Self Help

Self Help Resources

California Courts Online Self-Help Center

This Web site will help you find assistance and information, work better with an attorney, and represent yourself in some legal matters.

Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California

Este sitio Web le ayudará a encontrar ayuda e información, trabajar mejor con un abogado y en algunos asuntos legales le ayudará a representarse a sí mismo.


The following links provide very general instructions.  There may be additional requirements or procedures to follow for the court you are filing in.


Fee Waiver Step by Step Guide: 


POS-Mail Step by Step Guide:


Personal Service:


Stepparent Adoption:


Screen cast How to Serve Court Papers by Mail:


Personal Service of Court Papers


Contra Costa Self Help audio-visual forms


Guide to Separation and Divorce (sections for kids, teens and parents):
Interactive website just for kids:
You can also access these sites through the California Courts Self Help Center at: or
In Spanish: