Access Center

Access Center
Self-Help services for family law matters and certain civil cases are available for self-represented court customers who seek legal information and resources.

Our Services Included: Divorce, Paternity, Child Support, Spousal Support, GuardianShip, Conservatorship, Request for Order.
« No Attorney-Client relationship exist between Access Center personnel and litigant.

« Legal information is given, but not legal advice.

Since there is no attorney-client relationship, communications between litigants and attorneys, staff or volunteers are not privileged and:

« Access Center staff may provide services to the other party.

« Services are not intended to give one side of a case an advantage over the other.
Walk-Ins & Workshop Services

Walk-Ins are "first come, first served" until capacity is filled.

Workshops are by appointment (in person or via email)

Workshop Reservation System
The Family Law Facilitator's Office offers the following workshops by appointment only: Dissolution, Guardianship/Conservatorship, Judgment Appointments, Request for Order.
Create Reservation
LawHelp Interactive Programs/HotDocs
Law Help Interactive helps you fill out legal forms. Answer a series of questions and print your legal forms. The forms are free and have been created by nonprofit legal aid programs and courts.
Divorce Starter Kit Program
This program can be used to start the dissolution process before you come to the self-help center.

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Dissolution Petition and Disclosures
This program completes the dissolution petition and disclosures.

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California Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order
This program does not include information or forms regarding notice of the TRO hearing.

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California Response to Request for Domestic Violence Order
This program includes the forms needed to respond to request for a domestic violence order.

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Guardianship Program
This program will assist proposed guardians to present a complete petition for guardianship for up to five children and includes a fee waiver petition.

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Limited Conservatorship Program
This program will assist to complete conservatorship forms.

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Online Conservatorship Training
This online course is required to become a Conservator. For a Spanish course please call: 760-482-2240

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Fee Waiver Request-Guardianship/Conservatorship
This is a standalone fee waiver request for guardianship and conservatorship matters, and can be used when a guardian or conservator represents a ward or conservatee in a civil matter.

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Name Change Petition
This program will assist to begin the process of name change petition.

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Schedule for Self-Help Legal Access Center
Day of the Week
General Services
Specialty Services
Walks - Ins
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Small Claims 8:00-10:00 AM
Walks - Ins
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Request for Order Workshop
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
English and Spanish
Walks - Ins
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Small Claims 8:00-10:00 AM
Dissolution Workshop
1:00 PM in English
Walks - Ins
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Small Claims 8:00-10:00 AM
9:00 AM and 1:30 PM
English and Spanish
Walk - Ins
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Small Claims 8:00-10:00AM
Judgment Appointments
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
English and Spanish
Walk - Ins
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Small Claims 2:00-4:00 PM
Dissolution Workshop
1:00 PM in Spanish


Please have your Case Number with you at all times, if you have one.

Please bring:

A copy of all your court cases.

Pay stubs for last 90 days and last two years of tax returns.

How can I obtain mediation services?

Referral to mediation services requires a court order made by a judge. The order may be made either before or after a court hearing. You can also obtain a mediation appointment by filing local form FL-05 Stipulation for Mediation if you and the other party agree to do so.

Mediation Brochure (ENG)

Mediation Brochure (SPA)

No Minors Allowed

« Only adults 18 years of age and older are allowed in the Access Center unless the minor is opening own case.

Location and Hours

939 West Main Street, Lower Level

El Centro, CA 92243

Phone: 760-482-2233 (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM)


Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM

*Closed on Court Holidays

Resources for Parents with Children

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El Centro Courthouse
(760) 482-2200
939 West Main Street
El Centro, CA. 92243
8:00am to 4:00pm Mon-Fri
TTY-TDD (760) 352-3492
Family Law Self Help : (760) 482-2233
Small Claim Info : (760) 482-2238
Jury Commissioners : (760) 482-2259
Jury Duty Recording : (760) 482-2260
Law Library : (760) 482-2271
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Valley Plaza Infractions Court
1625 Main Street
El Centro, CA. 92243
8:00am to 4:00pm Mon-Fri
Traffic : Fax (760) 336-3598
Call Center :Ph. (760) 336-3500
Call Center :Fax (760) 336-3599
Collections : (760) 336-3510
Accounting/Finance : (760) 336-3515
Human Resources : (760) 336-3530
Criminal Fax (760) 336-3593
Jury Fax (760) 336-3590
Winterhaven Court
(760) 336-3500
2124 Winterhaven Dr.
Winterhaven CA. 92283
9:00am to 3:00pm Tue-Wed-Thurs
Court Closed Mondays and Fridays
Brawley Courthouse
(760) 336-3550
220 Main Street
Brawley, CA. 92227
8:00am to 4:00pm Mon-Fri