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  • 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
  • Modification Kit

    Here you will find all of the documents needed to modify your child support and custody orders. Please note that these forms can only be used when the modification is uncontested. Read More

    By:
    Partnership for Legal Access
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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

  • Advocates for Victims of Crime (AVOICE)

    2101 IH 35 South Suite 300 Austin, TX 78741
    888-343-4414
  • Authorization Agreeement - Appoint a Caregiver for Your Child PDF

    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_ Content Detail

    By:
    Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Common Questions about Child Custody

    What is custody in Texas? What does the court think about in making custody decisions? Will I get to see my kids after we get divorced? Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Austin
  • CourtCall

    Telephonic and video court appearance service provider. Many Texas judges currently have scheduled time slots open for teleconferences and video conferences through CourtCall. Judges or courts who currently do not work with CourtCall may allow you to use the service anyway. CourtCall will also provide free telephonic equipment and phone lines to a court seeking to use their service but lacks the current capacity to do so. Read More

    By:
    TexasLawHelp.org
  • 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
  • Default Judgment

    How to finish a case when the Respondent is properly served and does not file an Answer. Read More

    By:
    Travis County Law Library
  • General Affidavit (free form) PDF

    A General Affidavit is a written statement, sworn to be true, giving specific reasons to support the things you are asking a judge to do. It is required when you ask the court for "extraordinary" or extra special relief like removing someone from a home or protecting children from an abusive parent These forms have instructions on how to complete the affidavit and a blank affidavit form. Content Detail

    By:
    Travis County Law Library
  • Grandparents' Rights

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    By:
    Texas Legal Services Center
  • Motion For Continuance PDF

    Motion for Continuance should be used when the court notifies you that a hearing is scheduled and you are not ready to appear in court. You will need to have a Notary Public witness your signature. You will need to ask the court clerk to set the motion for a hearing. You will need to see that a copy of the hearing notice is given to the attorney on the other side of the case. Content Detail

  • Visitation Handout PDF

    Please click this link for information in Visitation in Texas. Content Detail

    By:
    Parenting Order Legal Line ; Texas Legal Services Center