Free resources are available to help you find legal information and learn how to represent yourself in some legal matters.
If you need legal advice you should consult with a lawyer. See the Lawyer Referral and Information Services.
The Family Law Center offers help with a number of civil issues, including:
- Divorce, Child Custody, and Spousal Support
- Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
- Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
- Start or Terminate a Guardianship
- Name Change / Gender Change
- Uncontested Step-Parent Adoption (Agreement By All Parents)
For information concerning the self-help resources provided by Madera Superior Court, please watch this informational video.
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.
If your case involves the local child support agency, or you have a referral from one of our judges or commissioners, you may call to schedule an appointment. Those only requiring single forms may receive them from this location during business hours. Form Packets are available from the Civil Division or on the Form Packets page. If you do not have an attorney or other qualified individual assisting you with the completion of your documents, you may contact the Self Help office, who may be able to assist you.
Information on Custody Issues Surrounding COVID-19
Call the Self-Help Center
Phone: (559) 416-5520
Fax: (559) 675-4947
Call Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Email the Self-Help Center
Please include you name, phone number, email, case number, if any, and a brief description of your question.