Filing for divorce is challenging, and being represented by a lawyer is highly recommended. However, you have the right to proceed without a lawyer, if you wish. Judge Ferguson has prepared a detailed page to walk you through the divorce process.
The law allows people to waive counsel in felony cases in very limited circumstances. It is often said that a person who represents himself has a fool for a client. In all felony cases there is the risk of prison time -- up to LIFE in prison. There are also life-long consequences that follow criminal convictions of all types. It's not like a traffic ticket where you simply "pay a fine." Click below to see whether you qualify to represent yourself in your felony case.
Protective orders are civil court orders designed to stop acts of violence, threatening, harassing, or stalking by abusers. If you feel you need a court order to protect you from such conduct, you should contact your local County Attorney, hire a lawyer to assist you, or file for a protective order. The TYLA "Ending the Violence" pamphlet summarizes eligibility for a protective order, the procedure for obtaining one, and the manner in which a protective order operates in Texas. "Free From Violence" is a comprehensive website for survivors of domestic and elder abuse. You may also click the button below to download the Texas Supreme Court's Protective Order Kit that walks you through the process and provides the necessary forms to file for a protective order.
The Rules apply to all cases, whether you are represented or not. You are required to follow all court procedures, meet with all deadlines, and comply with the rules of evidence.
Click the following to access the most commonly used rules in civil and family law cases:
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