Step 2: Choose a Toolkit or Article.
A Toolkit includes Forms, Instructions, Frequently Asked Questions and related Articles. Toolkits have this symbol:
An Article provides basic information about a topic. Some Articles include Forms. Articles have this symbol:
This article about amending petitions in family law matters was written by Texas Legal Services Center.
This article tells you how and when to update your address and other personal information with the court and others. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
This article tells you about court fees and fee waivers. FEE WAIVER FORM INCLUDED.
This article explains what to expect if you are ordered to appear in a IV-D Court (also known as child support court). This article should not be considered legal advice, and doesn’t replace legal advice. It won’t explain every legal action that can happen in IV-D Court—just the most common ones.
If you need more time to get ready for a court hearing or trial, you may be able to get a continuance. A "continuance" changes the date of a court hearing or trial to a later date. This article tells you how to ask the judge for a continuance. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
This article tells you how to dismiss (cancel) your family law case. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
This article tells you how to file an answer in a family law case (such as a divorce, custody, paternity, or modification case). ANSWER FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
If nothing happens in your case for a while, it can be “dismissed for want of prosecution” (called a DWOP for short). This article tells you how to ask the judge to: (1) retain - keep your case open or (2) reinstate - reopen your case if it has already been dismissed. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
This article tells you how to serve the initial court papers in a family law case (such as a divorce, custody, modification, child's name change, or paternity case).
This article tells you how to serve your spouse with the initial divorce papers.
This article tells you how to set a contested final hearing in a family law case. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
The article tells you how to ask the judge to set aside (cancel) a default judgment made without you.
This article contains a guide with information and resources for people representing themselves in a divorce, with resources and information specific to the Dallas, Texas, area. This article was written by the Dallas Bar Association.
This article discusses serving incarcerated persons in Texas with citation and documents in a family law case.
This article tells you about service by posting. To print out both the instructions and forms, click here.
This article tells you how to serve the other parent by publication. For the instructions and forms combined for publication in a divorce with children, click here.
This article explains how you serve a family law respondent who lives in Mexico.
This handbook tells you about Harris County family courts and other family law issues.
This article tells you general information on what to do and not to do in a courtroom.