The Parent-Child Relationship in Texas Law
Court orders created for the purposes of addressing the needs of a child are lawsuits affecting the "parent-child relationship".
Whenever a divorce cases filed in the state of Texas and the parties have children their divorce case will automatically include a suit affecting parent-child relationship. Sometimes if a married couple is separated but not divorced one of the parents may file a suit to deal with custody issues such as how to certain decisions will be made for their child, visitation, geographic restriction on residence, child support, etc.
The office of the Attorney General may also file a suit if the child is receiving some form of public assistance or if a parent requests the assistance of the office of the Attorney General.
If the parents of the child are not married there may be a request for the court to legally establish or adjudicate the parent-child relationship between the child and the child's biological father.
Finally, in cases where the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services becomes involved due to allegations of abuse or neglect, or if the child is removed from the parents custody either temporarily or permanently, CPS may file a suit in order serve the best interests of the child. CPS may also file a suit in order to establish paternity in cases where there is a question as to who the biological father is.
John Q. Lawyer
Attorney at Law
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