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Texas Child Custody Form or Order in Suit to Modify The Parent-Child Relationship is a document intended to request the honorable judge to amend various permissions, support, and visitation pertaining to child/ren.


This document has 12 sections and filling the factual information in every section is necessary. Read this document clearly and define the roles of petitioner and respondent/s using the provisions offered in the form. Texas Family Code, Chapter 156 governs the Partnership for Legal Access – Modification Order form. The form requires furnishing information in the text as well as a selection of options by marking the appropriate boxes. Use black or blue ink to fill the form.


Enter the cause number, type of court, and the name of the county exactly as it is in the original order under the request for modification. Continue by entering the name/s of child/ren each on a separate line.

Type petitioner’s legal name in Section 1 Appearance and select between the 2 choices to confirm the status of the presence of the petitioner. Furnish the information about Respondent A, B, and C as applicable. Mention the respondent’s name followed by selecting the right option of presence. Check all the boxes that apply. Furnish information for available respondent and skip in case of absence.

Select the option for waiver/selection of a jury if requested and mark the appropriate box in Section 3, Jury. The next section 4, Record requires the input of the choices if the hearing is recorded or not. Check appropriate box.

Section 5, Children has space for furnishing the details of the child/ren. Use a separate line for entering the details of each child. Mention name of the child, sex, date and place of birth, and present address in the respective spaces. Mark the right option followed by entering the name of the person in the appropriate space in the section 6, Consent by Person with Right to Designate Primary Residence.

Texas Child Custody Form

Findings, section 7 requires selection of one choice by the judge, among three listed there about the acceptance or refusal of the petition.

Section 8, Orders requires the choice of selection between the denial of modification or acceptance for modification under the orders set in the next lines. It has space reserved for the title of the order/s and the date on the court signs the order. Selection of appropriate choices from subsection 8a Conservatorship (Custody), 8b Rights And Duties, 8c Possession And Access (Visitation), 8d Child Support, and 8e Medical Support is crucial. Please select only box from two options for each subsection as applicable.

Section 12 Date of Judgment has spaces for judge’s signature and date. Attach all the necessary exhibits and mark in the box before the name of the exhibit. Enclosing these supporting documents is very necessary. The petitioner, respondent A, respondent B, and respondent C must sign on the spaces provided for the same in the last portion of the Order in Suit to Modify The Parent-Child Relationship to complete it.

Text version of this Form

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(Fill in Cause number and court information exactly as it is written on the orders you want to change.)

In the interest of (List children):

1 Name: ______________________________ Cause No:

2 Name: ______________________________

3 Name: ______________________________ In the _________ District County

Court of:

4 Name: ______________________________

5 Name: ______________________________ _______________ County, Texas

6 Name: ______________________________

Order in Suit to Modify

The Parent-Child Relationship

Today, this case came before the Court for a hearing.

1. Appearances

Petitioner

The Petitioner’s name is: _______________________________________________________.

First Middle Last

(Check one.)

The Petitioner was present, representing him/herself, and has agreed to the terms of this

Order.

The Petitioner was not present but has signed below, agreeing to the terms of this Order.

Respondent A

Respondent A’s name is ________________________________________________________.

First Middle Last

(Check one.)

Respondent A was present, representing him/herself, and agrees to the terms in this Order.

Respondent A was not present but was served, filed an Answer, or signed a Waiver of

Citation, and:

(Check all that apply.)

has signed below, agreeing to the terms in this Order.

agreed in the Waiver that the judge can finalize the case, without giving the

Respondent notice of this hearing.

has defaulted. The Petitioner has filed a Certificate of Last Known Address and an

Affidavit of Non-Military Status. (Ask the Judge to have a court reporter record your testimony.)

Respondent B: Check this box if there is no Respondent B, and skip to section 2.

Respondent B’s name is ________________________________________________________.

First Middle Last

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(Check one.)

Respondent B was present, representing him/herself, and agrees to the terms in this Order.

Respondent B was not present but was served, filed an Answer, or signed a Waiver of

Citation, and:

(Check all that apply.)

has signed below, agreeing to the terms in this Order.

agreed in the Waiver that the judge can finalize the case, without giving the

Respondent notice of this hearing.

has defaulted. The Petitioner has filed a Certificate of Last Known Address and an

Affidavit of Non-Military Status. (Ask the Judge to have a court reporter record your testimony.)

Respondent C: Check this box if there is no Respondent C, and skip to section 2.

Respondent C’s name is _____________________________________________________.

