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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

 These organizations may provide assistance with some aspects of Family Law cases. Contact these organizations directly for more information about the services provided.

Divorce, Child Support, Child Custody

Department of Child Support Services
3701 Power Inn Road
866-901-3212
Services provided: The Department of Child Support Services can assist at all stages of a child support action including locating absent parents, establishing parentage, obtaining court ordered child support awards including medical insurance, and collecting payments pursuant to the award. DCSS services are free to all parents and children in California.

Divorce Help Line
http://divorcehelp.com
Provides overview of divorce proceedings. Reading Room section provides articles addressing various divorce related issues, including how to reduce conflicts, tax consequences of divorce, and retirement plans. 

Family Law Facilitator
3341 Power Inn Road, Room 113
Services provided: The Family Law Facilitator's office assistance with many family law issues. For assistance visit the Self Help Center in Room 113 of the Family Relations Courthouse, Monday through Thursday. Alternatively, you could use their new "E-Correspondence" service (https://services.saccourt.ca.gov/flfoecorrespondence/), and ask questions and receive answers via secure email.

Protection from Abuse

Adult Protective Services
4875 Broadway (916) 874-9377
http://www.sacdhhs.com/article.asp?ContentID=270
Services provided: APS investigates reports of elderly and dependent adults in danger due to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or hazardous or unsafe living conditions. Additionally, APS provides referrals for other county and community services, and can serve as an advocate for elderly and dependent adults in situations with landlords, doctors, hospitals, and other social services.

Domestic Violence Restraining Order Class
3341 Power Inn Road, Family Relations Courthouse, Self-Help Computer Room, Room 113A
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:45am – Noon. No appointment necessary, but no late admittance.
Services provided: Free class on form preparation. 

WEAVE, INC. (Women Escaping a Violent Environment)
1900 K Street   Support & Information Line 916-920-2952 (24 hours)  Business Line 916-448-2321
http://www.weaveinc.org/      
Services provided: Services include counseling, social service advocacy and referral, food and clothing, child abuse identification and intervention, legal information and referral. Counseling to abusers and victims, community education, dissolution & restraining order workshops, and a pro bono legal clinic (free attorney consultation for domestic violence).

Name Changes; Name and Gender Changes

Civil Self-Help Center, Sacramento County Public Law Library
609 9th Street, Sacramento 95814
http://www.saclaw.org/pages/cshc-workshops.aspx#name
The Sacramento County Public Law Library Civil Self-Help Center offers a workshop to assist with name changes for adults and children on Mondays at 1:30.  The CSHC can also assist with confidential name changes and with name and gender changes by appointment.

Adoption

Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services Adoption Program
http://www.dhhs.saccounty.net/CPS/Pages/Adoptions/SP-Adoptions.aspx
916-875-5967

California Department of Social Services
http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/pg1302.htm

Emancipation

Legal Services for Children (San Francisco)
http://www.lsc-sf.org/
Assistance with children's law issues, including emancipation. Their helpful do-it-yourself Emancipation Manual can be downloaded at http://www.lsc-sf.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Emancipatio-Guide_Jan-2011.pdf.

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FORMS

Family law cases may require the use of mandatory statewide Judicial Council forms, Sacramento County local forms, or pleadings you will draft yourself. See our Research Guides and Step-by-Steps for more information about selecting the proper forms for your case.

Judicial Council Forms (http://courts.ca.gov/forms.htm).
These mandatory forms can be filled out online. Forms are grouped together topically in the drop-down menu. Select the forms group you are interested in, and click on the "See Forms" button. Then, select your form by number (for example, FL-100).

  • Adoption - ADOPT-050 - ADOPT-331
  • Family Law - Dissolution, Legal Separation and Annulment: FL-100 - FL-199
  • Family Law - Parentage Actions: FL-200 - FL-299
  • Family Law - Motions and Attachments: FL-300 - FL-399
  • Family Law - Enforcement: FL-400 - FL-499
  • Family Law - Interstate Actions: FL-500 - FL-599
  • Family Law- Governmental Child Support: FL-600 - FL-699
  • Family Law- Summary Dissolution: FL-800 - FL-899
  • Family Law- Miscellaneous: FL-900 - FL-999

Sacramento County Local Court Forms (http://saccourt.ca.gov/forms/forms.aspx).
These cannot be filled out online. You can print them out and complete them by hand. The Sacramento County Superior Court provides instructional packets for some of the most common family law procedures. The Law Library has created "What do I do Next?" guides to accompany some of these packets.

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RESEARCH GUIDES AND STEP-BY-STEPS

The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Guides marked "Step-by-Step"  provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.

In addition, the Sacramento County Superior Court has produced a number of instructional packets, available at http://saccourt.ca.gov/family/forms-instructions.aspx, including: 

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ARTICLES

Everyday Law and Ask the County Law Librarian articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues.

Articles and guides from other law libraries and courts 

PAMPHLETS

The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides. 

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VIDEOS

Videos from other libraries and courts:

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PODCASTS

Audios from other organizations: