Our Legal Guides

Who are these for? These legal reference guides are created for all who use the courts. We focus on providing members of the NYS judiciary and court personnel with an accessible resource that presents the important role of state court judges. The materials are also useful for attorneys, community organizations, nonprofits, government agencies and the public.

How To Use: The guides are accessible from a desktop, laptop, smart phone, or tablet. You may browse through a guide, pick a subject area, search for a term, or view a slideshow. We suggest browsing through each guide to get the full impact of the information. As similar issues may arise under different legal proceedings, you may notice redundancies in the content. We organized these by Family Law subject areas as well as providing guides on specific federal immigration proceedings or consequences in which state courts have a direct role.

Although these guides are organized based on NY statutes, the intersection has parallels in state courts across the country. State laws may vary but every court’s actions may impact immigrants’ rights under federal law.