Digital Collection

The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.

You will need your library card number and have your library account in good standing in order to borrow e-books and access most of our legal databases. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account from home! Learn more about how to register for a library account from home.

The titles below are available to you from home if you have a current library account with us. If you don't have a library account with us, Texas residents can register online. Learn more about how to register online.

Texas Titles

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    By Staff, Publishers Editorial. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender.

    This title contains the complete Family Code with relevant annotations. Covering topics such as domestic relations, juvenile justice, and child welfare, the Texas Annotated Family Code is an easy-to-read resource for these subject matters.

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    By John Montgomery. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1997. 2nd Edition.

    Texas Family Law for the practitioner, covering Conservatorship and Guardianship, premarital agreements, divorce, custody issues, spousal support, grounds, and valuing community assets. Includes sample petitions and motions, including initial attorney-client documents, as well as references to the most current State Bar CLE materials, legal periodicals, and ALR Annotations.

    View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.

General/Federal Titles

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    By Roderic Duncan. Published by Nolo Press. 2007. 1st ed.

    This guide helps those seeking to settle a divorce outside of the courtroom. Additionally, if court is unavoidable, the guide covers a wide range of topics that will help you along every step of the court process.

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    By Emily Doskow. Published by Nolo Press. 2018. 19th ed.

    Nolo’s updated edition of A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples provides information on the changing laws affecting LGBT couples. Outlining the proper legal steps to define and protect relationships, this guide covers the marriage laws of all 50 states, planning for medical emergencies, acquiring domestic partner benefits, buying property, legal issues surrounding children, and end of life decisions

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    By Paul Mandelstein. Published by Nolo Press. 2006.

    Always Dad details how to work with an ex to create a supportive family environment following divorce. This book provides strategies for maintaining a healthy relationship with and prioritize the needs children and working effectively with a former spouse following divorce.

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    By Paul Mandelstein. Published by Nolo Press. 2010. 1st ed.

    A practical guide for maintaining a close relationship with your children after divorce.

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    By Mimi Lyster Zemmelman. Published by Nolo Press. 2018.

    Nolo’s guide to creating a co-parenting agreement provides information, worksheets, and a fill-in-the-blank parenting agreement to assist divorcing couples in making a fair and lasting child custody agreement. The mediation-based strategies contained in this book will help minimize conflict in resolving issues such as health care, education, and living arrangements.

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    By Douglas Abrams. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th.

    "This Nutshell follows the structure and format of the authors' casebook—Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice. The authors have devoted entire chapters to the meaning of "parent," abuse and neglect, the foster care system, adoption, medical decision-making, support and other financial responsibilities, protective legislation, and delinquency. Representation of children is covered throughout the book. Also treated for comparative purposes are several relevant international law issues, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, international child labor, and U.S. tobacco exports to children overseas." - from the publisher

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    By Robert Mennell. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 3rd ed.

    "Summarizes the marital property laws dealing with creation, management and termination of community property in nine states (Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin).

    The first portion of each chapter presents a broad overview, followed by the detail of the law in the second part. A third part explains how various states differ. Covers premarital contracts, transmutations, community property, separate property, and characterization issues. Discusses community property during a marriage, management and control, and liabilities. Addresses the termination of community property and the special problems that can result." - from the publisher

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    By Violet Woodhouse. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 12th edition.

    This guide provides legal advice and information for how to split assets fairly and equally in the event of divorce.

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    By Janice Green. Published by Nolo Press. 2019. 4th ed.

    Divorce After 50 covers these subjects and much more: - ways to divorce -- collaborative, mediated, contested, etc. - marital property: what it is, what you do with it, and how to divide assets and liabilities - how to survive financially during and after divorce.

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    By Katherine Stoner. Published by Nolo Press. 2018. 5th ed.

    This title helps couples end a marriage fairly and inexpensively. Divorce Without Court explains how mediation works, how collaborative divorce works, and more.

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    Published by Socrates Media. 2006.

    This title approaches divorce from a personal side, discussing what divorce is about, what the decision to seek a divorce means now and what life will be like in the future.

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    By Thomas P. Gallanis; Lawrence W. Waggoner. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 5th ed.

