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UPDATED June 26, 2017

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What's new in June 2017?

What's new in May 2017?

  • We created a state-specific Wyoming Divorce page and 3 corresponding statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We added Upsolve, a legal aid clinic, to our New York Legal Assistance page in English. 
  • We added information to our Rhode Island State Gun Laws section about a 2017 law that orders surrender of all firearms upon conviction of, or pleading no contest to, various felony crimes against a family or household member.  We also added the relevant statute to our Statutes page. 
  • We updated the legal information on our Pennsylvania Divorce page in English and Spanish based on a change in the law.  We also updated the links to outside sources and added a new link to the Pennsylvania Courts website with information on representing oneself in a divorce. 
  • We added a new resource in English to our Pennsylvania Local Programs page.
  • Based on an addition to the law, we added new information in English and Spanish to the question In which county can I file for a protective order? on our Oklahoma Domestic Violence Protective Orders page.
  • We translated three questions on our Oklahoma Stalking Protective Orders page, completing the translation of that section into Spanish. 
  • We updated our Texas Local Programs page in English. 
  • After receiving an email from a prosecutor in Michigan, we added more detailed information to the question about the cost of filing a petition on all three of our Michigan Personal Protection Orders pages.  We also added one relevant statute to our Michigan Statutes page.  
  • We added the crimes of photographing, videotaping or electronically surveilling partially nude or nude and person or the sexual or other intimate parts of a person around the person’s clothing and dissemination or possession of obscene matter to our Massachusetts Crimes page.
  • We made updates to our Virginia Guns and Protective Orders section in both English and Spanish.
  • We translated into Spanish our Virginia Moving to Another State with a Protective Order section.
  • We added Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) to our National Organizations/American Women Abroad page in both English and Spanish.
  • We translated our Maryland Divorce page into Spanish.
  • We added the crime of tracking device; placement or installment on motor vehicle without consent to our Michigan Crimes page.
  • We added the crimes of wiretapping and tampering with computer data to our Missouri Crimes page.
  • We updated our Virginia Statewide Programs listings in English.
  • We added a state-specific Ohio Divorce page and 3 corresponding statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We updated the Family Courts information on our New York State Family Courts page in English and Spanish. 

What's new in April 2017?

  • With the help of Tess Meuer from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, we corrected and updated our Wisconsin Restraining Orders pages.
  • We added 3 state-specific questions to our Louisiana Divorce page and added 7 statutes to our Louisiana Statutes page. 
  • We added a state-specific Tennessee Divorce page and 3 accompanying statutes to our Tennessee Statutes page.
  • We added a link to information about Crime Victims Compensation to our New York Crimes page in Spanish and English.
  • We added a state-specific Rhode Island Divorce page and 4 accompanying statutes to our Rhode Island Statutes page.
  • In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added the law Consent required from noncustodial parent to relocate child when primary physical custody established; petition for permission from court; attorney’s fees and costs to our Nevada Statutes page.
  • Based on recent additions to New Jersey laws, we added information in English and Spanish to our Sexual Assault Restraining Orders page, our Domestic Violence Restraining Orders page, and we added the crime of cyberharassment to our Crimes page and Statutes page.  
  • We translated the Maryland Suing Your Abuser page into Spanish.
  • We updated 11 resources on the Utah Legal Assistance page.
  • We updated 1 resource on the Utah Lawyer Referral Services page. 
  • We updated our Illinois Workplace Protections in English and Spanish page based on 2017 changes to the law.
  • We updated the links to outside sources on our Illinois Divorce page in English and Spanish.
  • We added the crime of interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications to our Florida Crimes page and Statutes page in English.
  • We added the crimes of interception, access, and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications, use of pen register, trap and trace device, and mobile tracking device prohibited and violation of privacy in the second degree to our Hawaii Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of interception and disclosure of wire, electronic or oral communications prohibited to our Idaho Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crimes of eavesdropping to our Illinois Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of to our Wyoming Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added information based on a recently-enacted law to each of the three injunctions pages in our Florida Restraining Orders section regarding the increased punishment for the third violation of an injunction.  All additions were made in English and Spanish.
  • We re-wrote the question What are the grounds to file for divorce in Delaware? in our Delaware Divorce section.
  • We revised the Delaware Orders of Protection from Abuse page, re-writing the Steps to get an order of protection from abuse section, and improving the questions What is the legal definition of abuse in Delaware? and What types of orders of protection from abuse are there? How long do they last?
  • We added the Texas Lawyer Referral Service in English to our Texas Lawyer Referral Services page. Spanish translation coming soon!
  • We translated our Maryland Domestic Violence Protective Orders page into Spanish.
  • In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added the law on grandparent visitation to our Louisiana Statutes page.
  • In our Utah Restraining Orders section, we added a Child Protective Orders page and two corresponding statutes.
  • We added 4 new resources to our Maryland Local Programs page.

What's new in March 2017?

What's new in February 2017?

What's new in January 2017?

  • We added the Child Welfare Information Gateway as a resource under the category of Child Abuse on our National Organizations page in English and Spanish.
  • We revised the information in English on our Maryland Domestic Violence Protective Orders page in the question What is the legal definition of domestic abuse in Maryland? to hyperlink the forms of abuse to their legal meanings on our Statutes page.  We also added two relevant statutes to the State Statutes page.
  • We added the following crimes to our Puerto Rico Crimes page in English and Spanish: illegal custody deprivation, kidnapping, lascivious acts, negligent injury. 
  • We reviewed and updated 4 resources on the Texas Statewide Legal Assistance page in English.  (We also updated an additional 57 resources on the Texas Legal Assistance page back in September 2016 that we never posted to this What's New on this Site page!)
  • We added state-specific custody information in Spanish to D.C.'s Custody page. (The English was added in December 2016.)
  • We updated the Nebraska Legal Assistance page by adding 6 resources and reviewing 8 resources.
  • We added two new resources in English and Spanish to our National Organizations page: InformedImmigrant.com, which is a website formed by immigrant rights organizations and leaders across the country, and the National Crime Victims Law Institute.
  • We revised the information on our North Carolina State Gun Laws page to make it more clear and concise and to add more information about a felon in possession of a firearm.  All changes were done in English and Spanish.  We also added a related statute to our Statutes page.
  • Based on a new law that recently took effect, we added the question If my child was conceived from rape, can the offender get legal decision-making or parenting time? to our Arizona Custody page in Spanish (the English was added in December 2016).
  • We added a new crime to our Connecticut Crimes page in English and Spanish called Assault of an elderly, blind, disabled or pregnant person or a person with intellectual disability.  We also added it to our Statutes page.
  • We added an Impersonation page to our Technology Abuse section in English.  
  • We translated the Connecticut Suing Your Abuser page into Spanish.
  • Based on changes to Connecticut law, we added information in English to our Restraining Orders (Relief from Abuse Orders) page regarding factors that a judge will consider when granting an ex parte order, the expedited hearing on the final order when the respondent has firearms, and more.
  • We added detailed content to our Illinois Stalking No Contact Order page in English.  We also added 3 additional corresponding statutes to the State Statutes page.
  • We updated our Minnesota Download Court Forms page.
  • We re-wrote and re-organized the Connecticut State Gun Laws page in English and added 6 related statutes to our Statutes page. Spanish soon to come!
  • We added a state-specific Divorce page in Kentucky and 3 corresponding statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We translated the Crimes pages into Spanish for Maryland, Connecticut, Michigan, and Oregon.  
  • We added an Idaho Protection Order Against Malicious Harassment, Stalking, and Telephone Harassment page and 4 corresponding statutes on the State Statutes page.
  • We translated into Spanish the following sections on our Virginia Know the Laws page: State Gun LawsHousing Laws, Divorce, and Crimes.  Look out for more translated sections coming soon!
  • We created state-specific divorce sections in Alabama and Iowa! We also added the 10 related statutes to the respective Statutes page in each state. 
  • In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added the crime of custodial interference to our New Mexico Crimes page in English and Spanish and to our Statutes page.
  • In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added two statutes regarding registering and enforcing an out-of-state custody order to our Oregon Statutes page.

What's new in December 2016?

What's new in November 2016?

