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  • The Basics: Becoming a Parent, Custody, & Visitation PDF

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

    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

    Partnership for Legal Access
  • Common Questions: Child Custody, Visitation and Support

    This links to a website of 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. Content Detail

    Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
  • 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

  • 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

    Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation; Parenting Order Legal Line
  • 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

    Office of the Texas Attorney General
  • 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

    Partnership for Legal Access
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  • Appoint a Caregiver for Your Child: Authorization Agreeement 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

    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

    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. Content Detail