Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
Family Violence Program [Colorado Bar Ass’n] — This program is intended to educate attorneys, assist lawyers who are victims and perpetrators, increase access to the legal system for victims of family violence, monitor legislation, work to improve how cases involving family violence are handled by the system, and implement pilot studies in the area of law and family violence. This site provides discussion, links to resources at other sites, and reading lists.
“You Can Collect Child Support” [Denver Bar Ass’n] — “This handbook attempts to provide comprehensive information regarding child support enforcement and reflects the wisdom and advice of several experienced attorneys. This book does not replace the need for an attorney, but acknowledges that, despite your best efforts, an attorney may not be available to you. [¶] Every case is different. An instructional manual of this sort cannot begin to cover all of the circumstances which may arise. Your case may be too complex to do on your own, and we strongly recommend that you make all efforts to obtain legal representation or seek assistance from your local Child Support Enforcement agency, and other legal resources. However, if these resources are not available to you, our hope is that this handbook will be a useful tool to help guide you in the right direction and de-mystify the court process.”
Colorado Divorce & Family Law Guide [Carl O. Graham, Esq. (Colo.)] — This web site maintained by a Colorado Springs attorney presents information on Colorado law (and some applicable federal law) pertaining to divorce, paternity, child custody, support, marital property, restraining orders, and modification of orders and decrees. A divorce guide especially for persons in military service is included.
Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Colorado Residents [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Colorado law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Colorado.
ColoradoLegalServices.org [Pro Bono Net (N.Y.)] — This is “a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Colorado. Here you can locate information on all of the free legal aid programs in Colorado, including basic eligibility and contact information. We also have links to related sites on the web and legal education documents that give you basic information on a number of legal problems. [¶] If you have a criminal problem, go to the Public Defender’s website.”
WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.
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