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UPDATED September 15, 2016

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Here at WomensLaw.org, in addition to making sure that our existing information is up-to-date, we add new information to our website to give you another reason to keep coming back.  If you have a suggestion for something you would like to see added to our site, or to let us know about a page that needs to be updated, email us at Stacey@WomensLaw.org.

What's new in September 2016?

  • We added a new page to our Kentucky Restraining Orders section on Interpersonal Protective Orders and 5 corresponding statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We added two new questions to our Ohio Custody page.  We also added information to the question How can a protection order help me? in our Domestic Violence Protection Orders page based on a new law that became effected on September 8th allowing a judge to order a cell phone account to be transferred from the abuser to the victim.  We also added the five related statutes to our Statutes page.
  • In Connecticut, we created a state-specific Divorce page, adding questions about alimony, grounds for divorce, and residency requirements.  We also added the three relevant statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We added a new resource called Mary's Center, in English and Spanish, to our District of Columbia Local Programs page.
  • In Indiana, we created a state-specific Divorce page, adding questions about alimony, grounds for divorce, and residency requirements.  We also added the three relevant statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We added new information in English regarding debt within a marriage to our Financial Abuse section in the question called Can I sue the abuser for money s/he owes me?
  • We completely revised our Prostitution page in English and added information about the connection between domestic violence and prostitution.
  • We updated our Illinois Download Court Forms page in English and Spanish.
  • We created a state-specific Divorce page in Alaska by adding three new questions regarding alimony, grounds for divorce, and residency requirements.  We also added the four corresponding statutes to our Statutes page.

What's new in August 2016?

  • We created a state-specific Divorce page in Kansas by adding three new questions regarding alimony, grounds for divorce, and residency requirements; and updated the links to outside sources for additional information.  We also added the three corresponding statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We added a new question to our Puerto Rico Divorce section called Can I get alimony? in English, updated the rest of the information, and added the relevant statutes to our Statutes page in English and Spanish.
  • We added a new question in English to our Pennsylvania Divorce section called Can I get alimony? and added the relevant statute to our Statutes page.
  • We updated and significantly edited out Wisconsin Domestic Abuse Injunctions page.
  • Due to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault as a resource on our Illinois Statewide Programs page, in English and Spanish.  We also added a new resource to our Massachusetts Local Programs page and we added The Taxpayer Advocate Service, part of the IRS, to our Financial Info/Economic Empowerment section of our National Organizations page in English and Spanish. 
  • We added the Spanish translation of the section (created in English in July) called Technology Misuse under our Learn About Abuse tab in which we talk about civil and criminal options for dealing with technology abuse.
  • We added a new section on Abuse Involving Nude/Sexual Images (photos/videos) to our Technology Abuse page.  Spanish translation coming soon.
  • We added a new section on Electronic Surveillance to our Technology Abuse page.  Spanish translation coming soon.
  • In California, we added a page on restraining orders to prevent elder or dependent adult abuse.  We also added 3 corresponding statutes to our California Statutes page.  Spanish translation coming soon.
  • We added the crime of criminal invasion of privacy to our West Virginia Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added a law about housing protections for victims to our Michigan Statutes page.  More information coming soon to our Michigan Housing Laws page.
  • We added information in English about filing and appearing electronically in an order of protection proceeding in New York to the Restraining Orders section called Step 1: Go to court to file the petition.
  • We improved the content (in Spanish and English) in each state's Restraining Orders page for the questions entitled Can I get a protection order against my same-sex partner?
  • We added information to our Maryland State Gun Laws section based on legislative changes.
  • We added information to our Michigan Domestic Relationship Personal Protection Orders page and Custody page based on legislative changes. 
  • We updated the resources on our Illinois Lawyer Referral Service page and added a new resource to our New Mexico Local Programs page called HEAL & The Nest Domestic Violence Shelter (all changes done in English and Spanish).
  • We added the crime of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images to our Minnesota Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We re-wrote our Kentucky Protective Orders / Domestic Violence Orders section due to substantial legislative changes, adding new information and revising the current information.
  • We translated into Spanish our new Stalking/Cyberstalking page.  We also placed the page in an additional location on the website, under our new Technology Abuse section (it also remains in its original place in our Learn About Abuse section). 
  • We created a new page called Sexting in our Technology Abuse section.  Spanish translation soon to come.
  • We updated the contact information for more than 60 organizations on our Georgia State and Local Programs page in English and Spanish.
  • We added the Spanish translation to the recently-added question about retroactive child support in our North Carolina Child Support page.
  • In Colorado, we added the Spanish translation of What is the legal definition of abuse of the elderly or an at-risk adult?.  New information was added to that question in English in July.
  • We added a question to our California Divorce page called Can I get alimony? What factors will a judge consider? in English and Spanish.
  • We added multiple new questions to our Puerto Rico Custody page, in Spanish and English.
  • We translated into Spanish our state-specific Divorce page in Arizona and our state-specific Divorce page in Georgia.  The pages were added to the website in English in July and June, respectively.
  • We updated our Kentucky Download Court Forms page.
  • We added a new statute to our Hawaii Statutes page so we could link to it on our Hawaii Custody page to explain the best interest factors that a judge will consider in custody cases.
  • We added a new question to our Kentucky Protective Orders section called Can a minor file for an order? based on a change to the relevant statute.
  • Based on a law that became effective in July, we added a question to our Indiana Custody page called If my child was conceived from rape, can the offender's rights be terminated? We also added 4 corresponding statutes to our Indiana Statutes page.
  • We added two questions about alimony in English and Spanish on the Florida Divorce page and added 3 corresponding statutes to the Florida Statutes page.
  • We updated and significantly edited our Utah Stalking Injunctions page.
  • In English and Spanish, we added a question to our California Civil Harassment Orders page called How can a civil harassment order help me? and we added information to the question How much does a civil harassment order cost?

