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Workshops & Clinics

Self-represented litigants can take advantage of the free first-come, first-serve walk-in clinics for help with family law or other civil matters. Litigants also can schedule a meeting with the Family Law Facilitator to get assistance with family law matters.

The Family Law Facilitator is an attorney available to provide procedural assistance to people who are representing themselves in Family Court. 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.

Important Disclosure: These programs and services are available to all parties in a case. The program staff cannot represent any of the parties in a case. No attorney-client relationship is created between any party and the program staff as a result of these services. Communications between parties and program staff are not confidential. The staff can only provide information and education, not legal advice. To receive legal advice, one must hire a private attorney.



Placerville

OFFICE OF THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR

Michael Friel
Family Law Facilitator
495 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-6433
selfhelp@eldoradocourt.org



WALK-IN CLINICS

Self-represented individuals may seek free assistance with issues related to child and spousal support, custody and visitation, paternity, divorce, property division, domestic violence restraining order, and other family law matters on a first-come, first-serve basis at the following location and times:

El Dorado Superior Court
495 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(except holidays)

Please note that this schedule is subject to change without prior notice.  Contact the Family Law Facilitator’s Office at (530) 621-6433 to hear a detailed message with up-to-date scheduling information or click on the following link for a detailed current monthly schedule:

Family Law Facilitator Monthly Schedule

Individuals needing help with opening a new divorce, legal separation, or nullity case or with filing a response should attend the workshops described below.

Other Civil Matters
Self-represented individuals may seek free assistance with small claims matters, answers to debt collection lawsuits (limited jurisdiction), landlord/tenant matters, civil harassment restraining orders, name change cases, and enforcement of money judgments on a first-come, first-serve basis at the following location and times: 
 
El Dorado County Law Library
550 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667

Office Hours
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Fridays
(except holidays)



WORKSHOPS


Divorce, Legal Separation, or Nullity Workshop
El Dorado County Law Library
550 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
(except holidays)

  • To open a new divorce, legal separation, or nullity case or to file a response
  • If you and your spouse have children together, bring a list of the addresses of the children for the past 5 years.
  • If you are filing a response, bring a copy of the papers that were served on you.

Financial Disclosures Workshop
El Dorado County Law Library
550 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.
(except holidays)

  • To complete the necessary financial forms required to finalize a divorce, legal separation, or nullity case
  • Bring a list of all the assets and debts acquired by the parties (whether before or during the marriage or after separation) and proof of your income for the last 12 months (W2 or tax return for the prior year and your last 2 months of paystubs).

Final Judgment Workshop
El Dorado Superior Court
495 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
By appointment only
Contact the Family Law Facilitator to sign up for a workshop.

  • To complete the final judgment paperwork in a divorce, legal separation, or nullity case. Parties first must complete and serve their financial disclosures paperwork before signing up for a judgment workshop.

Family Law Status Conferences
El Dorado Superior Court
495 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
Fridays at 1:30 p.m.
(except holidays)

South Lake Tahoe

OFFICE OF THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR

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

Office Hours:
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (By appointment only)
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
Contact the Family Law Facilitator to schedule an appointment.



WALK-IN CLINICS

El Dorado County Superior Court
Department 11
1354 Johnson Blvd., 1st Floor
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Every Monday (If a holiday falls on Monday, for that week only the clinic will be open on Tuesday)

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