You may email us for general information and form requests, however we do not review forms via email or review individual cases to provide specific information via email.

We strive to answer all emails by close of business on the next court day, however it may sometimes take longer.

Do not submit questions about legal issues that need to be handled immediately. Other issues, even though they are not emergencies, may be time-sensitive.

Your legal rights may “expire” while you are waiting for an answer from the Self-Help Center.

If you are unsure, it is a good idea to visit the Self-Help Center in person or contact an attorney who can advise you.

Staff at the Self-Help Center cannot give you legal advice, only legal information or referrals to other resources that may be able to help you.

How is legal advice different from legal information? Legal information is a statement of what the law or legal process is, leaving up to you the decision of how to proceed. Legal advice tells you how you should proceed.

Please use the email links below to contact the Self-Help Center for assistance with the following legal forms and legal process questions.

Family Law
selfhelp@mercedcourt.org

General family law questions including: child custody, visitation, dissolution, legal separation, nullity, and establishment of paternity, form requests and general questions about forms and procedure.

Child Support/DCSS
selfhelp@mercedcourt.org

General child support questions, form requests and general questions about forms and procedure.

Restraining Orders
selfhelp@mercedcourt.org

General questions regarding domestic violence restraining orders, civil harassment restraining orders, and elder abuse restraining orders including what type of order to file, form requests and procedural questions.

Guardianship
selfhelp@mercedcourt.org

General guardianship questions, form requests and general questions about forms and procedure.

Small Claims
smallclaims.advisor@mercedcourt.org

General small claims questions, form requests and general questions about forms and procedure.

Eviction/Unlawful Detainer
selfhelp@mercedcourt.org

General landlord/tenant questions, form requests and general questions about forms and procedure.

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