Family Law

We hope you find the publications listed below to be helpful resources on legal issues. TYLA publications, however, should not be used as a substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you have any questions about the information provided or need advice on a specific matter, please consult an attorney.

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Juvenile Justice System: What You Need to Know
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Court Visitor Guide  
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  • Peace of Mind:  A Guide to Supporting Special Kids with Special Needs  
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    • Healing the WoundsNavigating the Legal System after Surviving Domestic Violence
      This video is intended to help domestic violence survivors learn what to expect when using the court system to obtain a protective order, a temporary restraining order, or a divorce.  Available in both English and Spanish, Healing the Wounds tells the story of "Melinda" as a way of demonstrating what types of assistance the legal system can offer victims of domestic violence.

      Click here to see the video.

       
    • Loves Me, Loves Me NotTeen Dating Violence
      This pamphlet discusses teen dating violence.  The brochure first identifies what teen dating violence is and what it is not.  Loves Me, Loves Me Not also describes the different types of abuse that are considered dating violence, including physical abuse, emotional and verbal abuse, sexual abuse, and threats, isolation, or harassment.  

      Click here to download a copy of the handbook.

    • Special Education Laws and the School Environment: A Guide to Understanding Your Rights as a Parent
      This handbook is meant to be a tool to help you find the resources you need and to understand some key concepts that will make your navigation through the challenging waters of special education a little easier.

      Click here to download a copy of the handbook.

    • Committed to Healing: Involuntary Commitment Procedures
      Committed to Healing provides an introduction to involuntary commitment proceedings in Texas courts, including possible signals of mental health issues, a discussion of involuntary commitment procedures, and a comparison of involuntary commitment and guardianship.

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    • Ending the Violence: How to Obtain a Texas Protective Order
      Protective orders are civil court orders designed to cease acts of violence, threatening, harassing, or stalking by abusers. The Ending the Violence pamphlet discusses the basics on eligibility for a protective order, the procedure for obtaining a protective order, and the manner in which a protective order operates in Texas.

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    • Protecting the Incapacitated: A Guide to Guardianship in Texas from Application to Oath
      Guardianships have always played an important role in family law. Understanding guardianships in Texas law is made easier by this Protecting the Incapacitated pamphlet, which discusses alternatives to guardianship, the guardianship process, and other issues related to instituting a guardianship proceeding.

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    • Pro Se Divorce Handbook
      This informative handbook provides information for those representing themselves in a simple (uncontested) divorce, along with discussions about division of marital property and issues concerning children. This handbook also provides tips on court etiquette and deadlines. If you would like to order copies please click here.

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      • What to Expect in Texas Family Law Court
        Navigating your way through a family law case can be confusing during what is often a stressful and emotional time in your life. Not knowing what to expect can make it even harder. This handout is intended to help you understand what you can expect when you have a case in Texas family law court.

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      • Kids in the Crossfire
        Helping Parents Understand the Impact of Divorce. "Kids in the Crossfire" is a short video designed to emphasize the impact of parents' behavior during divorce. Please visit the website by clicking here.

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    In Case of Emergency
    In Case of Emergency

    Preparation is the key to picking up the pieces when a disaster strikes. The information included below are some helpful suggestions on how you can protect yourself and your family from unnecessary distress.

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    Visas For Victims of Abuse
    Visas For Victims of Abuse

    There are three major visas for victims of abuse. The U-Visa is for victims of crimes that have been or are currently being prosecuted. The Violence Against Women Visa is for victims (male or female) of domestic abusers who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. The Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa is for children under the age of 21 who have been abandoned, abused or neglected by one or both of their parents.

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    March 1, 2015
    Bigger Than Bullies
    Bigger Than Bullies
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    Protejase! Luche Contra el Fraude
    Protejase! Luche Contra el Fraude

    Desafortunadamente, los artistas de la estafa pueden intentar explotarlo de varias formas: quitándole su dinero sin ofrecerle nada a cambio, sacando ventaja de usted si no hace preguntas, o tratando de confundirlo con diferencias entre el Inglés y el Español. La Asociación de Abogados Jóvenes de Dallas se enorgullece en presentar este folleto para ayudarle a reconocer y evitar la estafa. Gracias a todos los involucrados en hacer de este proyecto un éxito, especialmente a la Fundación de la Barra de Texas por su generoso subsidio, a nuestra vocera nacional, Cristina Saralegui, y a nuestro vocero regional, el Representante Estatal de Texas, Rafael Anchia. Conozca sus derechos y visite www.lucheelfraude.com para mayor información. ¡Protéjase! Luche contra el fraude.

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    Probate Passport
    Probate Passport

    “Texas Probate Passport” has been prepared to inform the public regarding: (1) what happens legally to the property of a person when he or she dies with a will or without a will (see tab entitled “To Will or Not to Will”); and (2) how the probate process works (see tab entitled “Probate in Texas”). The “Checklists” tab provides lists to assist in preparing a will, and in preparing for probate. The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) seeks to make Texas residents aware of how the law (the Texas Probate Code) affects them and their families. This handbook is not a substitute for the advice of a lawyer, but instead is designed to assist Texans in learning about their legal rights.

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    Healing The Wounds
    Healing The Wounds

    The video portrays the story of "Melinda," a domestic violence survivor, and her journey through the legal process. The goal of the program is to educate victims of family violence about their legal rights.

    Hopefully, after viewing this program, some of the victim's fear and confusion about the legal system will be eliminated.

    This program is designed to be shown at battered women's shelters, police departments, county and district attorney's offices and other agencies that assist victims of domestic abuse.

