There is a Family Law Facilitator's office in every main Superior courthouse in San Diego.(In downtown, it's located in the Sixth Ave. building) They offer free guidance for family law litigants. Be aware, however, that they often fill up fast and you have to get in line early if you want their assistance. For more information, go to www.sdcourt.ca.gov, click on "contact us" and find the family law facilitator's telephone number.
The court forms you need are available at the court house (for a small fee) or for free online. You can also find guidance on www.courtinfo.ca.gov
Lawyer Referral Service
The San Diego Lawyer Referral Service has a program called Modest Means. This program helps low income litigants find attorneys who will provide their services at a reduced rate.
Litigants who are getting along but still need some guidance preparing their paperwork can hire a paralegal, such as Family Legal Center, or a mediator. Often mediators are former judges or retired attorneys.
While not every case is appropriate for paralegal or mediators, these non-lawyer professionals can often save litigants the cost of retaining individual attorneys. More importantly, if the parties are willing, they can help preserve an amicable relationship.
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