  • We added the crimes of eavesdropping, voyeurism, disseminating voyeuristic material, and unlawful dissemination of an intimate image to our Connecticut Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of interception of communications to our Delaware Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • On our Washington State Gun Laws page, we added information about a victim's right to be notified by law enforcement prior to a surrendered firearm being returned to an abuser in English and Spanish.  We also added two corresponding statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We added the crimes of interception and recording of communications and video voyeurism to our Arkansas Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of wiretapping to our Colorado Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We are excited to announce that we have begun to translate Massachusetts into Spanish, beginning with the Suing Your Abuser page and the Crimes page.
  • We added a statute about health insurance after divorce to our New York Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of interception of wire, electronic, and oral communications to our Arizona Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crimes of eavesdropping and indecent viewing or photography to our Alaska Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crimes of criminal surveillance, criminal eavesdropping, and installing eavesdropping device to our Alabama Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added some information to our U.S. Virgin Islands Stalking Protection Orders page based on statutory changes in 2016.  
  • We added new reasons for which an abuser can be denied a license to carry a firearm to our U.S. Virgin Islands State Gun Laws page, along with two corresponding statutes to our Statutes page. 
  • We updated the contact information and description for all of the resources in English on our Virginia Finding a Lawyer page. After adding 5 new resources, there are now 31 total. 
  • We completely revised our Virginia State Gun Laws section in English, re-writing the majority of the information and adding two relevant statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We completely revised the Virginia Housing Laws section in English, adding three new questions and re-writing the others.
  • Based on 2016 changes to Virginia law, we added information in English about new ways that an abuser can violate a protective order to our Protective Orders (for Family Abuse) page and our Protective Orders (for an Act of Violence, Force, or Threat) page.
  • Based on a new legal remedy passed in 2016 in South Dakota, we added a Vulnerable Adult Protection Orders page and 12 corresponding states on our Statutes page.
  • Based on a law that became effective in May 2016, we added a question to our Utah Protective Orders page called If I am going through a divorce, will that affect the length of my protective order?  We also improved and augmented the information in the question: Can the abuser or I request that the order be dismissed?  
  • In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added the crime of "impersonation; identity theft" to our New Jersey Crimes page and Statutes page and the crime of "criminal use of personal identification information" to our Florida Crimes and Statutes page.
  • With the help of one of our national partners, ASISTA, we added a new question in English and Spanish to our U visa section called How long does it take to get the U visa? What legal status do I have while I am waiting for my U visa?  We also revised the question Can I get a work permit if my U visa status application is approved? in English and Spanish. 
  • We added some new information to our Tennessee Suing Your Abuser page and added a corresponding statute to our Statutes page.
  • We translated into Spanish the Michigan Housing Laws page that we added in English in October.  
  • We added two crimes to our South Dakota Crimes page and Statutes page as well as new information about violating an order of protection to our Protection Orders page.
  • In California, we translated into Spanish the page we added in August on restraining orders to prevent elder or dependent adult abuse
  • We translated into Spanish our recently-created state-specific Divorce page in Michigan.
  • We translated into Spanish our recently-created state-specific Divorce page in Connecticut.

What's new in October 2016?

