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Family Law Facilitator
What is the Office of the Family Law Facilitator?

The Office of the Family Law Facilitator assists parties with child support, spousal support and health insurance issues. The staff consists of attorneys and paralegals, which will provide educational workshops or meet with parties individually when appropriate to attempt to resolve their support issues. The staff does not give legal advice nor does it represent a particular party in an action. There is no confidentiality nor attorney-client relationship created or intended between the office and a party.
Each day, the office serves parties referred by the courts, parties through appointments at most court locations, and, if time permits, walk-in parties. The office does not provide assistance over the telephone other than to make appointments or to answer general questions. Calls to any Facilitator Office should be made between 8:00-9:00 a.m.
The Office of the Family Law Facilitator does not charge for its services nor does it accept contributions.
What are the Office Hours and Locations?

Hours and days of service vary at each office so please call the office before going to the court.
To find a Family Law Facilitator, go to the list of Family Law Facilitator Service Locations.
What Does the Family Law Facilitator Do?

The Office of the Family Law Facilitator provides the following assistance:
  • Explains the process of establishing paternity
  • Educates and assists parties to prepare Requests for Orders and Responses to:
    • Establish, modify or terminate a child support
    • Establish, modify or terminate spousal support
    • Establish, modify or terminate health insurance order
    • Determine arrears
    • Release licenses
    • Establish repayment plans
    • Seek reimbursement for overpayments
    • Quash or modify wage assignment orders
  • Provides information and prepares draft calculations of support amounts based on statutory guidelines
  • Provides referrals to the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department, Family Court Services and other community agencies
  • Educates and assists parties to prepare stipulations for parties who agree to child support, spousal support or health insurance
  • Educates and assists parties to prepare answers to Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department complaints
  • Educates and assists parties to prepare motions to set aside in cases involving the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department
  • Educates and assists parties to prepare Orders After Hearing and Wage Assignment Orders in which child support, spousal support or health insurance are at issue in family law cases
  • Mediates child support, spousal support and health insurance issues between the parties
What Do You Need To Know and Bring to a Meeting with a Facilitator?

In order for the Office of the Family Law Facilitator to help you complete most court papers, you will need to provide the information and documents listed:
  • Pay stubs for the last three pay periods and information about any other income earned by the other party and you
  • A federal tax return for the last two years, including tax filing status for both parties
  • The location of the other party's job and the amount he or she earns monthly, if known
  • The location of the other party's residence, if known
  • The number of children not of this relationship living with and supported by the other party
  • Monthly living expenses, including housing, utilities, insurance, food, transportation, education and clothing
  • Names and ages of children of the relationship, and how much time each party spends with them each month
  • Any extraordinary expenses related to health care and catastrophic losses
  • Someone to translate if you do not speak English
 
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