What is SHARP?
SHARP (Self Help and Referral Program) is a Self Help center that provides general assistance to people who do not have attorneys. Assistance is provided in the areas of family law, guardianships, evictions, small claims, name changes, guardianship, and restraining orders.
This program provides assistance to all parties in a case; SHARP assistance providers, although operating under the supervision of an attorney, do not give legal advice. They provide help with forms, legal information and education, NOT legal strategy and/or advice. Program staff will provide information about procedure, substantive law and choices that litigants may have, allowing people to make informed decisions about their case.
Where are the SHARP offices located?
SHARP offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:
|Oroville SHARP Facility||Chico SHARP Facility|
|1 Court Street||1775 Concord Avenue|
|Oroville, CA 95965||Chico, CA 95928|
|View Map||View Map|
|(530) 532-7015||(530) 532-7024|
|Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.||Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday - Friday
||Monday - Friday
What types of services are available at SHARP?
Is there a fee for using the Self-Help Information Centers?
- Workshops (by appointment):
|Workshop Type||Description of Information Covered||Form Packet Needed|
(available at courthouses)
|Dissolution of Marriage or Domestic Partnership
- Legal Separation
- Summary Dissolution
Disso I Workshop
To prepare to file for divorce, legal separation or annulment
Disso II Workshop
For litigants who have already filed or been served a petition and are progressing through the dissolution process
For litigants who have been married less than 5 years, have no children, and have limited debts and assets.
Disso I Workshop: Dissolution or Response Forms
Summary Dissolution Workshop: Summary Dissolution
|Parentage and Custody/Support
||Establish parentage, open a child custody/support case; calculate child support, or respond to a Parentage or Custody/Support case
Petition to Establish Custody and Support
or Response Forms
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
|Establish or modify orders (custody, visitation, support, etc.) in any already existing Family Law case; calculate child support, or to respond to a Request for Orders
||Request for Orders or
|Response to Department of Child Support Services Case
||All DCSS issues, cases, responses, support modifications, health care and child care orders
||Forms included in documents from DCSS or available from DCSS
||General guardianships of minors only (no conservatorships or estates); SHARP cannot assist in cases in which Juvenile Dependency Court or Child Protective Services has an open case
|Unlawful Detainers and Responses
||Unlawful Detainers and Responses
||Unlawful Detainer or
|Domestic Violence Restraining Order
Civil Harassment Restraining Order
Elder Abuse Restraining Order
or Response Forms
|Small Claims (limited)
||SHARP assists only with the initial filing; call Small Claims Advisor for additional help
||Adult or child name changes
- Self-Help Publications – covering various areas of law are available for public use while visiting the Self-Help Information Center. Subjects include divorce, grandparent rights, landlord rights, tenant rights, small claims and other topics.
- Information Sheets – providing general and specific information on a variety of topics are also available.
There is no fee for any assistance provided. However, you may need to pay for copies, and court filing fees at the Clerk's office.
Individual legal forms are available at SHARP. Complete Form packets are available at each courthouse.