  • We added a Housing Laws page in English in Michigan and 3 corresponding statutes on our Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of interference with child custody to our Texas Crimes page, in English and Spanish.
  • We re-wrote multiple questions and re-organized the flow of the questions (to make it easier to understand) on our Rhode Island State Gun Laws page.
  • We added a state-specific Divorce page in Michigan in English and 4 related statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We updated the Rhode Island Download Court Forms page.
  • We revised the information on our Rhode Island Workplace Violence Restraining Orders page and our Domestic Violence Restraining Orders page.
  • We added the newly-enacted crime of "electronic tracking of motor vehicles" (which took effect May 31, 2016) and the crime of "abduction of child prior to court order" to our Rhode Island Crimes page and Statutes page.  We also added two new statutes regarding small claims court and regarding the punishment for felonies to our Statutes page.
  • We are excited to announce that we have begun to translate Oregon into Spanish, beginning with the Suing Your Abuser page!
  • We updated the Oregon Download Court Forms page in English and Spanish.
  • We updated the Pennsylvania Download Court Forms page in English and Spanish and added links to new court forms.
  • We updated the Iowa Download Court Forms page.
  • With help from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, we updated the contact information for all 25 listings on our New Hampshire State and Local Programs page and we added descriptions of services for each resource. 
  • We updated the contact information and added descriptions for the 9 resources on our New Hampshire Finding a Lawyer page.
  • We revised the information contained in the following sections in Oklahoma, in both Spanish and English: Moving to Another State with a Protective OrderEnforcing Your Out-of-State Order in Oklahoma, and State Parental Kidnapping Information.  We also added a new question to the Custody page called Can I get temporary emergency custody?
  • We translated into Spanish the 57 recently-updated legal resources on the Pennsylvania Finding a Lawyer page.
  • We added information in English and Spanish to our Oklahoma State Gun Laws section based on a change in Oklahoma law regarding the impact of misdemeanor drug convictions on the ability to get a concealed handgun license.  We also added information to our Oklahoma Stalking Protective Orders section in the question What is a stalking protective order? What steps must I take before filing for the order? in English. Spanish soon to come. 
  • With help from an attorney at Connecticut Legal Services, we added additional information to our recently-created Connecticut Divorce page in English. We also added one relevant statute to our Statutes page.
  • We re-wrote multiple questions and re-organized the flow of the questions (to make it easier to understand) on our Idaho State Gun Laws page.
  • We re-wrote the question How can a protection order help me? in our Idaho Protection Orders section to include ways that both an ex parte order and a final order can help a victim.  We also added information to two other questions in the section about the court being able to order that both parties retain counsel.  
  • We translated into Spanish our revised Prostitution page in which we added information about the connection between domestic violence and prostitution (revised in English in September). 
  • We added the crime of unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material to our Texas Crimes page in English and Spanish and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image to our Oregon Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of unauthorized distribution of sensitive images to our New Mexico Crimes page in English and Spanish and to our Statutes page.
  • We added information to our Hawaii Orders for Protection page (in How can a TRO and an order for protection help me?) about the right of a victim of abuse to transfer a shared wireless phone account into his/her own name.  We also added the two relevant statutes to our Hawaii Statutes page.
  • In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added three new statutes to our California Statutes page regarding getting a continuance for a restraining order hearing and appearing via telephone.  We also added information about getting a continuance to two questions in our California Domestic Violence Restraining Orders section.

What's new in September 2016?

  • We translated into Spanish the Abuse Involving Nude/Sexual Images (photos/videos) section, which we added to our Technology Abuse page last month.
  • We translated into Spanish the new question that we added last month to our Puerto Rico Divorce section called Can I get alimony? and the other updates that we made to that page. 
  • We translated into Spanish the new question that we added last month to our Pennsylvania Divorce section called Can I get alimony? 
  • We translated into Spanish the North Carolina Civil No-Contact Orders for Victims of Registered Sex Offenders ("50D orders") page, which was completed in English in March 2016.
  • We completely revised all of the legal resources on the Pennsylvania Finding a Lawyer page - changing the information for 57 entries, 17 of which are brand new!
  • We updated our Tennessee Lawyer Referral Service page and Statewide Programs page.
  • We added the Spanish translation of Electronic Surveillance, which was added in English to our Technology Abuse page in August. 
  • We added the crimes of unlawful disclosure, 1st degree unlawful publication, and 2nd degree unlawful publication in English and Spanish to our Washington, D.C. Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of breach of privacy to our Kansas Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of dissemination of sexually explicit visual material of another to our Michigan Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added the crime of unlawful dissemination of intimate image to our Nevada Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • Based on changes to Georgia law, we added information in English and Spanish to our Custody page about great-grandparents' and siblings' ability to seek visitation in the question I am the child's family member (grandparent or sibling). Can I get visitation?  We also added the crime of identification of a minor as the individual in an obscene depiction to our Georgia Crimes page and Statutes page.
  • We added a new page to our Kentucky Restraining Orders section on Interpersonal Protective Orders and five corresponding statutes to our Statutes page.
  • We made a bunch of improvements to our Ohio Know the Laws pages!  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 effective on September 8th allowing a judge to order a cell phone account to be transferred from the abuser to the victim.  We revised the information in the Moving to Another State with Your Ohio Protection Order section and the Enforcing an Out-of-State Order in Ohio section. 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 and Spanish 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 our 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 Empow

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