What's new in July 2016?

  • Based on legislative changes in Colorado, we added information in English about abuse of an at-risk adult to What is the legal definition of abuse of the elderly or an at-risk adult?
  • We updated the listings in English and Spanish on our Oklahoma Lawyer Referral Services page. 
  • We updated our Alabama Download Court Forms page.
  • We updated our Alabama Know the Laws section based on legislative changes, adding information about requirements when filing on behalf of a minor against the minor's other parent to Can a minor get a PFA order? and Who is eligible for a protection from abuse (PFA) order? to our Protection from Abuse Orders section.  In our Custody section, we re-wrote the question I am the child's grandparent. Can I get visitation? based on changes to the law and added the question What factors will a judge consider when deciding if a grandparent can get visitation? We also added the two related statutes to our Statutes page.
  • In Maine, we added three new crimes to our Statutes and Crimes pages. We also added a question called If the child was conceived from a sexual assault, can the offender's rights be terminated? to the Custody page and updated various questions on our Restraining Orders pages based on legislative additions.
  • We added a question about retroactive child support in English to the North Carolina Child Support page.
  • In response to an inquiry on the Email Hotline, we added the crime of domestic criminal trespass to our North Carolina Statutes page and Crimes page.
  •  In the U.S. Virgin Islands Statutes page, we added 5 statutes that correspond with the Stalking Protection Orders page.
  • In Texas, we added a new question to our Custody page called If the other parent's new partner is abusive or a registered sex offender, do I have the right to know?, and updated various other questions throughout the Know the Laws section based on legislative changes.  All changes were made in English and Spanish.
  • We added two child abduction crimes to our Maryland Crimes page.
  • We updated out Arizona Download Court Forms page in Spanish and English.
  • With funding from the Digital Trust Foundation, we created a new section called Technology Misuse under our Learn About Abuse tab in which we talk about civil and criminal options for dealing with technology abuse.  We also re-wrote the definitions of stalking and cyberstalking on our Stalking/Cyberstalking page.  Spanish translation soon to come.
  • We translated into Spanish our new Sexual Assault Restraining Order page in New Jersey, which was created in English in June.
  • We added a new resource, Womenstepforward.org, to our National Organizations - International/Immigration section in Spanish and English.
  • Thanks to help from the Texas Council on Family Violence, we made some changes to our Texas Family Violence Protective Orders page, revising various questions and adding information about the new law regarding automatic extensions of orders.
  • California passed a new law allowing victims of abuse to separate their cell phone accounts from the abuser's and keep their cell phone number. We added the law to our California Statutes page and added information about this to the question How can a DVRO help me? in English and Spanish.
  • We added the crime of custodial interference to our Kentucky Crimes page and Statues page.
  • We improved our Alabama Crimes page by hyperlinking 21 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Spanish and English Arizona Crimes page by hyperlinking 3 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Spanish and English Arkansas Crimes page by hyperlinking 16 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Spanish and English Colorado Crimes page by hyperlinking 5 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Connecticut Crimes page by hyperlinking 26 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Delaware Crimes page by hyperlinking 21 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Hawaii Crimes page by hyperlinking 16 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Idaho Crimes page by hyperlinking 2 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Iowa Crimes page by hyperlinking 1 crime to its definition on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Kentucky Crimes page by hyperlinking 25 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Maryland Crimes page by hyperlinking 6 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Massachusetts Crimes page by hyperlinking 1 crime to its definition on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Michigan Crimes page by hyperlinking 4 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Minnesota Crimes page by hyperlinking 5 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Spanish and English Nevada Crimes page by hyperlinking 2 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Oregon Crimes page by hyperlinking 4 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Texas Crimes page by adding 4 different crimes and linking them to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We improved our Virgin Islands Crimes page by hyperlinking 8 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • In our State Gun Laws sections, we updated the answer to the question "What will happen if the abuser tries to purchase a gun?" for 51 states and territories in English and Spanish.

