Community and Online Resources
Family Law Alternative Resolution Program (FLARe) - Contra Costa Bar Association Family Law Mediation Lawyer Referral Service
The FLARe mediation panel of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service provides a 90 minute mediation session, a 30 minute joint pre-mediation orientation appointment, or a 30 minute individual mediation information appointment, all at low cost. Issues related to all aspects of divorce, child custody, child support, and guardianship of children may be mediated in this program. For more information, click here.
Virtual Self-Help Law Center - Contra Costa Superior Court
This website gives information on court procedures, court forms, and free workshops for Family Law, Domestic Violence, Guardianship, Eviction (Residential), Small Claims, and Traffic Court cases filed in the Contra Costa Superior Court system. For more information, click here.
How to Start Your Divorce or How to Finish Your Divorce- Free Workshops - Contra Costa County
Two free workshops, “How to Start Your Divorce” and “How to Finish Your Divorce” for self-represented people without lawyers, are jointly produced by the Contra Costa Superior Court Family Law Facilitator’s Office and the Contra Costa Bar Association Family Law Section. For more information, click here.
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders - Free Workshop - Contra Costa County
This website shows the times and dates of free domestic violence restraining order workshops in Richmond (West Contra Costa County) and Pittsburg (East Contra Costa County); And it gives the telephone number to call to sign up for the by-appointment-only free workshop in Central Contra Costa County. For more information, click here.
Guardianship of Children - Free Workshop - Contra Costa County
This website shows the times and dates for free workshops on how to file for guardianship of children. The workshops are located in Richmond (West Contra Costa County), Pittsburg (East Contra Costa County), and Martinez (Central Contra Costa County). Do not drop in without having pre-registered. The website gives the telephone number and/or email address to sign-up in advance in order to be admitted. For more information, click here.
Online Family Law Pamphlets - California State Bar Association
This website contains four free online pamphets: (1) “What Should I Know About Divorce and Custody”; (2) “Can the Law Help Protect Me From Domestic Violence?”; (3) “Kids and the Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents”; and (4) “How Can I Find the Right Lawyer?”. For more information, click here.
Family Law Information- The Judicial Council of California
This website gives free information on: (1) Basics of divorce, legal separation and annulment; (2) Filing for divorce or legal separation; (3) Responding to a divorce or legal separation; (4) Completing a divorce or legal separation; (5) Summary Dissolution; (6) Annulment; (7) Spousal/Partner support; (8) Separation; (9) Child custody and visitation; (10) Child support; (11) Property and debt during a divorce or legal separation; (12) Collecting your family law money judgment; (13) Forms; (14) Frequently asked questions; and (15) Covered California (health insurance). For more information, click here.