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This article contains information on kinship placements. When a child is removed from his or her biological parents, Child Protective Services (“CPS”) will try to place the children with a family member first. This is called “kinship care” or “relative care.” A benefit of kinship placement is that the child will be able to have...
Texas Legal Services Center - Medical-Legal Partnerships has created a prenatal legal check up to help pregnant people in Texas. 
This article provides information for those representing themselves in a simple (uncontested) divorce, along with discussions about division of marital property and issues concerning children. Also provides tips on court etiquette and deadlines. It was written by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.  
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 answers some common questions about how to help an incarcerated friend or family member with their family law issues.   
This article addresses common law marriage between same-sex couples in Texas.   
This article addresses same-sex marriage in Texas. 
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 article contains a link to a tool designed to allow you to input the details of your visitation and custody order and generate a customized calendar of the visitation and custody dates to print out. This was created by Texas Legal Services Center.   
This article explains the use of standing orders in some Texas counties. A standing order is a court order that automatically takes effect (starts) when a case is filed.  
This article answers frequently asked questions about stepparent adoption in Texas. This article was written by TexasLawHelp.   
This article provides information how grandparents taking care of grandchildren can get access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. This is a federal program to provide money and help to needy families with dependent children. This article was written by the Legal Hotline for Texans at the Texas Legal Services...
This article tells you about temporary orders and temporary restraining orders (TROs) in family law cases.   
This article contains information on terminating parental rights. This article was written by TexasLawHelp staff. 
This article tells you about adopting a child in Texas.
Texas does not have legal separation, so this article explains how to protect your legal rights when you are not, for whatever reason, ready to divorce.