What's new in June 2016?

  • We included more information in our U Visa section about the cooperation that is required from a victim when getting a certification, in Spanish and English.
  • We created a state-specific Divorce page in Georgia in English.  We also added 6 corresponding statutes to our Georgia Statutes page.
  • We created a state-specific Divorce page in Arizona in English.  We also added 4  corresponding statutes to our Arizona Statutes page.
  • We updated and significantly edited our Utah Protective Orders page.
  • We improved our Alaska Crimes page by hyperlinking 29 different degrees of crimes to their definitions on our State Statutes page.
  • We added 7 new resources to our DC Sheriff Departments page​ in Spanish and English.
  • We updated the information for 24 sheriff departments on our Wyoming Sheriff Departments page.
  • We updated and added new resources to our Alaska Sheriff Departments page, totaling 34 resources in all. 
  • In Kentucky, we updated our Statewide Programs page and added 7 new resources to our Finding a Lawyer page.
  • We added two new crimes to our Wisconsin Crimes page.
  • We added 7 new crimes to our Washington Crimes page; and improved two questions on our Washington Custody page.  All changes were made in English and Spanish.
  • We translated the Washington, D.C. State Gun Laws into Spanish and now the Spanish translation of Washington, D.C. is complete!  
  • After translating the Moving to Another State with Your Domestic Violence Order for Protection and Enforcing your Out-Of-State Order in Washington into Spanish, the Spanish translation of Washington State is complete!  
  • We completing the translation of Washington, we translated the We added listings for 8 police departments on our U.S. Virgin Islands Sheriff Departments page.
  • We added the crime of custodial interference to our Tennessee Crimes page.
  • We added a new Sexual Assault Restraining Order page in New Jersey in English and added 5 new statutes to the Statutes page. 
  • We added the crime of eavesdropping on or recording confidential communications to our California Crimes page and the Statutes page.
  • We translated into Spanish our New Mexico State Gun Laws page, which was re-written in English in May 2016.
  • We created a state-specific Divorce page in Washington, D.C. in English and Spanish.
  • In order to allow our users to find updated listings in our Sheriff Departments pages, we linked to the Sheriffs' Association or similar legal authority in 36 states.
  • We added 9 additional resources to our Sheriff Departments in Delaware and updated the Delaware Courthouse Locations page. 
  • We added 8 new listings for state marshals to the Connecticut Sheriff Departments page and updated the ones we had.
  • We added 3 new statutes to our D.C. Statutes page relating to divorce.
  • We updated our Minnesota Download Court Forms page.  
  • In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added Can a minor file for an order for protection? to our Minnesota Orders for Protection page and revised Am I eligible to file for an order for protection?   We also added the question What is the legal definition of harassment in Minnesota? to our Harassment Restraining Orders page.   
  • Based on recent changes to Florida law, we changed the information in Can grandparents get visitation rights in court? on our Florida Custody page, in English and Spanish.
  • We added a new resource to our New York Finding a Lawyer page, The Legal Project, in Albany.
  • In response to a question on the Email Hotline, we added 3 new criminal statutes to our Wisconsin Statutes page and to our Crimes page.

