Self-Help

Self-Help Assistance & Referral Program (SHARP)

The Self-Help Assistance and Referral Program (SHARP) provides assistance and referrals for all areas of Family Law, including Divorce, Child Custody and visitation, Establishment of Paternity, Step Parent Adoptions, and Guardianships.  In addition, the Self-Help program can assist self-represented litigants with a variety of other legal issues.

        Self Help Assistance & Referral Program
        1740 Walnut Street
        Red Bluff, CA 96080
        https://sharpcourts.org/

        Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
        8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

        Phone: (530) 527-8649

The self-help center staff does not give legal advice such as one would obtain from private counsel. There is no confidential attorney-client relationship between attorneys at the center and the self represented litigants who seek legal information. The staff will provide information about procedure; substantive law and choices litigants may have, thereby allowing people to make informed decisions about their cases. Staff can assist litigants in completing their legal forms by explaining what information is being sought.

Mission: Serving the Public

  • Special consideration is given to making the Self Help Center “user friendly” to everyone, regardless of language or ability.
  • Many of the resource materials will be available in Spanish.
  • The Self Help Center sites provide community based referrals to agencies and non-profit organizations to further help people access the assistance they may need.

The Self-Help program can assist self-represented litigants with a variety of legal issues, including:

  • Child Support
  • Order to Show CauseChild Custody & Visitation
    • Contempt
    • Modification/Changes to
    • Existing Orders
  • Notice of Motion
    • Set Aside Voluntary Declaration of Paternity
    • Set Aside Default Paternity
  • Paternity/Parentage
  • Name Change of
    • Child(ren)
    • Self (adult)
  • Stipulated Judgments
  • Responses
    • Dissolutions
    • Paternity
    • Order to Show Cause
    • Notice of Motion
  • Simplified Financial Statements
  • Judgments (Default, Uncontested, Contested, Stipulated)

  • Dissolution/Legal Separation/Annulments
  • Summary Dissolution
    • Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Children
  • Disclosure Documents (Dissolution)
  • Judgments (Contested/Uncontested)
  • Small Claims (Plaintiff and Defendant)
  • Restraining Orders (and responses)
    • Civil Harassment
    • Domestic Violence
    • Elder Abuse/Workplace Violence
  • Evictions/Unlawful Detainer (Tenant and Landlord)
  • Bifurcation of Marital Status
  • Set aside of default (family law matters)
  • Change of venue
  • Expungement
  • Procedural information about court and forms
  • Income and Expense Declarations
  • Stipulations
  • Guardianship/Guardianship Terminations (Probate)
    • Special workshops for grandparents and elderly
    • Alternatives to Guardianship
  • Step parent adoptions (with signed, uncontested consent of biological parent)
  • Emancipation (of Minor)

Assistance is provided through workshops and individual appointments. Please call for an appointment.

The SHARP Program provides several services in the family law area that are not offered by the Family Law Facilitator's Office. These services include the following:

  • Providing assistance to the parties in finalizing their divorce (obtaining a final judgment);
  • Providing assistance to parties in initiating and responding to Orders to Show Cause and Notice of Motion for issues other than child and spousal support (How to get interim orders for control of property, use of vehicles, assignment of responsibility for the payment of debts, etc.);
  • Providing assistance to parties in initiating and responding to Change of Venue Motions;
  • Providing information to parties on how to proceed with summary dissolution (How to obtain an uncontested divorce);
  • Providing assistance to parties in initiating and responding to domestic violence restraining orders.
  • Providing assistance to all parties in the preparation of all documents involved in guardianships.
  • Providing assistance to parties in initiating and responding to injunctions prohibiting harassment (civil harassment).
Do you need assistance with something else? Please call us for a free referral to another agency/person that may be able to assist you!

You DO NOT need to be a resident of Glenn, Butte, or Tehama County to receive help from our Self Help Centers.  We assist anyone with the above types of legal issues.

Family Law Facilitator

The Family Law Facilitator provides assistance with child support and spousal support.

Services include the following:

  • Providing educational materials to parents concerning the court process of establishing parentage and establishing, modifying and enforcing child and spousal support;
  • Distributing necessary court forms and voluntary declarations of paternity, assistance in completing the forms;
  • Preparing support schedules based upon statutory guidelines;
  • Providing referrals to the local child support agency, family court services and other community resources that provide services for parents and children; and
  • Providing assistance on child support issues.

SHARP

SHARP: Self-Help Assistance and Referral Program

Red Bluff
1740 Walnut Street
Red Bluff, CA  96080
Phone: (530) 527-8649

North Butte County Courthouse
1775 Concord Ave., Chico
Hours: Mon-Fri - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (530) 532-7024

Butte County Courthouse
One Court St., Oroville, CA
Hours: Mon-Fri - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (530) 532-7015

Glenn County Self-Help Center
119 North Butte St.
Willows, CA 95988
Hours: Monday-Thurs 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
(530) 934-7114

Lake County Self-Help Center
7000-A South Center Dr., Clearlake, CA
Hours: Mon, Tues - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Wed - 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Phone- (707) 994-6598 x3

Family Facilitators

Tehama County
Isabel Klopchic, Facilitator
(530) 529-6116

Butte County
Melanie Snider, Facilitator
Phone: (530) 532-7004

Lake County
(707) 263-9024