Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.
A self-help child custody guide written in everyday language. It includes ready-to-use forms with step-by-step instructions. It provides a brief overview of child custody issues and how to research the law.
This book contains a subchapter titled "Suit for Termination." Arranged in outline form, this section provides details on the process from start to finish, including the contents of the petition.
About This Guide
This research guide is intended to help you locate accurate legal information about child custody, support, and visitation in Texas. The information on this page is geared toward pro se and self-represented litigants who wish to take care of things without an attorney.
Click on the "Practice Aids" tab to access a list of practice aids geared towards attorneys (but also useful for self-represented litigants) that are available at the library.
Texas and Federal Law
Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Family Code that govern child support, custody and visitation. You will also find references to areas of federal law that govern parental kidnapping and child support.
If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the "plain English" resources listed on this page, visit a law library to access other self-help publications, or speak to an attorney.
Chapters 101 through 266 of the Family Code govern issues that affect the parent-child relationship, including child custody (referred to as "conservatorship"), child support, modification and enforcement.
This informative page from the Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, covers a range of issues related to custody and support. Topics include: agency services, paternity, minor parents, enforcement, license suspension, custody and visitation, mistaken paternity, private collection agencies, community services and volunteer program, and child support fees.
This informative website provided by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas is aimed towards non-custodial parents. It provides common questions and answers, basic forms, and explanations of many common issues associated with visitation and support. This site also provides information about obtaining a lawyer and a hotline for brief legal information.
This is a guide, provided by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, on family law court proceedings. It provides a close look at the legal process for those unfamiliar with court proceedings in an effort to make the experience less difficult.
These forms are provided by organziations as a courtesy and are not a substitute for legal advice.
This form kit from Texas Law Help provides documents to assist in modifying existing court orders for child custody and support. Please refer to the LiveHelp chat feature on the right side of their home page for assistance with using these forms.
These documents from Texas Law Help establish child custody, visitation, and support orders for parents who are not divorcing or involved in a paternity suit. There are forms available for both agreed and contested cases. Please refer to the LiveHelp chat feature on the right side of their home page for assistance with using these forms.
These forms, provided by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, may be useful for non-custodial parents. Included are basic affidavits, motions, and a demand letter for visitation. Please contact their legal hotline for assistance with these forms.
Who Can I Contact?
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This toll-free hotline, provided by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, provides provides basic legal information, education and resources to non-custodial parents throughout Texas. The attorneys on this hotline cannot provide legal representation but can provide referrals and brief information.
"As the official child support enforcement agency for the State of Texas, the Office of the Attorney General provides services for parents who wish to obtain or provide support for their children." --website
If you are filing on the uncontested docket (meaning both parties agree) in Travis County, the reference attorney is available to review forms and assist with the process. The reference attorney cannot represent either party.
Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library
The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.
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