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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
  • 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

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    Department of Family and Protective Services
  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    Travis County Law Library
  • 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

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    Parenting Order Legal Line ; Texas Legal Services Center
  • MOTION FOR MEDIATION PDF

    Motion for Mediation is a form that can be filed with the clerk once a law suit has been filed. Most judges will order the parties to meet with a mediator if one party asks for mediation. Mediation is a process where the parties meet with a person called a mediator who has no interest in the outcome of the dispute. The mediator will try to help the parties resolve their dispute without the time and cost of a full trial. You will not need an attorney to participate in mediation. You do not need to reach an agreement in mediation. This motion should be used together with the Mediation Order. Content Detail

  • Parenting Orders and Visitation PDF

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    By:
    Texas Legal Services Center
  • How to File an Appeal

    This how-to guide explains how to file an appeal to a court's decision and includes sample templates and explanations for the necessary paperwork and court-imposed deadlines. Content Detail

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    Texas Young Lawyers Association
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    Spanish / Español
  • Motion to Set Hearing - SAPCR PDF

    Some courts require the the petitioner to submit a motion in order to get a hearing date. Use these forms if your particular court requires a "motion to set" and "order setting hearing." Some courts only ask that you contact the other parent (the respondent) and come to an agreement as to the date and time of the hearing, and no extra form is necessary. Content Detail

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    Texas Legal Services Center