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Temporary Reduction in Clerk's Office & Phone Hours:

Effective 01/27/2022, all Clerk’s Office and phone hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  More Information

COVID-19 and Court Operations:

The El Dorado County Superior Court has modified existing pandemic precautions and procedures to comply with new state and federal health and safety regulations.  More Information

Workshops & Family Law Facilitator

Family Law Facilitator Information

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.

The Family Law Facilitator is an attorney available to provide procedural assistance to people who are representing themselves in Family Court. You may seek free assistance with issues related to:

  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Parentage
  • Divorce
  • Property Division
  • Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders
  • Other Family Law Matters

Placerville Family Law Facilitator

***** THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR IS CURRENTLY OUT OF THE OFFICE UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE*****

Michael Friel
Family Law Facilitator
495 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: (530) 621-5098
selfhelp@eldoradocourt.org

Family Law Facilitator Monthly Schedule

Self-Help Assistance and Referral Program

The El Dorado County Superior Court Self-Help Center partners with SHARP to allow self-represented parties to participate in remotely conducted workshops for: 

  • Filing for Divorce/Separation/Nullity
Register for SHARP Online Workshops: 

You can view and register for workshops by visiting the SHARP website at: https://sharpcourts.org/events/

El Dorado County Superior Court Workshops

The Family Law Facilitator offers workshops online through ZOOM on the following topics:

Workshop dates and times are noted on the Family Law Facilitator Monthly Schedule

Register for a Family Law Facilitator Online Workshop:

Email selfhelp@eldoradocourt.org and provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Case Number
  • Phone Number
  • Title, date and time of workshop you will be attending

After registration is complete, participants will receive the ZOOM meeting id and passcode, along with workshop instructions. Participants must have access to the internet, preferably through a computer or tablet with a screen size sufficient to see the forms being referenced by the presenter.

Self-represented litigants may seek free assistance from the Family Law Facilitator by email or phone during scheduled times. Voicemail messages and/or emails will be returned, and calls will be answered, on a first come first serve basis during the call-in times listed in the monthly schedule found at:
Family Law Facilitator Monthly Schedule
Email:selfhelp@eldoradocourt.org
Phone:(530) 621-5098

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change without prior notice. Please be sure to include your name, phone number, and case number (if you have one) with your request.

Individuals needing help with starting a divorce, legal separation, or nullity case may register for the SHARP workshops described above.

If you would like your forms reviewed by the Family Law Facilitator prior to filing your documents with the Court, you may submit your completed forms to the Facilitator for review in one of the following ways:
Email: selfhelp@eldoradocourt.org
Mail or Drop Box: Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so your documents may be returned to you after review.

Office of the Family Law Facilitator
El Dorado Superior Court
495 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667

*Please Note: The Family Law Facilitator does not file your documents for you. 

Once your forms have been reviewed and returned to you, you will need to submit the original and at least two copies, along with the required filing fee or a completed fee waiver application, to the Clerk of the Court for filing. You will also need to provide a paid postage, self-addressed envelope to allow the Court Clerk to return your copies.

Self-represented individuals may seek free assistance with civil matters such as small claims, unlawful detainers, name changes, landlord-tenant and civil harassment restraining orders through the Court’s Office of the Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help Center located at the Main Street Branch, 495 Main Street Placerville, CA 95667. 

Before visiting in person, please check the Family Law Facilitator Monthly Schedule for walk-in clinic and call-in hours.
Email: selfhelp@eldoradocourt.org
Phone: (530) 621-5098

South Lake Tahoe Family Law Facilitator

Jody L. Schutz
Paralegal
1354 Johnson Blvd., 1st Floor (Next to Department 12)
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 573-3066
sltselfhelp@eldoradocourt.org 

Family Law Facilitator Monthly Schedule

Self-Help Assistance and Referral Program

The El Dorado County Superior Court Self-Help Center partners with SHARP to allow self-represented parties to participate in remotely conducted workshops for:

  • Filing for Divorce/Separation/Nullity
Register for SHARP Online Workshops: 

You can view and register for workshops by visiting the SHARP website at: https://sharpcourts.org/events/

El Dorado County Superior Court Workshops

The Family Law Facilitator offers workshops online through ZOOM on the following topics:

Zoom workshop dates and times are noted on the Placerville Family Law Facilitator Monthly Schedule

In-person workshop dates and times are noted on the South Lake Tahoe Family Law Facilitator Monthly Schedule

Register for a Family Law Facilitator Online Workshop:

Email selfhelp@eldoradocourt.org and provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Case Number
  • Phone Number
  • Title, date and time of workshop you will be attending

After registration is complete, participants will receive the ZOOM meeting id and passcode, along with workshop instructions. Participants must have access to the internet, preferably through a computer or tablet with a screen size sufficient to see the forms being referenced by the presenter.

Self-represented litigants may seek free assistance from the Family Law Facilitator by email or phone during scheduled times. Voicemail messages and/or emails will be returned, and calls will be answered, on a first come first serve basis during the call-in times listed in the monthly schedule found at:
Family Law Facilitator Monthly Schedule
Email: sltselfhelp@eldoradocourt.org
Phone: (530) 573-3066

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change without prior notice. Please be sure to include your name, phone number, and case number (if you have one) with your request.

Individuals needing help with starting a divorce, legal separation, or nullity case may register for the SHARP workshops described above.

If you would like your forms reviewed by the Family Law Facilitator prior to filing your documents with the Court, you may submit your completed forms to the Facilitator for review in one of the following ways:
Email: sltselfhelp@eldoradocourt.org
Mail or Drop Box: Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so your documents may be returned to you after review.
Office of the Family Law Facilitator
El Dorado Superior Court
1354 Johnson Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

*Please Note: The Family Law Facilitator's Office does not file your documents for you. 

Once your forms have been reviewed and returned to you, you will need to submit the original and at least two copies, along with the required filing fee or a completed fee waiver application, to the Clerk of the Court for filing. You will also need to provide a paid postage, self-addressed envelope to allow the Court Clerk to return your copies.

Self-represented individuals may seek free assistance with civil matters such as small claims, unlawful detainers, name changes, landlord-tenant and civil harassment restraining orders through the Court’s Office of the Family Law Facilitator/Self-Help Center located at the Main Street Branch, 495 Main Street Placerville, CA 95667. 

Before visiting in person, please check the Placerville Family Law Facilitator Monthly Schedule for walk-in clinic and call-in hours.
Email: selfhelp@eldoradocourt.org
Phone: (530) 621-5098

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