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  • Introduction to Family Law Video Series

    This is an introduction to a series of short videos discussing many topics important to people representing themselves in divorce and child custody cases. The videos cover what to expect at different stages of the case including procedures that you have to follow. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Marital Property

    This video tells you what is considered marital property and debt, and how it gets divided in a divorce. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Motion Practice - Deadlines

    There are certain deadlines for the steps in motion practice, and you must follow certain rules about mailings. This video goes over the deadlines for each step. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Motion Practice - Motion

    A motion is the paper you must file to ask the judge to order something or to take some other action. It is the first step in a three-step process called motion practice. This video covers the first step of the process, filing a motion. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Motion Practice - Opposition

    This video explains the second part of motion practice, where the person who has been served a copy of the original motion has the opportunity to respond. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Motion Practice - Reply

    This video review the third step in motion practice, the reply. A reply is not required, but the person who filed the motion (step 1) can reply to the opposition (step 2) if there is something in the opposition they want to respond to. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Options to Resolve your case

    This video talks about options to reach agreement without going to trial, including mediation and settlement conferences. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Serving the Other Side

    You will be submitting many documents to the court during your case. In general you must give a copy of each document to the other side – or his or her attorney. This is called "service of process." This video reviews how to properly serve the other side, as well as providing proof of service to the court. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Spousal Support (Alimony)

    Spousal support is when spouse pays money to the other spouse to assist that person to live. While it is not common for the court to award spousal support in a divorce case, this video reviews what types of support might be available and how to ask for it. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Standing Orders

    This video reviews standing orders, the first court order you will receive after you file your case. The standing order will be in effect until your case is completed. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • The Best Interests of the Child

    Whenever a court has to make a decision about custody or visitation with children, the legal standard they use is "the best interests of the child." Here you can find out what exactly a Judge is looking for in order to make their decision. Read More

  • We're splitting up, and I need a lawyer!

    Many people handle their divorce and custody disputes without an attorney, but when one side has decided to hire an attorney, there are several ways that the other side can level the playing field by hiring their own. Read More