In Texas, modifying a custody order involves a legal process that requires filing a petition with the court that issued the original order. The following are the general steps for modifying a custody order in Texas:
- Meet the requirements: To modify a custody order, you must meet certain requirements such as being the child’s parent or legal guardian, the child has been living in Texas for at least six months, and there is a significant change in circumstances that requires a modification of the order.
- Complete the forms: You will need to complete a Petition to Modify the Parent-Child Relationship form, which is available online on the Texas Law Help website or at the clerk’s office in the courthouse. The form will ask for information about the current custody order, the reason for the modification, and any other relevant information.
- File the petition: After completing the form, you must file the petition with the clerk’s office of the court that issued the original custody order. You will need to pay a filing fee, which may vary depending on the county.
- Serve the other party: You must serve a copy of the petition to the other parent or legal guardian, as well as any other parties involved in the custody case. Service can be done by mail or in person, and you will need to file a certificate of service with the court.
- Attend the hearing: After the other party is served, the court will schedule a hearing to review the petition. You and the other party must attend the hearing, and the court will consider evidence and make a decision on whether to modify the custody order.
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