California Family Law Facilitators
HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer
In California, a “Family Law Facilitator” (FLF) is a lawyer who is experienced in Family Law and works for the court in order to help parents and children on Family Court issues. Every county provides one or more FLFs, who provide certain free services to anyone – regardless of income - who does not have his/her own attorney and needs help with Family Court matters. Every FLF: provides educational materials about paternity and support for children, spouses or partners; provides required court forms and can help you complete them; can assist in calculating the amount(s) of support; and refer to agencies that assist parents and children. Depending on the county, some FLFs can help with additional Family Law matters such as divorce, custody and domestic violence. FLFs for your county can be found either by asking the court clerk or by checking here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-facilitators.htm
While the FLF’s assistance is valuable, certain facts should be kept in mind. The FLF is a lawyer who works for the court, which has several effects: he/she is not your lawyer; you can use the FLF’s expertise but so can your opponent; you cannot rely on attorney-client confidentiality (privacy); if you have your own lawyer, you cannot use the Family Law Facilitator because his/her services are designated only for unrepresented people.
DO’S AND DON’TS
DO find Family Law Facilitators for your county by asking the court clerk or by checking here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-facilitators.htm
DON’T seek assistance from an FLF if you are represented by your own attorney in your Family Court case.
DO seek free assistance from an FLF if you are not represented by an attorney and need help with your Family Court case, regardless of your income.
DO understand that the FLF works for the court and:
a. is not your lawyer;
b. can also be used by your opponent;
c. is not bound by attorney-client confidentiality (privacy.
By Kathy Catanzarite
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FAMILY LAW DOS AND DON'TS