Self-Help Center

Monterey County Superior Court Self-Help Center

The Self-Help Center provides information and explains options to self-represented litigants. The Self-Help Center does not represent parties or give legal advice.

For additional help after reviewing this website, you can:

  • Visit the Self-Help Center office in Monterey Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Tuesday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • In Salinas on Mondays and Fridays only, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; CLOSED on the fourth Friday of each Month;
  • In Greenfield on the 4th Friday of each month from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Monterey Self-Help Center

First Floor of the Monterey Courthouse
1200 Aguajito Road
Monterey, CA 93940

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

(831) 647-5800 ext. 3005

Salinas Self-Help Center

118 West Gabilan Street
Salinas, CA 93901

CLOSED on the fourth Friday of each Month
Mondays and Fridays only
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

(831) 647-5800 ext. 3005

Greenfield Self-Help Center

Greenfield Civic Center
599 El Camino Real
Greenfield CA 93927

4th Friday of Month Only
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

(831) 647-5800 ext. 3005

Meet the staff

Peggy Hill is a California attorney and has been the Family Law Facilitator in Monterey since April of 2007. She was a family law attorney for 24 years before coming to the Facilitator’s office. She graduated from UC Berkeley and Boalt Hall School of Law.

Maria L. Mendoza is the staff attorney for the Self-Help Center at the Monterey County Superior Court. Ms. Mendoza previously worked for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) for 7 years. She graduated from UC Irvine with a BA degree, and obtained her law degree from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.


  • Visit the Self-Help Center to get information on workshops on family law topics, such as divorce and child support, visitation and custody issues.

The Self-Help Center can help you with:

  • Child Support Issues
  • Paternity Issues, including Set Aside Motion
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Spousal Support
  • Dissolutions (Divorce)
  • Legal Separation/Annulment
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Elder Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Civil Harassment
  • Probate Guardianships
  • Unlawful Detainers and Answers (Landlord/Tenant Issues)
  • Referrals to Small Claims Advisors
  • Monterey County Bar Association referrals
  • Referrals to other community resources
  • Small Claims forms
  • Limited Conservatorships

The Self-Help Center cannot help you with:

  • Criminal matters of any type
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes for Section 8 Housing or other situations
  • Immigration
  • Juvenile Court matters (Juvenile Justice, dependency-including CPS matters)
  • Traffic
  • Probate matters (such as wills, trusts and conservatorships)
  • Dismissing Criminal Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Most General Civil Litigation
  • Workers’ Compensation


State forms are on the Judicial Council website and local forms are on the Court's main website.

Legal Advice

Information is available at the State Court Self-Help Site ( You can obtain a referral to a lawyer or legal aid group from the local bar association. The Self-Help Center can assist you with identifying the forms you need to file, review your completed forms for accuracy, and answer questions about the legal process.

You can get more help at these websites: