1. Reciprocals (UIFSA):
Actions involving child support in which the case
has been received from another court outside the state.
suit brought by a party to a marriage to dissolve that
marriage pursuant to Family Code, Chapter 6.
3. Motions to
modify: Actions to modify previously granted divorce
decrees, or other judgments or decrees, in such
matters as amount of child support, child custody
orders, and other similar motions which are filed under
the original cause number.
Annulment is a legal procedure for declaring a marriage
null and void. Unlike divorce, it is retroactive: an
annulled marriage is considered never to have
Adoption is the process of legally replacing one or both
parents with a new parent or parents. Adoption is a
permanent process. The rights of the parents are
terminated, and the child to be adopted becomes the
legal child of the adopting parents. Once the
adoption is completed, the order is not reviewed,
and the court documents are usually sealed.
6. Changes of
name: The Courts are often willing to accept name
changes for almost any legitimate reason. However, the
granting of a Petition for Change of Name is
discretionary with the Court. For an order of name
change to be granted, the Court must find compliance
with the requirements of notice and the requirements for
the allegations in the Petition. The Court must also
find good and sufficient reason for the change and find
the change consistent with the public interest.
7. Termination of
parental rights: Termination of the Parent-Child
Relationship is a legal proceeding to remove the natural
parents as the persons responsible for the care and
control of a child. Once a parent’s rights have been
terminated, they no longer have a legal relationship
with a child.
Protective Service cases: CPS believes that children
should not be removed from their homes except to protect
them from abuse or neglect and when there are no
reasonable efforts CPS can make to provide for the
children’s safety and prevent their removal. CPS is
allowed by law to remove children for abuse and neglect
or for being at risk of abuse or neglect only after a
court orders it or when there is no time consistent with
the health and safety of the child to obtain a court
order and the person taking possession of the child has
sufficient knowledge or reason to believe:
* there is an
immediate danger to the physical health or safety of the
* the child has
been the victim of sexual abuse;
* the person with
possession of the child is currently using a controlled
substance and the use constitutes an immediate danger to
the physical health or safety of the child; or
* the person with
possession of the child has permitted the child to
remain on premises used for the manufacture of
information visit Texas Department of Family and
Protective Services .
9. Removal of
disability of minority: A minor may petition to have
the disabilities of minority removed for limited or
general purposes if the minor is:
a resident of this
17 years of age, or at least 16 years of age and living
separate and apart from the minor's parents,
conservator, or guardian; and
(3) self-supporting and managing the minor's own
10. Suit to
Establish Parent-Child Relationship: An action to
determine parentage and/or for orders establishing
custody, visitation and child support.
Order: A court order that protects you from someone who
has been violent or threatened to be violent.
12. Motion to
Enforce: § 157.001 Family Code
motion for enforcement as provided in this chapter may
be filed to enforce a final order for conservatorship,
child support, possession of or access to a child, or
other provisions of a final order.
court may enforce by contempt a final order for
possession of and access to a child as provided in this
court may enforce a final order for child support as
provided in this chapter or Chapter 158.
motion for enforcement shall be filed in the court of
continuing, exclusive jurisdiction.