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  • Appoint a Caregiver for Your Child: Authorization Agreement

    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

    Department of Family and Protective Services
  • 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

    Partnership for Legal Access
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  • 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

  • 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

    Texas Attorney General
  • 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

    Texas Department of State Health Services.
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  • 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

    Texas Legal Services Center
  • 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