Texas Family Code — View the full text of all Texas state laws relating to family law proceedings. The first three titles in the family code address marriage, children, and the juvenile justice code. The final two titles cover protective orders and family violence as well as suits affecting the parent-child relationship.
Harris County Family Courts | Harris County District Courts — Visit the Harris County District Courts website to learn more about the family court judges. You can access court information and related documents and forms. The website also provides answers to frequently asked questions.
Child Support | Access and Visitation Help | Texas Attorney General — On this section of the Texas Attorney General website, you can find the Access and Visitation online directory, a compilation of community services available to families to facilitate shared parenting after separation or divorce. You can search the directory by searching services offered or by using the interactive map. The Texas Access and Visitation Hotline provides noncustodial and custodial parents with free phone access to parenting time specialists who provide legal information related to child custody and visitation issues, as well as paternity and child support information.
Child Support | Welcome to the Child Support Division — Use this website to learn more about the Child Support Program in Texas. Check the status of your case, access various forms, and find answers to frequently asked questions. You can also make a child support payment and find a child support location.
CHIP and Children’s Medicaid | How to Get Help | Your Texas Benefits — The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. Use this website to start your application for CHIP and Children’s Medicaid. You can also learn more about services covered under CHIP and Children’s Medicaid.
Father Involvement Programs for Organizations and Families | NFI — The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) identifies itself as “the nation’s leading non-profit organization working to end father absence.” Visit this website to learn more about the NFI and some of its programs. You can find information about strategic planning.
Older Adults & Aging Programs | Family & Community Health — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Family and Community Health (FCH) unit helps Texans better their lives through science-based educational programs designed to improve the overall health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities. Visit this section of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s website to learn more about caregiver and support resources, adult children and aging parents, and Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. You can also learn about other programs relating to physical activity, passenger and commuter safety, and children and families.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline — The enactment of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) led to the creation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The Hotline’s mission is to “answer the call to support and shift power back to people affected by relationship abuse.” On this website, you can learn more about definitions of abuse, healthy relationships, and other download materials.
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) | Department of Justice — The enactment of VAWA also led to the creation of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The OVW was tasked with implementing VAWA and subsequent legislation. Use this website to learn more about the agency.
Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) — The TCFV promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence. You can learn more about family violence programs on this website. You can also find information about upcoming events.