Asking the Court to Allow an Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Adult Caregiver
This article about asking the court to allow an authorization agreement for a nonparent adult caregiver was written by Texas Legal Services Center.
If there is already a court order—like a divorce—saying who makes decisions about a child's life, you may need to ask the judge for permission to sign a written Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Adult Caregiver.
You also need the court's permission to sign an Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Adult Caregiver if there is an open custody case.
See the Request for Approval to Execute an Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Adult Caregiver. It is possible that one or more of the three options listed under number three on the Request form may apply to your case. Read the form, and if you can check at least one box, then the court’s permission must be granted before the Authorization Agreement can be signed.
Who can file this request? Either:
- One or both of the parents who are signing the Authorization Agreement, or
- The nonparent adult caregiver who will be providing care for the child.
Note: Ideally, both the agreeing parent(s) and the nonparent caregiver will go to court so that the judge can speak to each of them; however, it is possible for only one person to go to court to get the judge’s permission. The person going to court should be the one filling out and filing the Request.
In general, if a court has issued a final order regarding a child, and no action has been taken to transfer the case to another court, then that court still has continuing exclusive jurisdiction over the child. This means that the court is the court that has the power to make court orders about that child. See Texas Family Code chapter 155.
Note: Even if you have never gone to court, you may still have a court order if you have applied for or been referred for child support through the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
You can also use the Inquiry On Court Of Continuing Jurisdiction For A Child to identify the court that has exclusive jurisdiction in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.
Chapter 34 of the Texas Family Code does not require you to serve anyone with a copy of this Request before you ask the court for permission to execute the Authorization Agreement.
But if the request is granted and the Authorization Agreement is executed, you must give notice to a parent who did not sign the Authorization Agreement. A copy of the executed Authorization Agreement must be mailed (certified mail, return receipt requested) to the other parent’s last known address within 10 days after the date the Authorization Agreement is signed.
TexasLawHelp has a form Request for Approval to Execute an Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Adult Caregiver.
This is the form that the judge will sign to give you permission to execute (sign) the Authorization Agreement. You should fill out the cause number, style, court number, and County before going to court.
Both the agreeing parent and the nonparent caregiver should sign their name at the bottom of the order to show the judge that they are in agreement with the Order.