Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado

Our Mission

To preserve and enhance the rule of law in El Dorado County by providing all persons a fair, efficient, and accessible forum for resolving disputes, protecting public safety, and righting wrongs.

Family Law Facilitator

What is a Family Law Facilitator?

The Family Law Facilitator of the Superior Court of El Dorado County has been established to:

Help the parties who cannot afford an attorney to represent themselves in Family Court by offering information and help with court procedures through workshops and individual personal assistance. The Family Law Facilitator is available to help both parents and all other parties who have questions about child/spousal support, health insurance, and the availability of community resources to help families.

Make referrals to other resources, including:

  • Assistance in dispute resolution
  • Low or no cost legal services
  • Personal property mediation

What kind of help can you get?

The facilitator can help you in preparing your own forms and can give general information on:

  1. How to obtain, change or enforce child and spousal support orders.
  2. Child and spousal support calculations.
  3. Assistance with Orders after Hearing and Wage Assignments.

How does the Family Law Facilitator Work?

The Family Law Facilitator is an attorney available to provide procedural assistance to people who are representing themselves in Family Court. The facilitator is not your lawyer, but is a neutral person who does not represent any parent or party. The facilitator may provide information and services to the other party in your case. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and the facilitator. Communications between you and the facilitator are not confidential. You should consult with your own attorney if you want personalized advice or Strategy, to have a confidential conversation, or to be represented by an attorney in court.
People who have hired their own lawyers are not eligible for help by the Family Law Facilitator.

The Family Law Facilitator will not represent you at a court hearing, but can help you prepare your court forms for that hearing or the orders after hearing.
Individual assistance in obtaining a divorce cannot be provided.

Department Contacts

Placerville Main Street Branch

Gary Slossberg, Esq.
El Dorado County Superior Court
495 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: (530) 621-6433

Office Hours

The Family Law Facilitator/Self Help Attorney is available to assist with family law matters on a walk-in basis as follows:

Every Tuesday, Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Every Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Customers are assisted on a first come first serve basis. To obtain assistance, walk-in and place your name on the sign in sheet hanging outside the Facilitator/Self Help Attorney’s door.

If you need help with matters other than child support, orders after hearing, income and expense declarations, orders to show cause/notice motion or paternity, please attend one of our workshops offered at the El Dorado County Law Library. View workshop dates and times.

South Lake Tahoe Branch

Lisa Lipelt Castellanos, Esq.
El Dorado County Superior Court
1354 Johnson Blvd., 1st Floor
(Next to Department 12)
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 573-3066

Office Hours

Monday thru Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Main Street snow Dec2009