Self Help

The mission of the Self Help Plus Program is to provide guidance though a sometimes overwhelming legal system. For those who need legal assistance, but cannot afford expensive retainer fees or the hourly fees attorneys often charge, this program provides a much-needed service.

Who We Serve

Self Help Plus (SHP) helps low-income people that represent themselves in uncontested family law actions.

What We Do

The SHP Program assists clients with cases in the following areas:

  • Non-contested marriage dissolutions (divorces that are agreed or in which the other party will not respond)
  • Establishment of a parenting plan and child support in non-contested cases when the father has already been determined

The SHP Program completes all of the legal paperwork, so clients are relieved of the pressure of having to complete documents on their own. We are here to instruct clients about the legal process, inform clients of their rights and responsibilities, and to assist with the paperwork. We are available throughout the legal process to address any questions or concerns about the court process.

We Do Not

  • Represent clients in court
  • Assist with contested marriage dissolutions (divorces)
  • Assist with parenting plan modifications (cases where there is already a parenting plan)
  • Assist with back child support owed

How To Reach Services

Clients can reach the SHP Program at (206) 267-7080 for more information and to request an application. If a client prefers to come to the office, the address is 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101. Applications for the program can be requested by telephone, email, in person at the reception desk, or by clicking the links below.

Applications available here (Documents in PDF format):

How To Prepare

  • Request and complete an application for the program.
  • Submit the application to the program 
  • Gather any family law documents – including protection order, restraining order or any paternity paperwork.
  • Bring all documents to the first appointment.

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  1. Decide on the desired outcome or goal.
  2. Schedule an appointment at a Neighborhood Legal Clinic.
  3. Write a list of specific questions for the attorney.
  4. Bring to the clinic appointment:
    • Agreements or contracts (signed or proposed)
    • Written rules or policies
    • Court orders
    • Court papers served on you or that you filed with the court
    • All letters or emails to and from person or business with whom you have the disagreement
    • Specific paperwork related to the case. For example, employee handbook, parenting plan, child support order, protection order, lease, rental agreement
  5. Organize any paperwork from most recent on the top to oldest at the bottom.
  6. Identify all deadlines.
  7. Tell the legal clinic volunteer about these deadlines.
  8. Remember you only have 30 minutes. Be prepared to tell the history of the legal issue to the legal clinic volunteer.
  9. If your legal issue is vacating your criminal record please bring your Washington Access to Criminal History report.

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