Texas

Custody/Visitation

Legal Resources

  • 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 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

    These forms explain what you need to do to get a final judgment when the other party will not respond to the lawsuit or appear in court. This kit includes instructions and explanations about what you must do, a checklist for the forms you need, and the actual forms you can use. 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
  • 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

    By:
    Legal Aid of Northwest Texas - Dallas
  • Visitation Handout PDF

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

    By:
    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

    By:
    Legal Aid of Northwest Texas - Dallas
  • Parenting Orders and Visitation PDF

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    By:
    Texas Legal Services Center
  • 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
    Chinese / 中文
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • Modifying Child Support, Child Custody, and Access - Fact Sheet

    Click this link for information on how you can change prior orders concerning children in Texas. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Chinese / 中文
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • 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

    By:
    Texas Legal Services Center