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This toolkit tells you how to ask for a custody, visitation, child support and medical support order if (1) you are a grandparent or other nonparent, and (2) there are no existing court orders about the child. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.  
This kit is intended for use ONLY in an emergency child custody case when a child is in danger. It is NOT intended for use in cases that only involve basic (non-emergency) child custody or child support issues. 
This toolkit tells you about going to court to get temporary authorization for care of minor children when you do not have written authorization from a parent, guardian, or conservator of a child. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.     
This article about amending petitions in family law matters was written by Texas Legal Services Center.
This article about asking the court to allow an authorization agreement for a nonparent adult caregiver was written by Texas Legal Services Center.  
This article provides an overview of attorneys ad litem and amicus attorneys in family law cases.  
A parent can sign an “Authorization Agreement” form to give a close relative or approved nonrelative the authority to care for and make decisions for a child. Unlike a court order, an Authorization Agreement can be cancelled by the parent at any time.
This article answers frequently asked questions about changing an existing custody, visitation, child support, medical support, or dental support order. LINK TO FORMS INCLUDED.   
In Texas, the legal word for child custody is “conservatorship.” This article tells you about child custody (conservatorship) in Texas, including how to file or respond to a custody case. LINKS TO FORMS INCLUDED.   
Unless you meet certain legal requirements, you must wait at least a year before going back to court to change primary custody of a child. This article tells you about those legal requirements. LINK TO FORMS INCLUDED.
This article tells you about child support, medical support, and dental support in Texas, including how to get or change a child support order. LINK TO FORMS INCLUDED.  
In Texas, a visitation order is called a “possession order.” This article tells you about possession orders, including how get or change a possession order. SAMPLE POSSESSION ORDER FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
This article contains information on a way certain non-parents can be allowed to consent to medical treatment of a minor child. This article was developed by the Texas Kincare Taskforce. Links to a FORM to consent to medical treatment by a non-parent is included. 
This article tells you about court fees and fee waivers. FEE WAIVER FORM INCLUDED.
This video was created by Lone Star Legal Aid. It addresses family law issues that come up during the COVID-19 crisis.  
This article answers questions about custody disputes between a parent and a nonparent in a modification case where there is an existing custody order under which one or both parents were found to be fit and appoint managing conservators.  
This article was written by TexasLawHelp. It was last updated August 5, 2020. 
This article contains answers to common questions about how to get court-ordered temporary authority to care of a child. This article was written by Texas Legal Services Center.   
This interactive handbook by the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families describes what happens when CPS investigates a family or removes a child from the home. What are your rights? Who are all the different people working on the case? What can you expect when you go to court? What...
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.