Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County

Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County

Self Help

Persons who have questions regarding family law, child support, guardianship, landlord tenant and/or small claims cases may visit the Court’s Resource Center for assistance.

All services are provided for free, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Resource Center’s only requirement for providing services is that you don’t have an attorney. Due to the heavy demand for our services, it is advisable to visit our Resource Centers at least an hour before closing if you wish to have your legal forms reviewed by our staff.

The Resource Center staff are not your attorney and no attorney-client relationship is created as a result of any information or services provided to the party by the Family Law Facilitator and/or staff. This means that communications are not privileged and that services may be provided to both parties to a case. 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.

Family Law Facilitator

The Family Law Facilitator's office is located at the Child Support Courthouse, 655 W. Second Street, 2nd Floor, San Bernardino, California 92415. Our email address is childsupportselfhelp@sb-court.org. You can also send us requests for assistance through regular mail.

Assistance with government child support cases is also provided through the Court's Resource Center in Victorville.

In order to provide better service to those persons visiting our office, we do not provide telephone assistance.

Our Child Support Courthouse office is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 12:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm. On Fridays, we are open from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Also, you can make an appointment to see a Family Law Facilitator about your government child support case by emailing us at childsupportselfhelp@sb-court.org. Appointments on the 1st & 2nd Fridays of the month are available at the Child Support Courthouse, located at 655 W. Second Street, 2nd Floor, San Bernardino, California 92415.

The Facilitator provides no cost assistance to parties who are representing themselves in their government child support cases. The Facilitator's office can provide information regarding child support procedures and document review. The Facilitator's office does not fill out forms for you.

Here's a partial list of the type of procedures we can assist with:

  • Changing the Amount of Child Support
  • Answers to Government Child Support
  • Complaints Income & Expense Statements
  • Motions regarding child support judgments
  • License Suspensions

You can also find some of these procedures on our website, see Free Online Form Kits & Information.

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Here are some links for helpful sites for the Department of Child Support Services

Email for Child Support Questions

You may email us for assistance at childsupportselfhelp@sb-court.org. We will do our best to return all emails within 24 hours during working days.

Please Note: The Facilitator is not affiliated with the Department of Child Support Services. The Facilitator is an employee of the Court.

The Resource Center/Office of the Family Law Facilitator is available to help both parties who have questions about child support issues and how to proceed with a legal action regarding these issues. The Family Law Facilitator is not your attorney and no attorney-client relationship is created as a result of any information or services provided to the party by the Family Law Facilitator and/or staff. This means that communications are not privileged and that services may be provided to both parties to a case.

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.

Resource Center

HELP FOR PERSONS WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY

The Resource Center can provide assistance to self represented litigants in the following areas:

  • Family Law
  • Guardianships
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Small Claims

Our staff of attorneys, paralegals and self help assistants can review your documents and answer your questions. Our staff does not fill out the forms for you. You are your own lawyer.

Our job is to help you have your best possible day in court. The Resource Center staff does not represent any person. No attorney client relationship is formed with our staff. We provide neutral information to both sides of the case. We cannot represent you in court.

If you believe that you need a higher level of assistance, you may wish to check out one of the local legal assistance providers, such as Inland Counties Legal Services, Legal Aid of San Bernardino, or Inland Empire Latino Lawyer's Association.

Services Provided

All services are provided for free, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Resource Center’s only requirement for providing services is that you don’t have an attorney. Due to the heavy demand for our services, it is advisable to visit our Resource Centers at least an hour before closing if you wish to have your legal forms reviewed by our staff.

Things to bring with you:

  • Black ink pen
  • Paystubs for 2 months (if you are filing papers related to child support, spousal support, or starting a divorce)
  • A copy of any order that you have questions about or would like to possibly change

Most of our services are provided on a one-on-one basis. We welcome the opportunity to talk about your case – family law, guardianship, landlord tenant and small claims. For other subject matters, we are not trained to provide assistance

What forms do I need? (Family Law, Guardianship, Small Claims and Landlord/Tenant Cases Only)

Sometimes, picking the right forms to accomplish your goal can be a challenge. The Resource Center can answer your questions about the forms needed for a variety of procedures in the areas of family law, guardianship, small claims and landlord/tenant cases

Send an email to selfhelpforms@sb-court.org. Our staff generally responds to these emails between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. We try to answer the emails within 24 business hours.

If you ask us to send you forms, we might ask you a few questions to make sure that we are sending you everything you need

We cannot send you forms for civil, criminal, name changes, probate, conservatorship, adoptions, appeals, juvenile, traffic, civil harassment, or domestic violence cases, since our expertise does not include those areas. All California forms can be found for free at the California Courts’ website at www.courts.ca.gov/forms.

Other Email Addresses for Self Help:

Special services for Family Law Cases:

  • Starter Kits for Divorce or Paternity Cases which are customized with your name & address, saving you substantial writing. Come into one of our Resource Centers, fill out the special intake form, and within a few minutes, we will email you a set of custom forms.
  • "Start Your Divorce At Home" service. For questions, email flworkshop@sb-court.org
  • Email assistance at: childsupportselfhelp@sb-court.org
  • Assistance with Orders after Hearing and Judgments
  • We also have a link for form services on our internet page that will help you fill out various forms: http://turbocourt.com

Special Services for Guardianship Cases:

  • Assistance with Clearing Probate Notes; information about the notice process; help with Petitions to Terminate Guardianships and other guardianship matters
  • Review of your guardianship petitions and objections
  • Special Guardianship Clinics at San Bernardino Courthouse (Tuesdays)

Special Services for Landlord Tenant Cases:

Special Services for Small Claims Cases:

  • Walk in assistance at our Resource Centers; review of forms
  • Telephone help by calling (909) 708-8606 or (800) 634-9085 (for the 760 area code)
  • Email help at: smallclaims@sb-court.org
  • Information regarding all phases of the small claims case, from the demand, filing the suit, going to court, and collection issues (how to collect & how to defend against collection)