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  • Becoming a Parent, Child Custody, & Visitation

    More information about becoming a parent, parental rights and obligations, child custody and visitation in Texas. Read More

    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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Appoint a Caregiver for Your Child: Authorization Agreeement

    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