Youth Rights & Emancipation

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from live law librarians throughout California.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

The purpose of this Email Hotline is for WomensLaw to provide basic legal information, referrals, and emotional support.

Civil harassment is abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or serious harassment by someone you have not dated and do NOT have a close relationship with, like a neighbor, a roommate, or a friend (that you have never dated). It is also civil harassment if the abuse is from a family member (like an uncle or aunt, a niece or nephew, or a cousin).

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

Emancipation is a way for children to become adults before 18.

Not sure if you're pregnant? Info about health care options.

Fighting, gangs, school attendance, juvenile court.

Your rights as a parent within the juvenile justice system.

If you don"t have money for your child"s needs, you can apply for aid.

There are many ways in which your immigration status - whether you"re a green card holder or undocumented - can impact your ability to get a job, go to college, or even remain in the United States.

As a student, you have rights at school: dress codes & uniforms, student expression, searches of students, school discipline, cell phone privacy, LGBTQ, pregnant & parenting students, social media, foster youth, file a complaint.

Are you being forced to sext? Are they threatening to share it with everyone?

Facts about the legal and financial responsibilities of parenthood.

What kind of support can I expect from the other parent? What if we are not married? What if the other parent and I don"t agree about important decisions in our child"s life?

The materials on this page address some of the federal and state laws that impact access to adolescent medical records and help clarify when parents, teens and others may access an adolescent"s record.

The Fair Play Act is a CA law that requires equal treatment of girls and boys in community youth competitive athletics programs hosted by Parks & Rec Departments of California.