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Restraining Order Help Center
Self-Help Center
Family Law Facilitator's Office

How to Get Help

In-person:

    ***Emergency Issues Only***
  • Restraining Orders
  • Emergency custody and visitation requests
  • Emergency guardianships
  • Evictions (limited to emergencies only)

Visit the Restraining Order Help Center:

  • Location: 201 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113 (near the metal detector)
  • Office Hours:
    • Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Remote:

For all other issues:

  • Call: 408-882-2926, option 3
  • E-mail: Click here
  • Live Chat: Click here

Limited hours for calls and Live Chat:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

To request an ADA Accommodation for Self-Help click here or click here for a printable flyer.

Click here to read important information about our office before visiting or contacting the Self Help Center.

 

What We Help with at the Self-Help Center

Important notice, please read carefully: This list is meant only as a guide and not a guarantee of services. If you need help with an issue that our office does not assist with, we suggest you refer to our resource flyers for assistance.

FAMILY LAW

We Can Help We Cannot Help
• Start/Respond/finish-Dissolution, Legal Separation, • Property Issues
   or Nullity: • Division of retirement plans (QDRO)
   • Start-Workshops only • Discovery/subpoena
   • Finish-To get help with defaults and judgments, • Trial Preparation
     you must e-mail a request • Collections (except wage
• Start/Respond/Finish-Petition to Establish Parentage    assignments for support)
• Custody and Visitation • Complex cases that require legal advice
• Child Support (including DCSS cases, & help with wage • Contempt
   assignments and Driver’s License suspension) • Grandparent visitation
• Spousal Support  
• Objection to Mediation or Evaluation (form only)  
• Mandatory financial disclosures (Workshop only)  
• Joinder (with exceptions)  

 

NON-FAMILY LAW

Evictions/Housing

We Can Help We Cannot Help
• Eviction Notices: • Evictions involving Section 8 housing
  3-day to Pay or Quit, • Foreclosure
  30, 60 and 90 day • Discovery
• Residential Eviction Cases (except Section 8): • HOA disputes
  Complaints, Answers, • Trial preparation
  Default/Default Judgment, • Mobile homes
  Set Asides, Stay of Eviction • Business tenants

 

Probate Cases

We Can Help We Cannot Help
• Guardianship of the Person only • Guardianship of the Estate
• Terminate/Object to Guardianship • Conservatorship of the Estate
• Petition for Visitation in a Guardianship case • Terminate Conservatorship
• General Conservatorship of the Person only • Adoption
• Limited Conservatorship (through a Workshop) • Probate (wills, etc.)
• Object to Conservatorship • Real Estate Cases
• Name and/or Gender Change – Adult or Minor • Motions
• Establish Fact of Birth, Death or Marriage • Request to be Special Administrator

 

Other

Small Claims Advisor-Suspended  
Civil-Suspended  

 

Important Information
(please read before you visist or contact our office)

  • You must be self-represented (not have a lawyer in your case) to qualify for assistance at our office.
  • We cannot give you legal advice or be your lawyer. We can give you legal information and forms, explain the court process, and provide referrals to local resources.
  • Bring an interpreter. For faster assistance, please consider having an adult with you who is fluent in English and your language (reading and writing). If you email or call us before you visit our office (see contact information below), we may be able to schedule a court interpreter to help during your visit. Please note: (1) Court interpreters may not be available at the time of your visit for all languages; (2) interpreters cannot complete forms for you.
  • Have copies of your court documents with you, as we may need to see them before we can help you.
  • Have income information with you. Have proof of your income for now and the last two months available to show the source and amount of your income from any and all sources including self employment, disability and any jobs.
  • No kids in the SHC please. The Children’s Waiting Room is currently closed due to COVID-19 protocols. If you do not have childcare available, we can assist with most issues through remote assistance. See information above for ways to contact us remotely.
  • Forms are available online by clicking here.
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