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  • Becoming a Parent, Child Custody, & Visitation

    More information about becoming a parent, parental rights and obligations, child custody and visitation in Texas. Read More

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    Parenting Order Legal Line ; Texas Legal Services Center
  • Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR)

    A parent or other authorized person can ask a court for child custody, visitation, child support and medical support orders by filing a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (called a SAPCR). Read More

    By:
    Partnership for Legal Access
  • Visitation for Children under Age 3

    Visitation needs of children under age 3 are generally deemed by the courts to be different than the visitation for older children. Read More

  • Every Child Needs the Love of Both Parents: Non-custodial Parent's Guide

    This external website includes English and Spanish resources for parents who do not have primary custody of their children, sponsored by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the Texas Attorney General's Office. It contains legal information about custody, child support, visitation, grandparents' rights and paternity issues. It provides some forms that might be useful to a non-custodial parent. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
  • Non-Custodial Parents Handbook

    This handbook, by the Texas Attorney General's office is to inform noncustodial parents about paternity establishment and child support services. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) believes that children do better when they have the love and support of both parents. This guide is designed with that in mind. Read More

    By:
    Texas Attorney General
  • Co-Parenting Resources

    "Co-Parenting" (sometimes called "shared parenting") is when both parents work together as a team to raise their children, even after the marriage or romantic relationship is over. This is not a skill that most people are taught, so you may have to do some learning along the way to find out the best way to co-parent in your family. This guide will give you some helpful tips to start learning to co-parent.- Excerpt from "For Our Children: Learning to Work Together" by the Texas Attorney General's Office Read More

    By:
    Office of the Texas Attorney General
  • Visitation Enforcement Kit

    To enforce your visitation order and ask the court to hold the other parent in contempt, you must follow very specific rules when you try to exercise your visitation. Click this link for forms and instructions to enforce your visitation rights. Read More

    By:
    Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation; Parenting Order Legal Line
  • Changing Custody, Visitation, or Child Support: Instructions & Forms for Modification

    Instructions, information and forms to change a court order for custody, visitation, child support or medical support. Read More

    By:
    Partnership for Legal Access
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Appoint a Caregiver for Your Child: Authorization Agreeement

    As required by Senate Bill 1598, 81 Regular Session, DFPS developed The Authorization Agreement for Non Parent Relative, Form 2638. The form is not a Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) form, and is intended for use by parents and certain relatives in order to permit relatives to take specified actions and obtain services on behalf of a child. DFPS cannot provide legal advice to members of the public regarding the use of this form. Should you have questions about how to use this form, DFPS encourages you to consult with a lawyer whose practice includes family law and custody issues. For more information on how to locate a lawyer, visit the State Bar of Texas lawyer referral website at: http://texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Lawyer_Referral_Service_LRIS_ Read More

    By:
    Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Grandparents' Rights

    Because parents have a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the care, custody and control of their children, a grandparent's rights may be limited when they disagree with a parent's decision. This page gives more information about the ways in which a grandparent might gain the right to make decisions for a parent or instead of a parent. Read More

    By:
    Texas Legal Services Center
  • Child Support through the Texas Attorney General's Office

    Click here for more information from the Attorney General's Office about Child Support through the Attorney General. Read More

  • Child Custody in Texas - Fact Sheet

    Click this link for information on child custody in Texas including information on Standard Possession Orders, Sole Custody, and more. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
    Chinese / 中文
  • Pregnancy, Parenting, and Depression Resource List

    Both pregnancy and parenting can be surprisingly difficult. This is true for both first time and experienced parents because each pregnancy and child may be different. This resource list, by the Texas Department of State Health Services, gives the names and addresses of professional organizations that help people address their pregnancy, parenting, and depression needs. Read More

    By:
    Texas Department of State Health Services.
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español