Law Library & Self-Help Center
Family Division Self-Help Center
Program ManagerEmily Reed
LocationOne South Sierra, 1st floor
Reno, NV 89501
Hours of OperationMonday - Thursday : 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fridays : 8:00 am - 12 Noon
About Self-Help Center
The Self Help Center provides citizens of Washoe County with general information about court process and procedures, provides educational material and information regarding legal resources in the community, and creates packets and forms for divorce, legal separation, custody, motions, name changes, annulments and guardianships. Staff works directly with citizens in person or over the telephone. We are located in the Family Court building at 1 S. Sierra Street.
Notice Regarding Available Forms and Packets
The Self Help Center is operated by the Second Judicial District Court - Family Division. It is not affiliated with any other private or public law office/clinic or legal forms entity. The packets and forms available for downloading from this website may be used for individual application but are not to be used or copied for monetary gain or entrepreneurial purposes.
Many Self Help Center packets and forms are available for downloading from this website and are free of charge. You may purchase packets for $3.00 and forms for $1.00 at the Self Help Center, Law Library, or Filing Office.
Scope of Services
- Facilitating access to legal information and resources;
- Developing Family Court forms and packets for use by self represented litigants;
- Explaining Court process and procedures;
- Offering information regarding the filing and service of documents;
- Notarizing Family Division Self Help Center forms only;
- Making general information available about the Family Court and Nevada Law;
- Providing referrals to available legal resources and other appropriate services within the Court and community; and
- The Law Library and the Self Help Center can now assist our patrons in 240 different languages.
- Provide assistance with cases involving termination of parental rights;
- Provide assistance with cases involving adoption;
- Provide assistance with cases involving paternity;
- Provide legal advice or representation;
- Extend services to litigants who are represented by private counsel;
- Have ex parte access to judicial officers on behalf of self represented litigants;
- Offer services to litigants regarding Supreme Court appeals other than to direct them to the Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure;
- Refer self represented litigants directly to specific private attorneys;
- Mail or fax court forms or packets; or
- Evaluate cases or offer an opinion on what results can be expected.