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Legal Issues

life_legalissues_thmbDo you know your rights? Do you know how to navigate the legal or justice systems? Attorneys are expensive and specialize in a number of different areas – family law, criminal law, corporate law and others. No clue where to start for legal advice? Start here.

This section is devoted to educating you about your rights as a youth in foster care, as well as helping you understand the legal system and how to access services within the system.

If you are under the age of 18, you may be eligible to have a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or guardian ad litem to represent your interests with the court and protect your rights.

Family law

Questions about child support or custody? What’s involved with seeking a divorce? Concerned about your safety due to a violent situation at home? Find out what to do here.


Learning how to manage your money sometimes comes with a few mistakes along the way. Learn how to stay out of debt and what your rights are if you are facing financial challenges.


Whether you own your home or rent from someone else, you have rights as a tenant. Learn here how to understand your right to fair housing.

Government benefits

State and federal governments provide many resources to help lower-income and needy individuals. Check out what services and benefits may be available for you.

General rights/courts

Get a speeding ticket? Someone suing you? Find out here what you need to know about Virginia’s court system.

Additional Resources

At, you can get information on social justice, including issues such as abuse, child welfare and sexual assault.

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