Who has more power over a CPS case: The judge or CPS?

Ultimately, the judge has greater authority to control a CPS lawsuit involving an allegation of abuse or neglect to a child. However, the judge’s authority is limited to only addressContinue reading “Who has more power over a CPS case: The judge or CPS?”

What is Collaborative Family Law?

Collaborative Family Law is a process by which the decision making process in a divorce is taken away from the Court and put into the hands of a neutral third-party,Continue reading “What is Collaborative Family Law?”

Can I demand a jury trial on a suit involving a child?

The right to a jury trial is not without limitations. The Texas Family Code provides limited circumstances in which a child custody battle can be decided by a jury. InContinue reading “Can I demand a jury trial on a suit involving a child?”

Can a foster parent intervene in a CPS case before twelve months?

Under certain circumstances, a foster parent may intervene in a CPS case before twelve months. The statutory and case law provisions that govern a foster parent’s ability to intervene inContinue reading “Can a foster parent intervene in a CPS case before twelve months?”

What are the important dates and events in a CPS case?

A CPS case has a twelve-month deadline with several important hearings and conferences along the way. There are adversarial hearings, status review hearings, permanency review hearings, family group conferences, andContinue reading “What are the important dates and events in a CPS case?”

Who all is involved in a CPS court hearing?

A CPS court hearing has many unique people involved, including: the Department of Family and Protective Services (“CPS” or “The Department”), their attorney (“District Attorney” or “County Attorney”), the GuardianContinue reading “Who all is involved in a CPS court hearing?”

What are the rights and duties of a conservator?

The Texas Family Code provides a list of twenty-seven rights and duties that a person may have to a child. Of those, most child custody disputes focus on only fourContinue reading “What are the rights and duties of a conservator?”

What does “managing conservator” or “possessory conservator” mean?

Texas uses the term “conservator” to broadly include anyone with a court-ordered relationship with a child. You may hear the term “joint managing conservator”, “sole managing conservator”, “possessory conservator”, orContinue reading “What does “managing conservator” or “possessory conservator” mean?”