As 2015 rolled to a close, the Texas legislature was busy making bills that directly affect family law. The changes to various provisions of the Texas Family Code could potentially affect a wide range of people and the legal activities as they pertain to their families. Here’s what you need to know about the laws that became effective on September 1, 2015.
The list above is not a comprehensive one. If you have a legal matter in involving a child in the state of Texas, it is in your best interests to contact an attorney that is well versed in the newest modifications to the Texas Family Code. Contact Mann Family Law today for knowledgeable and professional legal services.
- In House Bill 1447, the Code of Criminal Procedure was amended to expand the people who can file a protective order on behalf of certain victims of stalking, sexual abuse, trafficking and sexual assault. In addition, this bill entitles the victims, or their parent or legal guardian, to more rights as crime victims in regards to the protective order.
- Senate Bill 314 changed the Family Code in regards to which information the Department of Family and Protective Services is required to give to a non-parent who has been appointed by the court as a child’s managing conservator.
- In Senate Bill 815, the types of activities that a court can prohibit using a temporary restraining order issued as a marriage is dissolved were expanded.
- House Bill 1500 changed the language of the Family Code to require a person who wishes to file a motion whose purpose is to modify the relationship of the parent and child. This bill requires that person to attach an affidavit to this motion that attests to and provides supporting evidence that the circumstances of the child’s present situation significantly impact and impair his or her emotional development and physical health.
- In House Bill 826, the Family Code was changed to require that a modification to a child support order contain a statement detailing the circumstances supporting a change to that order.
- Senate Bill 550 provides the court the authority to issue an order for dental support when there is a suit in which the relationship of the parent and child is affected or when a proceeding involves the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. The Insurance Code, Family Code, Labor Code and Government Code have been changed to reflect this ruling.
- Under Senate Bill 818, the Family Code was modified to stipulate that each guardian of the child must divulge certain information to the other guardian of the child if the guardian is involved in a certain context with a person who is a final protective order’s subject or if the guardian is the subject of this type of order. Deadlines were established for notification of this information and failure to do so is deemed a Class C misdemeanor.