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Family Law - Facilitator

Available for Nevada and Sierra Counties

Superior Court
201 Church Street, Suite 10, Nevada City, Ca 95959
Phone # 530-470-2567 fax 530-478-1946

  • Helping you help yourself with family law issues through the use of our self-help library, books, videos, forms and information
  • Mediating child and spousal support issues between you and your former partner
  • Calculating guideline child and spousal support
  • Answering child and spousal support related questions
  • Communicating with the department of child support services where appropriate
  • Mediating other family law issues by referral from the court

There is NO CHARGE for services.

The Family Law Facilitator is an attorney available to help all parents/parties, who are not represented by attorneys, and who have questions concerning family law matters, such as issues about child support, spousal support, health insurance, paternity and the visitation process, and community resources to help families. The Facilitator can help you in preparing your own forms and can give you general information. The Facilitator cannot go with you to court.

The Facilitator is not your lawyer, but is a neutral person who does not represent any parent/party. No Attorney-client relationship is created between the Facilitator and a person using the Facilitator's services. The Facilitator is available to see both parents/parties who have questions concerning family law matters. There is no confidentiality created between the Facilitator and a person using these services. You should consult with your own attorney if you want personalized advice or strategy, to have a confidential conversation, or to be represented by an attorney in court.

The Family Law Facilitator is not responsible for the outcome of your case.

The Family Law Facilitator is usually available in court to answer your questions and to help you understand the process.


The Family Law Facilitator is available in Nevada City, Truckee, Downieville and Loyalton at various times throughout each month. Please call 530-470-2567
to schedule an appointment.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative to resolving your child and spousal related issues in court. 

Mediation is a cooperative problem solving process between the parties, with the assistant of a trained mediator. 

Mediation is not therapy. The goal of mediation is to help you and your former partner come up with a plan designed to meet your families' support needs without going to court. If you both agree, Ms. Serrata can mediate child or spousal support and related issues with you. Agreements reached through mediation are reduced to writing and will become a court order. With a mediated agreement, the parties need not appear in court. Often the parties generally need only submit an agreement to the court for the Judge's signature and filing. 

One of the most important benefits of mediation is that an agreement reached in mediation is more likely to be honored by the parties and reduces the likelihood of litigation in the future.

For more Family Law Information please visit these websites:

•  Forms

•  Center for Families Children & the Courts (CFCC)

•  CFCC page re: AB 1058 program

•  California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS)

•  Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services
(Serving both Nevada and Sierra Counties)

•  Sierra County government contacts

•  Law Library