|Family Law Facilitator|
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Parent Education Program
The Office of the Family Law Facilitator is staffed by attorneys who work for the Superior Court. They help you to understand your options and to better represent yourself in family law matters. Services are FREE. They never become your attorney as they can help either side in a case. If you need to go to court, you will be in court by yourself to present your case. (Don’t worry—many people are self-represented in family law and are able to do this.) If you want legal advice on case strategy, you should speak with your own private attorney.
WHAT KINDS OF ISSUES CAN I TALK ABOUT WITH A FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR?
You can get help with the following issue areas:
WITH WHAT KIND OF CASES CAN A FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR HELP ME?
The Office of the Family Law Facilitator can help you in the following types of cases:
THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR CAN HELP YOU IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS IN YOUR FAMILY LAW CASE:
NOTE: The Office of the Family Law Facilitator does NOT help with guardianship or adoption cases or the application for a domestic violence restraining order. For all these matters, you will be referred to the Legal Resource Center (located in the court house) or to the Legal Aid Foundation, Inc. A Family Law Facilitator also does not handle any appeals.
DOES THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR ACT AS MY ATTORNEY?
No. If you work with the Family Law Facilitator, you are responsible for processing your own case. The goal of the Facilitator is to help you to better represent yourself. The Family Law Facilitator is not your attorney. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and the Family Law Facilitator. The Facilitator can equally help you and the other party (for example, your former spouse, the parent of your child, etc.). Anyone is welcome to ask for help from the Facilitator.
When you speak with the Family Law Facilitator, your conversation is NOT private or confidential. As a policy the facilitator does not want to talk about your case with anyone. If the facilitator is subpoenaed to court, however, there is no attorney-client privilege that would protect your conversation and make it confidential.
HOW IS THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR ABLE TO HELP ME?The Facilitator can help you to:
WHERE CAN I GO FOR HELP FROM THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR?
We have offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.
I. SANTA BARBARA (Anacapa Division): Serving all of South County
II. SANTA MARIA (Cook Division): Serving all of North County
WHAT DOES IT COST?
ALL SERVICES AND CLASSES ARE FREE.
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