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How-To Guides

Our four Self-Help Legal Access Centers have how-to guides that show you how to fill out many of the civil court forms for Los Angeles Superior Court. Some how-to guides and forms are only available at the Self-Help Centers. Click here for locations.

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Family Law

Divorce

Divorce Default Judgment Request How-To Guide (English)
Divorce Default Judgment Request How-To Guide (Spanish)
Divorce Default Judgment Request Forms

Divorce Response with Children How-To Guide (English)
Divorce Response with Children How-To Guide (Spanish)
Divorce Response with Children Forms

Divorce Response Without Children How-To Guide (English)
Divorce Response Without Children How-To Guide (Spanish)
Divorce Response Without Children Forms

Divorce Property Disclosure How-To Guide (English)
Divorce Property Disclosure How-To Guide (Spanish)
Divorce Property Disclosure Forms

Family Law Trial Setting How-To Guide (English)
Family Law Trial Setting How-To Guide (Spanish)
Family Law Request for Trial Setting Video Tutorial
Family Law Trial Setting Forms

Request for Initial Orders How-To Guide (English)
Request for Initial Orders How-To Guide (Spanish)
Request for Initial Orders Forms

Request for Modification of Orders How-To Guide (English)
Request for Modification of Orders How-To Guide (Spanish)
Request for Modification of Orders Forms

Ex Parte (Emergency) Request for Orders How-To Guide (English)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Request for Orders How-To Guide (Spanish)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Request for Orders Forms

Response to Request for Orders How-To Guide (English)
Response to Request for Orders Forms

Request for Dismissal Video Tutorial
Request for Dismissal Video Tutorial (Spanish)

Paternity

Paternity Response How-To Guide (English)
Paternity Response How-To Guide (Spanish)
Paternity Response Forms

Paternity Default Judgment Request How-To Guide (English)
Paternity Default Judgment Request How-To Guide (Spanish)
Paternity Default Judgment Request Forms

Family Law Trial Setting How-To Guide (English)
Family Law Trial Setting How-To Guide (Spanish)
Family Law Request for Trial Setting Video Tutorial
Family Law Trial Setting Forms

Request for Initial Orders How-To Guide (English)
Request for Initial Orders How-To Guide (Spanish)
Request for Initial Orders Forms

Request for Modification of Orders How-To Guide (English)
Request for Modification of Orders How-To Guide (Spanish)
Request for Modification of Orders Forms

Ex Parte (Emergency) Request for Orders How-To Guide (English)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Request for Orders How-To Guide (Spanish)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Request for Orders Forms

Response to Request for Orders How-To Guide (English)
Response to Request for Orders Forms

Request for Dismissal Video Tutorial
Request for Dismissal Video Tutorial (Spanish)

Restraining Orders

Civil Harassment Request How-To Guide (English)
Civil Harassment Request How-To Guide (Spanish)
Civil Harassment Request Forms

Civil Harassment Response How-To Guide (English)
Civil Harassment Response How-To Guide (Spanish)
Civil Harassment Response Forms

Request for Sheriff to Serve How-To Guide (English)
Request for Sheriff to Serve How-To Guide (Spanish)
Request for Sheriff to Serve Court Papers Forms

Unlawful Detainer (Eviction)

Ex Parte (Emergency) Motion to Continue or Postpone Trial How-To Guide (English)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Motion to Continue or Postpone Trial How-To Guide (Spanish)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Motion to Continue or Postpone Trial Forms

Unlawful Detainer Ex Parte Motion For Additional Time to Relocate How-To Guide (English)
Unlawful Detainer Ex Parte Motion For Additional Time to Relocate Forms

Unlawful Detainer Ex Parte Application, Proposed Answer and Motion to Set Aside How-to Guide
Unlawful Detainer Ex Parte Application, Proposed Answer and Motion to Set Aside Forms

Unlawful Detainer Ex Parte Application and Motion to Set Aside How-to Guide
Unlawful Detainer Ex Parte Application and Motion to Set Aside Forms

Unlawful Detainer Answer How-To Guide (English)
Unlawful Detainer Answer How-To Guide (Spanish)
Unlawful Detainer Answer Forms

Unlawful Detainer General Denial How-To Guide (English)
Unlawful Detainer General Denial How-To Guide (Spanish)
Unlawful Detainer General Denial Answer Forms

Unlawful Detainer Answer Supplement (COVID-19 Related Financial Distress) How-To Guide
Unlawful Detainer Answer Supplement (COVID-19 Related Financial Distress) Forms

Unlawful Detainer Additional Resources (English)
Unlawful Detainer Additional Resources (Spanish)
Unlawful Detainer Additional Resources (Korean)

Eviction Defense: Court Processes and Resources

Tenant Harassment Resources

Name Change

Adult Name Change – How-To Guide
Adult Name Change – Forms

Adult Name and Gender Change – How-To Guide
Adult Name and Gender Change – Forms

Child Name Change, One Parent – How-To Guide
Child Name Change, One Parent – Forms

Child Name Change, Both Parents – How-To Guide
Child Name Change, Both Parents – Forms

Miscellaneous

Claim of Exemption – Bank Levy How-To Guide (English)
Claim of Exemption – Bank Levy How-To Guide (Spanish)
Claim of Exemption – Bank Levy Forms

Claim of Exemption – Wage Garnishment How-To Guide (English)
Claim of Exemption – Wage Garnishment How-To Guide (Spanish)
Claim of Exemption – Wage Garnishment Forms

Expungement – How-To Guide
Expungement – Forms

Fee Waiver How-To Guide (English)
Fee Waiver How-To Guide (Spanish)
Request to Waive Court Fees Video Tutorial
Request to Waive Additional Court Fees Video Tutorial
Order on Court Fee Waiver Video Tutorial
Fee Waiver Forms Packet

Self-Help Flier (English)
Self-Help Flier (Spanish)

Request for Sheriff to Serve How-To Guide (English)
Request for Sheriff to Serve How-To Guide (Spanish)
Request for Sheriff to Serve Court Papers Forms

Click here for Los Angeles Superior Court Forms

These guides are designed to help you fill out the forms yourself, and are not intended to provide legal advice nor strategy as to how to complete the case. The information provided in the guides only presents options and examples. This is not a substitute for professional legal advice from an attorney.