What are standing orders?

A Standing Order typically governs the conduct of parties in a divorce or a Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship (SAPCR). Standing Orders are usually orders by county, and many counties in Texas do not have standing Orders. If the county in which the lawsuit is filed has Standing Orders, the become effective on the party as soon as the lawsuit is filed, and they become effective on the other party as soon as the citation paperwork is served on the other party to the lawsuit.

Standing Orders do not have to be requested. They automatically apply to every divorce or SAPCR filed in the applicable county. If you have filed, or been served with papers regarding, a divorce of SAPCR in a county that has Standings Orders, it is very important that you read and understand the Standing Orders carefully. Failure to comply with the Standing Orders of the court can be enforced by contempt of court and may result in a fine or even confinement.

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