointment. The Call Center does not provide full self-help services.

FLF HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (closed from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm).

Tuesdays are closed to assist courtroom operations.

Please check www.calendly.com/vcscreservations (Family Law Self-Help or Family Resource Center) for available appointments.

FLF and FRC (the “Centers”) provide general legal informational regarding your family law case. THE CENTERS CANNOT ASSIST YOU IF YOU ARE REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY.

THE CENTERS CAN: (1) Provide you with general legal information and your options; (2) Assist you with selecting appropriate court forms; (3) Provide general information on how to fill out court forms; (4) Provide you with information about court processes and procedures; and (5) Review your filled-out forms for completeness before filing.

THE CENTERS CANNOT: (1) Fill out forms or draft documents for you; (2) Give you legal advice or an opinion; (3) Represent or go to court with you; (4) Tell you what to say on your forms or in court; (5) Help you with case strategy; (6) File or serve documents for you; (7) Predict the outcome of your case.

The Attorneys and Staff at the Centers work for the court and must remain neutral and impartial. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and Centers. The Centers may provide information and services to the other party in your case. Communications between you and the Centers are NOT confidential. You should consult with a private attorney if you want personalized advice, strategy, to have a confidential conversation, or to be represented in court.

Self-Help Legal Access Center (SHLAC)

The Self-Help Legal Access Center (SHLAC) provides informational assistance to self-represented litigants with the following case types:

  • Civil Harassment Restraining Order
  • Unlawful Detainer (Evictions)
  • Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Order
  • Collections
  • Name Change
  • Name and Gender Change
  • Misdemeanor Expungement
  • Step-parent Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship

SHLAC does NOT assist with all types of civil cases. Specifically, SHLAC does NOT assist litigants with initiating civil lawsuits, small claims cases, criminal matters, probate decedent estates and trust issues, and appeals and writs.

Ventura: The Self-Help Legal Access Center is located at the Ventura Courthouse, 800 South Victoria Avenue, on the first floor, in Room 106.

Oxnard: The Family Resource Center (Family Law Self-Help) is in the Juvenile and Probate Courthouse at 4353 E. Vineyard Avenue, Room 206, in Oxnard (El Rio), CA 93036. For recorded information, please call (805) 289-8864.

• Self-Help Legal Access Center information  [Español]

• Family Resource Center information  [Español]

HOW CAN I GET HELP?

PHONE OR ZOOM APPOINTMENTS

To set a phone or Zoom video conferencing appointment, please go to www.calendly.com/vcscreservations and select either Self-Help Legal Access Center (Civil Self-Help) or Family Resource Center (Civil Self-Help).

Your appointment will be no longer than 15 minutes. Please have all your forms and questions ready to make the most of your time.

E-MAIL

You can send SHLAC your questions and request assistance via e-mail. To send an e-mail, please complete and submit the questionnaire you will find here.

In order to correctly use and complete court forms and the questionnaire, you will also need Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download it for free with the following link: Download Adobe Acrobat Reader

We will respond to your e-mail within five court days (excluding court closures and holidays). Be sure to check your e-mail, including your spam folder for the response.

WEBINARS

Free legal self-help webinars are where a self-help attorney answers questions and provides instructions on how to fill out and file court forms. The webinars are held with Zoom video conferencing.

For information on the webinars currently being offered, visit our Self-Help Webinars page. To register for a webinar, please go to www.calendly.com/vcselfhelpcenter and select the one appropriate for you.

For more information about registering and attending webinars, you can watch the videos on the Ventura Superior Court’s YouTube page titled:

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR IN-PERSON ASSISTANCE

The Self-Help Legal Access Center and the Family Resource Center are currently not providing walk-in services.

SELF-HELP CALL CENTER – CIVIL: (805) 289-8812

The Call Center hours are 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday (except court closures and holidays). The Call Center will direct self-represented litigants on how to access court forms, how to e-mail the Self-Help Center, how to register for a webinar and/or set a phone or Zoom appointment. The Call Center does not provide full self-help services.

SELF-HELP LEGAL ACCESS CENTER HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (closed from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm).

Please check www.calendly.com/vcscreservations (Self-Help Legal Access Center or Family Resource Center) for available appointments.

SHLAC and FRC (the “Centers”) provide general informational assistance with your case, within the scope of our services. THE CENTERS CANNOT ASSIST YOU IF YOU ARE REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY.

THE CENTERS CAN: (1) Provide you with general legal information and your options; (2) Assist you with selecting appropriate court forms; (3) Provide general information on how to fill out court forms; (4) Provide you with information about court processes and procedures; and (5) Review your filled-out forms for completeness before filing.

THE CENTERS CANNOT: (1) Fill out forms or draft documents for you; (2) Give you legal advice or an opinion; (3) Represent or go to court with you; (4) Tell you what to say on your forms or in court; (5) Help you with case strategy; (6) File or serve documents for you; (7) Predict the outcome of your case.

The Attorneys and Staff at the Centers work for the court and must remain neutral and impartial. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and Centers. The Centers may provide information and services to the other party in your case. Communications between you and the Centers are NOT confidential. You should consult with a private attorney if you want personalized advice, strategy, to have a confidential conversation, or to be represented in court.

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