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Instructions and Forms for Request and Order for Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Adult Caregiver

These instructions explain the basic steps for a parent or adult caregiver to seek a court’s permission to execute (sign) an Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Adult Caregiver under Texas Family Code Chapter 34. Each step includes a link to the form or forms needed for that step.

Some commonly asked questions:

WARNING! These basic instructions provide general information, not legal advice. It’s a good idea to talk with a lawyer about your particular situation.

A lawyer is trained to protect your legal rights. Even if you decide to represent yourself, try to talk to a lawyer about your case before filing anything. You can hire a lawyer just to review your forms. This is called limited scope representationYou may also be able to talk with a lawyer for free at a legal clinic. If you need help finding a lawyer, you can:
 

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Step 1: Fill out the court forms.

Fill out the following forms:

This form should be filled out according to the instructions; however, it should not be signed or notarized until after the court gives permission for you to execute it.

This form asks the judge to grant approval for you to execute (sign and make effective) the Authorization Agreement. The cause number, court number, county, and style at the top of the page should all be the same as your existing court order regarding the children for whom you are executing the Authorization Agreement.

The cause number, court number, county, and style at the top of the page should all be the same as your existing court order regarding the children for whom you are executing the Authorization Agreement.

 

Note: If you do not have an existing court order regarding your child and if there is no pending litigation, then you do not have to get the court’s permission in order to execute the Authorization Agreement.

 

 

Step 2: Ask the Judge to Sign the Order.

Fill in the Order Approving Execution of an Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Adult Caregiver. Do not write in the date until you know what date you are going to see the judge. 

 

The cause number, court number, county, and style at the top of the page should all be the same as your existing court order regarding the children for whom you are executing the Authorization Agreement.

 

Because you are not required to serve any parties or give anyone notice of a hearing, you can contact your clerk’s office and ask them when your court has an “uncontested docket” or when the judge might be free to review your request. You may or may not be required to file your Request form in order to see the judge. Your local Clerk can tell you the procedures for your county and court.

 

When you see the judge, you can hand him or her a copy of your Request for Approval, the Order for them to sign, and the Authorization Agreement that has been filled out but not executed (signed). The judge may ask you a few questions about why the Authorization Agreement needs to be executed.

 

Once the judge signs the Order, you should attach it to the back of your Authorization Agreement and execute (sign) the Authorization Agreement.

 

Remember to follow all requirements for giving notice to the other parent(s) if they did not sign the Authorization Agreement. If you do not give proper notice then the Authorization Agreement is void (not valid).