What's new in May 2016?

What's new in April 2016?

  • We added the crimes of simple assault and domestic violence to our New Hampshire Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images to our Illinois Spanish Crimes page.
  • We completely revamped our Illinois Custody page in English, adding multiple questions and revising the whole section based on 2016 changes to Illinois law.  
  • We updated links on our Divorce pages in Alaska, South DakotaGuam, HawaiiGeorgia, and New Mexico (with the last two states also being updated in Spanish).  
  • We translated into Spanish the Enforcing your out-of-state order in D.C. section in the Washington, D.C. Restraining Orders pages.
  • We added the Spanish translation for 4 questions on our New Jersey Domestic Violence Restraining Orders page, which were revised in English in February 2016.
  • We added the crime of extortion to the Iowa Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We revised and updated the information on our Puerto Rico Custody, Crimes and Divorce pages in English and Spanish.
  • We added information in English and Spanish to our New York Custody page about a parent's ability to get custody/visitation if convicted of sexual assault or murder - see Can a parent who committed domestic violence/sexual assault get custody or visitation?
  • We added the crime of custodial interference and the penalties for harassment and stalking to our South Carolina Crimes page.
  • We added a new question to our Maine Custody page called If I plan to relocate, what type of notice do I need to give to the other parent? and added information to the question called Can a final order be changed? What about if I want to relocate?
  • We translated our recently-revised Washington State Gun Laws page into Spanish (the section was completely revised in English in December 2015).
  • We revised and reorganized the information on our Delaware State Gun Laws page.
  • We updated our Delaware Download Court Forms page.
  • Based on a new law that became effective in 2016, we added two questions in English and Spanish to our Illinois Custody page regarding relocating with a child.  We also added the related statutes to our Statutes page. 
  • In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added the law about criminal statutes of limitations to our New York Statutes page.
  • We revised and reorganized the information on our Wisconsin State Gun Laws page and added new questions about extending a restraining order in three different sections on our Wisconsin Restraining Orders page.
  • We added the crimes of invasion of privacy, representations depicting nudity, interference with custody, sexual assault of a child, and first- and second-degree homicide to our Wisconsin Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added two new resources, VictimConnect and Journey Out, in Spanish and English to our National Organizations page and updated 5 other resources.
  • We added the crime of disclosure of sexually explicit images without consent to our Vermont Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We translated into Spanish the recently-revised Nevada Custody and Parental Kidnapping sections. (The English updates were made in March 2016).
  • We updated the links on our Arkansas Divorce page in English and Spanish.
  • We updated the information on our Safety Tips for Stalking Victims page in English and Spanish.
  • We updated our New York Download Court Forms page in English and Spanish.
  • We added new information to our New York Orders of Protection section about the ability to file a petition for an order of protection or a modification petition in the criminal court when the family court is closed. We also improved the information on our New York Divorce, Parental Kidnapping and Custody pages - all changes were made in English and Spanish.

What's new in March 2016?

What's new in February 2016?

