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Instructions & Forms for Modification

Changing a Court Order for Custody, Visitation, or Child Support

You can ask the court to change an existing order about a child by filing a modification case. The court can change conservatorship (custody), possession and access (visitation), child support, and/or medical support.
 

MODIFICATION INSTRUCTIONS & FORMS

FORMS filed by the Petitioner to start the case:

●    Petition to Modify the Parent Child Relationship

●    Information on Suit Affecting the Family Relationship (Must be printed on one page – front and back. A hard copy of this form may be available at your District Clerk’s Office)

●    Declaration in Support of Changing Primary Custody within One Year (only if you are 1) asking that custody be changed and 2) it has been less than one year since the Court made the order you want changed)

●    Out-of-State Party Declaration (only if you or another person named as a party in your case live outside of Texas)

FORMS filed by the Respondent(s):

●    Waiver of Service Only (Specific Waiver) or Respondent’s Original Answer

●    Out-of-State Party Declaration (only if you or another person named as a party in your case live outside of Texas)

FORMS to fill out that the Judge must sign:

●    Order to Modify the Parent Child Relationship (Order form)

You must also fill-out and attach one or more of the following forms to the Order form:

  1. If child support will be changed fill-out and attach the: Child Support Order, & Income Withholding Order (IWO)
  2. If medical support will be changed fill-out and attach the: Medical Support Order

3. If custody will be changed, fill-out and attach one of the following:

  1.  If possession of the child/ren (visitation) will be changed, fill-out and attach one of the following possession order forms or insert a different possession order form.

●    Standard Possession Order→  Use this form if one parent will have primary custody and the other parent will have standard visitation.

Note:Do not use the Standard Possession Order if it’s not safe for your child/ren or not workable for your family.  A lawyer can help you write a possession order that is appropriate for your case.  If you have questions call the Family Law Hotline at 1-800-777-FAIR or the Lawyer Referral Information Service at 1-800-252-9690.

●    Modified Possession Order (Non-Parent is Managing Conservator  →    Use this form if a non-parent will be the managing conservator of the child/ren.


Need Additional Information?

Read the following:

●    Fact Sheets at www.TexasLawHelp.org:

o   Modifying Child Support, Custody and Access Fact Sheet

o   Common Questions about Custody

o   Child Support Fact Sheet

o   Answers to Questions about Child Support in Texas

●    Family Law Handbook, a Houston Bar Association publication, available click here!