IN THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES, PLEASE ALLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO SERVE AS COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR PRO SE PARTIES WITH UNCONTESTED FAMILY LAW MATTERS
note that the office of the Friend of the Courts is not open for in-person
meetings during this time.
follow the instructions below:
In order to have your
uncontested, agreed, family law matter finalized by the Court, you must
pick up a submission packet from the District Clerk’s office. Please follow all
instructions provided in the packet and complete all forms that pertain to your
case type. Once your case is COMPLETED
for final review by the Court, you may submit your packet back to the District
Clerk’s office for review by the Friend of the Courts.
If you are unsure if your case
is completed and ready for final review by the Court, please refer to the
following website for instructions and forms: www.texaslawhelp.org.
The Friend of the Courts shall
only approve paperwork for final
review by the Court that is uncontested, completed (leaving no blanks), agreed
to and signed by all
necessary parties. If your case is contested, incomplete or not signed by all
parties, your packet will be returned to you. You will be notified to pick it
up at the office of the Friend of the Courts.
Once the Friend of the Courts
has reviewed your paperwork, you will be contacted regarding the status of your
case. Please allow 10-14 days for review. If your case is approved by the
Friend of the Courts, it will be submitted to the Court in which your cases is
in for final review by the Judge. If your case is not approved, you will be
notified as to the reasons why.
Default Matters – Please be
advised that the Family Law Courts are not
conducting Default Hearings at this time under the COVID-19 Order. If you are
seeking a default judgment, you are required to wait until such time as the
court are allowed to conduct non-emergency hearings, including defaults. You
will need to check back with the court in
which your case is in for more information regarding default hearings.
Click here for Friend of the Courts Checklist