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?”

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 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?”

Can Relatives or Foster Parents Intervene in a CPS case?

Intervening in CPS lawsuits is complicated. There are many scenarios and situations in which a relative or a foster parent may intervene in a CPS lawsuit—regardless of whether or notContinue reading “Can Relatives or Foster Parents Intervene in a CPS case?”

If I adopt the child, can the parents ever get the child back?

No, the previous parents cannot get a child back after an adoption is complete. Adoption is a legal process by which the parent-child relationship is permanently formed. Before a childContinue reading “If I adopt the child, can the parents ever get the child back?”

What does “best interest” of a child mean?

If you are going through a divorce or custody dispute in Texas, you will hear the term “best interest”. These two words have a lot of meaning. The Texas FamilyContinue reading “What does “best interest” of a child mean?”