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Texas Supreme Court 7th Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster

Posted by Helene Parker | Mar 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court of Texas has been busy reminding parents to follow their respective court orders regarding visitation.  In its latest Order, the Supreme Court of Texas has clarified that your current court order regarding visitation shall remain the same. 

Shelter-in-place, stay-at-home orders issued by our government does not change your current visitation order unless you and the other parent reach an agreement to modify the terms. 

Remember, if you and the other parent wish to modify your visitation order in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, make sure it's in writing to protect your position.  The last thing you want to deal with is a lawsuit filed by the other parent alleging that you withheld the child and you don't have written proof that both of you had entered into an agreement to modify the existing visitation order.  Not only would the lawsuit cost both sides money, it also devolves into a "he said she said", and the parent who withholds the child from the other parent could very well be held in contempt and ordered to pay the other side's attorney's fees.

See below for the Supreme Court's order on this issue:

Supreme Court of Texas 7th Emergency Order.pdf
Current court orders regarding visitation remain in place

About the Author

Helene Parker

Ms. Parker has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1997.  She is Board Certified in Family Law. Ms. Parker received her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton in History and Art.  Cal State Fullerton was not Ms. Parkers first university; she spent her freshman year at American Uni...

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