    "This comprehensive guide provides an overview of the rules and principles of estates and future interests, including concurrent estates, marital estates (including the modern elective share), and powers of appointment. It includes new innovations from the Restatement 3d of Property, modernizing the law of future interests and dramatically changing the Rule Against Perpetuities. The book is also the very first publication to incorporate the new Uniform Powers of Appointment Act (2013). The book also has exercises, with answers at the back. Valuable for students in first-year Property and upper-year courses in Trusts and Estates." - from the publisher

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    By Harry Krause. Published by Thomson West. 2007. 5th edition.

    Family law has emerged as one of the most dynamic and controversial areas of modern law. Drawing increasingly from constitutional law, conflicts of laws, property, torts, criminal law, tax and welfare law, family law has also grown ever more complex. The fifth edition of this classic text, available in late August 2007, comprehensively surveys the traditional landscape of family law as well as important new legislation and case law relating to domestic partnerships, same-sex marriage, parentage, adoption, child custody and support.

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    By Walter Wadlington. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 3rd Ed.

    "Continuing the approach of the previous editions, this book offers a conceptual approach to the legal issues implicit in family law. It describes the developments of: • Alternatives to marriage• Same-sex marriage• The expansion of assisted reproductive technology and gestational surrogacy Spousal and child support continue to be addressed at the state level through:• Expanding definitions of what constitutes property• The need to limit the duration of spousal support• The presumptive value of child support statutes Federal statutes have demanded greater support enforcement at the state level, and Congress retains control over ERISA, Social Security, and military benefits." - from the publisher

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    By Emily Doskow. Published by Nolo Press. 2014. 2nd edition.

    Written in plain English, this title covers the basics of family law including what the law says about issues surrounding couples, children, and seniors. Some topics covered include prenuptial agreements, divorce, foster care, special education, estate planning, and more.

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    By Maurcia Houck. Published by Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. 2009.

    This title helps those afflicted by divorce or widowhood regain financial stability after such a major life change. Complex paperwork is explained simply and step-by-step instructions given to remain afloat during this financially restructuring event.

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    By Ralph Warner, Lynne Ihara and Frederick Hertz. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 16th ed.

    This book explains the legal issues involved in living together, having and raising children, ownership agreements and other issues that are important to unmarried couples. It includes an overview of important legal documents and instructions on completing these documents, as well as sample forms. It also discusses laws covering same-sex marriage and civil unions, which sometimes affect heterosexual couples.

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    By Frederick Hertz. Published by Nolo Press. 2018. 5th edition.

    As same-sex marriage is available in several U.S. States and Canada, this book tries to answer questions for same-sex couples. Some of the issues addressed are your state's rules about same-sex partnerships, whether your marriage will be recognized in other states, how marriage will affect you if have children, whether or not a will or living trust is needed and other legal issues. This edition also contains updated laws for all states. The appendix also includes a relationship recognition chart, which shows states with some form of recognition for same-sex couples along with some of the laws for that state.

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    By Emily Doskow. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 4th edition.

    This title discusses child custody and support, offering guidance and legal planning advice.

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    By Emily Doskow. Published by Nolo Press. 2018. 7th ed.

    This title contains legal advice, state-specific charts, and insights to help simplify the divorce process and reduce costs when possible. Some of the topics covered include child custody, alimony, division of property, and more.

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    By Katherine E. Stoner. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 5th ed.

    This book from Nolo guides readers through whether and how to make a prenuptial agreement. Prenuptial Agreements uses clear, concise language to explain how to create a valid prenuptial contract. This book assists readers in determining whether a prenuptial is right for their relationship, what their agreement should include, and tips on negotiating and communicating throughout the process.

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    By Lawrence M. Siegel. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 9th ed.

    This guide from Nolo helps readers design an Individual Education Program for their special needs child. Readers will learn the eligibility rules and assessments required by law and what their child’s rights are with regard to their education. Containing forms and sample letters, along with tips for working with outside experts and meeting with school administrators, this books helps parents develop an individualized plan for their child.

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    By William M. McGovern; Sheldon F. Kurtz; David English. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 4th ed.

    "This book provides an analysis of the laws of intestate succession, wills, trusts, future interests, and the construction of wills and trusts. The book relies heavily on the provisions of the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Trust Code, and other uniform laws relating to the transfer of wealth. The book also includes an overview of the federal transfer tax laws." - from

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