Community Legal Information Clinic

Family Law Project

Interns in this program can provide clients with information and assistance for completing the necessary documents for the following: dissolution, legal separation, paternity, custody, visitation and request for order. We also provide referrals to self-help agencies and organizations such as, the Public Law Library, the Self Help and Referral Program (SHARP), and a Lawyer Referral Service number that provide legal resources and support.

Disclaimer
The Community Legal Information Clinic (CLIC) is an undergraduate law clinic comprised of paralegal interns only.  WE ARE NOT ATTTORNEYS AND CANNOT PROVIDE YOU LEGAL ADVICE NOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION.  We are paralegal interns and provide legal information only. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I find legal forms for my family law issue?
You can search for legal forms and how to complete them on SHARP's online program with the link below.
https://sharpcourts.org/about-sharp/onlineresources/(opens in new window)

2. I don’t have computer or printer access, where can I work on my legal forms?
SHARP offers daily workshops in their computer lab where you can access legal forms, print legal paperwork, and have staff assist you. You can view the workshop schedule in the link below to find out more.
https://sharpcourts.org/events/(opens in new window)

3. What if I would like to access legal information?
Butte County Public Law Library offers physical and online material that are available for you to read. You can learn more in the link below.
http://www.buttecountylawlibrary.org/index.php(opens in new window)

4. I have an emergency. Where can I find the nearest self-help center?
You can find the nearest self-help center in the link below. Same day walk-in services are available.
https://sharpcourts.org/contact/(opens in new window)

5. I am a victim of domestic violence and want to get divorced or legally separated. Is there anything I need to do before filing my case?
You can call a 24 hour hotline at (800) 895-8476 and receive assistance with Catalyst Domestic Violence Services in the link below. Catalyst’s hotline is staffed 24 hours a day by trained domestic violence crisis counselors. If you or someone you know needs information or help with: Crisis Assistance, Safe Housing, Safety planning, Referrals and resources, Supporting someone experiencing intimate partner violence, Developing healthy relationships, Other relationship questions. You can find out more in the link below.
http://www.catalystdvservices.org/(opens in new window)

6. Where can I find information regarding child support services?
Butte County offers child support services in the link below.
http://www.buttecounty.net/childsupportservices/(opens in new window)

7. I still need assistance regarding my legal forms, where can I find more resources?
You can find more agencies and organizations in the link below regarding your legal matter.
https://sharpcourts.org/about-sharp/referrals/(opens in new window)

8. Where can I find information about preparing for court?
You can learn about the steps to preparing for court on the California Courts website linked below.
https://www.courts.ca.gov/1002.htm(opens in new window)

9. Will I have to pay a fee to file my papers in court?
There are 3 ways to qualify for a fee waiver:

  •  If you are receiving public benefits, like Medi-Cal, Food Stamps (CalFresh), Cal-Works, General Assistance, SSI, SSP, Tribal TANF, IHHS or CAPI;
  • If your household income, before taxes, is less than the amounts listed on Form FW-001 in item 5b; OR
  • If the court finds that you do not have enough income to pay for your household's basic needs AND the court fees.
You can find more information about fee waivers in the link below.
https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-feewaiver.htm
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10. Which county should I file for divorce in, since I have moved?
You must live in the county for 3 months and the state for 6 months before you can file for a divorce here.
If you do not meet the residency requirements in your county, you can file for legal separation, then file an amended petition for divorce in the county in which you live once their residency requirements are met.
https://www.courts.ca.gov/1040.htm(opens in new window)

                  Family hours in office

                      Monday 2-5
                      Friday 11-3

Director of Family Law