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    Slavery Out of the Shadows
    Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking

    Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking seeks to build awareness of human trafficking, a global epidemic affecting the lives of tens of thousands of victims within our own borders.

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    Conozca Sus Derechos
    Conozca Sus Derechos: Presentación de los menores detenidos en Inmigración en procedimientos de deportación

    Cada año, cientos de niños sin la compañia de un adulto llegan a la frontera de Texas después de huir de abuso, abandono o persecución en sus países de origen. Sin una representación legal adecuada, estos niños permanecen en detención, incapaces de navegar por el complicado sistema de inmigración y enfrentando una deportación. La Asociación de Abogados Jovenes de Texas de la Barra de Abogados de Texas (TYLA) se ha asociado con el Projecto de Representacion de Asilo Gratuito del Sur de Texas (ProBar) para aumentar la conciencia, participación y entreanamiento sobre este tema, y para proveer servicios gratuitos legales a esto niños inmigrantes.

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    The Unconscious Truth
    The Unconscious Truth

    The Unconscious Truth – The Physical and Legal Effects of Underage Binge Drinking is a multi-media project created by the Texas Young Lawyers Association to educate students and parents on the signs of alcohol poisoning and the legal and physical consequences associated with binge drinking.

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    Breaking the Silence
    Breaking the Silence - A path to mental health

    A Path to Mental Health

    Topics include: Impact of Unemployment, Anxiety, Coping with Death, Mental Health/Disability, Bullying Trauma, Eating Disorders, First Responders, and more.

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    BSAFE
    BSAFE: Battling Substance Abuse for Everyone

    "BSAFE - Battling Substance Abuse for Everyone" is a multi-media public service and education project intended to provide a free resource to educate youth about the dangers and real life consequences of substance abuse, to provide information and resources to teachers and parents who have children who may be struggling with addiction issues, and to educate the public about the use of drug courts to help deal with substance abuse issues and the benefits these specialty courts are currently providing the citizens of Texas.

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    R U Safe?
    R U Safe?

    R U Safe? is designed to educate children and their parents about online dangers and give them the tools needed to be safe while online. It is intended to serve students at every age level (elementary, middle school and high school) and also contains a section for parents.  Using experts from law enforcement and child advocacy groups, the video covers such wide-ranging topics as cyber bullying, social networking sites, chat rooms, “sexting,” and online predators. Children are also told how to report suspicious activity and educated about the legal ramifications of certain online behavior.  The parental section addresses basic safety plans, implementing parental controls, privacy settings and child-safe browsers, and the use of cookies and website history. It also provides parents with useful advice about how they should address the issue of cyber safety with their children.

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    CPS Handbook
    CPS Handbook

    TYLA’s Family Law Committee has prepared a CPS handbook, What You Should Know about Your Child Abuse, Neglect, or CPS Case, to help inform the public about the timeline all CPS cases follow through the legal system. Several years ago, the Texas Legislature enacted a 12-month timeline (possibly 18 months in very rare circumstances) in order to ensure permanency for children going through the CPS system. Attorneys and participants in the CPS system struggle with the relatively short timeline when it comes to balancing the need for children to know what will be their fate with their parents making the necessary strides in drug and alcohol recovery. The handbook contains definitions and acronyms specific to the CPS system that help parents and other participants follow the recommendations and findings of CPS.

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    The Little Voice
    The Little Voice

    Recognizing Child Abuse and Your Duty to Report It

    Four children die every day from child abuse. A child you know may be the victim of neglect or emotional, physical or sexual abuse. 

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    Kids In the Crossfire

    "Kids in the Crossfire" is a short video designed to  emphasize the impact of parents' behavior during divorce.  Through dramatizations and interviews with children, parents, judges, and counselors who have been impacted by divorce or work in the family law field, the video gives parents a road map of behaviors to avoid and suggestions for improving communication and minimizing stress on children.

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    Safeguarding Our Seniors

    "Safeguarding Our Seniors" is a video prepared by the Texas Young Lawyers association designed to heighten awareness of the signs & symptoms of elder abuse. Watch the video and start looking out for seniors in your community starting today!

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    You're Hired. Now What?

    “You’re Hired! Now What?” is a video program designed to teach students and other new members of the workforce about rules governing discriminatory or unfair workplace environments, through a series of vignettes.

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    American Juror

    American Juror is a web- and video-based project dedicated to informing Texas citizens about jury service.  It contains links to specific information regarding jury service, tips for reporting and serving as a juror, frequently asked questions, detailed information on the trial process, as well as a glossary containing definitions of common words used before and during jury trials.  Also available on the website is a 15-minute video that you may watch to learn about the role of jury service in our American system of justice.

    We appreciate your interest in this important civic duty.

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    Legal Guide for Cancer Patients

    TYLA's Legal Guide for Cancer Patients, prepared by a committee of Texas attorneys with guidance and input from several cancer advocacy centers, is intended to be an informative resource upon which you or your loved one can rely to answer legal questions like, "Am I entitled to time off work?", "Should I have a will?" and "How do I tell my doctors that I don't want to be placed on life support if my condition is terminal?"

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    And Justice for All

    The promise of equal access to justice is one of the basic foundations of our democracy. Texas attorneys continuously strive to make the promise of “justice for all” a reality for Texans living in poverty. Texas lawyers provide pro bono (free) legal services, support non-profit organizations that provide legal assistance to low-income Texans, and work to find new, innovative ways to increase resources for this important purpose.  Please click here to view the 2010 contest for young lawyer affiliates.

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