First Middle Last

(Check one.)

Respondent C was present, representing him/herself, and agrees to the terms in this Order.

Respondent C was not present but was served, filed an Answer, or signed a Waiver of

Citation, and:

(Check all that apply.)

has signed below, agreeing to the terms in this Order.

agreed in the Waiver that the judge can finalize the case, without giving the Respondent

notice of this hearing.

has defaulted. The Petitioner has filed a Certificate of Last Known Address and an

Affidavit of Non-Military Status. (Ask the Judge to have a court reporter record your testimony.)

2. Jurisdiction

The Court finds that it has jurisdiction of this case and all of the parties. All persons entitled to

citation were properly cited.

3. Jury

(Check one.)

A jury was waived, and all questions of fact and of law were submitted to the Court.

A jury was selected, questions of fact were submitted to the jury, and a verdict was returned

and filed.

4. Record

A Court reporter:

(Check one.)

did not record today’s hearing because the parties and judge agreed not to make a record.

recorded today’s hearing.

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5. Children

The following children are the subject of this case.

Child’s name Sex Date of Birth Place of Birth Current Address

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

6. Consent by Person with Right to Designate Primary Residence

(Check one.)

________________________________________, who has the exclusive right to designate

the primary residence of the children, has consented to the terms of this order as evidenced

by his/her signature below.

________________________________________, who has the exclusive right to designate

the primary residence of the children, has not consented to the terms of this order.

No one in this case has the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the

children.

7. Findings

(Check one.)

The Court finds that the petition to modify should be denied.

The Court finds that the material allegations in the petition to modify are true and that the

requested modification is in the best interest of the children.

The Court finds that the parties have entered into an agreement regarding the requested

modification and that the agreement is in the best interest of the children.

8. Orders

(Check one.)

IT IS ORDERED that all relief requested in the petition to modify is DENIED.

IT IS ORDERED that the orders listed below are modified as set out below.

Title of Order Date signed by Court

1. / /

2. / /

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8a. Conservatorship (Custody)

(Check one.)

The orders concerning conservatorship are not modified.

The orders concerning conservatorship are modified as set out in Exhibit: Conservatorship

(Custody), Rights and Duties Order, which is attached to and incorporated into this order for

all purposes. (Attach Exhibit: Conservatorship (Custody), Rights and Duties Order.)

8b. Rights And Duties

(Check one.)

The orders concerning rights and duties are not modified.

The orders concerning rights and duties are modified as set out in Exhibit: Conservatorship

(Custody), Rights and Duties Order, which is attached to and incorporated into this order for

all purposes. (Attach Exhibit: Conservatorship (Custody), Rights and Duties Order.)

8c. Possession And Access (Visitation)

(Check one.)

The orders concerning possession or access (visitation) are not modified.

The orders concerning possession or access (visitation) are modified set out in Exhibit:

Possession and Access (Visitation) Order, which is attached and incorporated into this order

for all purposes. (Attach Exhibit: Possession and Access (Visitation) Order.)

8d. Child Support

(Check one.)

The orders concerning child support are not modified.

The orders concerning child support are modified as set out in Exhibit: Child Support Order,

which is attached to and incorporated into this order for all purposes. (Attach Exhibit: Child

Support Order.)

8e. Medical Support

(Check one.)

The orders concerning medical support are not modified.

The orders concerning medical support are modified as set out in Exhibit: Medical Support

Order, which is attached and incorporated into this order for all purposes. (Attach Exhibit:

Medical Support Order.)

9. Court Costs

All court costs shall be paid by the person who incurred the costs.

10. Clarifying Orders

Without affecting the finality of this Order in Suit to Modify the Parent-Child Relationship, this

Court expressly reserves the right to make orders necessary to clarify and enforce this order

11. Relief Not Granted

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that all relief requested in this case and not expressly granted

is denied.

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THIS IS A FINAL ORDER.

12. Date Of Judgment

Signed on ________________________ _________________________________

JUDGE PRESIDING

The following exhibits are attached to and fully incorporated into this Order:

(CHECK and attach all that apply.)

Exhibit: Conservatorship (Custody) Order

Exhibit: Rights and Duties Order

Exhibit: Possession and Access (Visitation) Order

Exhibit: Child Support Order

Exhibit: Medical Support Order

Exhibit: Family Information

I AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS ORDER:

Petitioner Respondent A:

Petitioner’s Signature Respondent A’s Signature

Respondent B:

Respondent A’s Signature

Respondent C:

Respondent A’s Signature

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