  • We added the crime of violation of privacy in the first degree to our Hawaii Statutes page and Crimes page.
  • We added the crime of non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images to our our Illinois Statutes page and Crimes page in English.
  • We added the crimes of 1) robbery and 2) observation of sexual contact; reproduction or disclosure of images of sexual contact to our New Jersey Statutes page and Crimes page.
  • In the Preparing for Court section, we updated our Legal Definitions page, in English and Spanish.
  • In our New Hampshire Custody and Divorce sections, we updated the links to outside websites. We also added information about the best interest factors considered by a judge in custody cases to our NH Statutes page.
  • We updated and edited the Internet Security page in the Staying Safe section of the website in English.
  • We updated and edited our Federal Gun Laws page in English and Spanish.  We also updated the corresponding federal statutes on our Federal Statutes page.
  • We updated the links on our Helping Others Doctors and Health Care Workers section in English and Spanish.
  • Thanks to input from Anu Abraham, Esq., Staff Attorney at the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, we significantly improved the information on our New Jersey Restraining Orders page (Spanish translation soon to come!) 
  • We updated all of the resources in English and Spanish on our Nevada Where to Find Help page, including 33 state and local programs, 5 organizations under Finding a Lawyer, and 21 Courthouse Locations.
  • We improved the English and Spanish content in 18 states/territories in the State Gun Laws section for the questions "What is the difference between state and federal gun laws?" and "Who do I notify if I think the abuser should not have a gun?" (The other 36 states/territories were completed in January 2016.)
  • In response to an inquiry about the topic on the Email Hotline, we added the crime called dissemination of an unlawful image to our Nevada Statutes page and Crimes page.  We also added 7 crimes to our Spanish Crimes page, which had previously been added to the English Crimes page.
  • We added the crimes of posting a private image for harassment and posting a private image for pecuniary gain to our Colorado Statutes page and Crimes page.
  • We added the crime of stalking to our Guam Statutes page and Crimes page.
  • In response to an inquiry on the Email Hotline about the distribution of intimate images in Delaware, We added the statute called violation of privacy to our Delaware Statutes page and Crimes page.
  • We translated Georgia State Gun Laws into Spanish (after having revised the content in this section in September 2015).
  • We added the crime of disorderly conduct, which includes distributing intimate images, to our California Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of sexual cyberharassment to our Florida Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added the crime of depriving a person of custodial or parental rights to the Minnesota Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We updated all of the resources on our Guam Finding a Lawyer page and Courthouse Locations page.

What's new in January 2016?

  • In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added a statute about annulment to our North Carolina Statutes page.
  • We significantly edited our North Dakota Protection Orders page and added relevant statutes to our ND Statutes page.
  • On our Minnesota Harassment Restraining Orders page, we added information on violations in the Violation of a harassment restraining order section and added statutes to our Minnesota statutes page.
  • On our Arizona Domestic Violence Protection Orders page, we improved the information contained in What types of protection orders are there? How long do they last? in English and Spanish.
  • Based on an Email Hotline inquiry, we added 4 new statutes to our Montana Statutes page regarding enforcement and registration of a foreign custody order.
  • We improved the English content in 36 states in the State Gun Laws section for the questions "What is the difference between state and federal gun laws?" and "Who do I notify if I think the abuser should not have a gun?"  We will now begin updating this same content in the remaining 18 states, in Spanish and English.
  • We updated our California Housing Laws section in English and Spanish based on changes to California law that became effective 1/1/16.
  • Based on an Email Hotline question, we added three new crimes in Louisiana to our Crimes page and to our Statutes page called:Video voyeurism; Nonconsensual disclosure of a private image; and Telephone communications; improper language; harassment.
  • On our Pennsylvania Custody page, we added a new question called If my child was conceived from sexual assault, can the offender get custody or visitation? and added much more information to the existing question, Can a parent who committed violence get custody or visitation?  All changes were made in English and Spanish. We also added three related statutes to our PA Statutes page. 

What's new in December 2015?