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                                DIVORCE – JOINT CUSTODY

This form packet contains these steps to follow:

1.   Original Petition for Divorce
2.   Collin County Standing Order Regarding Children, Property, & Conduct of the Parties
3.   Waiver of Citation
4.   Order Setting Hearing Date
5.   Certificate of Service
6.   Final Decree of Divorce
7.   Sample Prove Up
8.   Child Support Account Set-Up form

                  ***DO NOT FILE THIS ENTIRE PACKET***
                ***FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN ORDER***

Steps to Follow:

1. Prepare the Original Petition for Divorce. If the form provided fits your set of
circumstances you may use it as a “fill in the blank.” If these forms do not fit your set of
circumstances, you may re-type or re-write the forms, changing them to fit your set of
circumstances, using the forms as a format to follow. Mark through what does not apply to your
set of circumstances. When preparing these forms, YOU are the “Petitioner” and the other party
is the “Respondent.” You will be assigned a case number and judicial district when you file the
Petition. It is perfectly all right to hand-write the forms.

2. ***Be sure to attach the Collin County Standing Order Regarding Children, Property
and Conduct of the Parties to the Original Petition.***

3. Make two additional copies of the prepared Petition AND Collin County Standing
Order to take with you when you file.

4. File all three copies of the Original Petition in the District Clerk’s office of the county in
which you reside. If you reside in Collin County, file it with the District Clerk’s office on the
first floor of the courthouse located at 2100 Bloomdale Drive in McKinney. You will be
expected to pay a filing fee to the Clerk at this time. DO NOT file this entire packet of papers -
ONLY file the copies of the Original Petition for Divorce!!! Do not sign the Waiver of



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Citation at this time. It must be signed by the other party and filed after the Original Petition is
filed with the Clerk.

5. Give the Waiver of Citation to the other party along with a copy of the Petition that has
been stamped “filed” by the District Clerk. The other party should sign the Waiver of Citation in
front of a Notary Public. File the signed Waiver in the District Clerk’s office at least 10 days
prior to the date of your hearing. You must wait 60 days from the date on which you filed the
Original Petition for Divorce before you can have a hearing. After 60 days have passed, you
may call the court that you have been assigned to and request a hearing date to “prove up” your
divorce.

6. If the other party will not sign the Waiver, then you must have him/her served by a
Constable; the District Clerk’s office can arrange this for you. Once the other party has been
served, they must then file a written answer with the clerk by 10:00am on the Monday next
following the expiration of twenty days after they were served by the Constable. After this time
period has elapsed, contact the District Clerk’s office to ask whether the other party has filed a
written answer.

7. If a written answer has not been filed by the other party, then you must wait 60 days from
the date on which you filed the Original Petition for Divorce before you can have a hearing.
After 60 days have passed, you may call the court that you have been assigned to and request a
hearing date to “prove up” your divorce.

8. Emergency Waiver. Family Code §6.702 has been amended to eliminate the 60-day waiting
period before a divorce can be granted if one of the spouses (1) has been convicted of or received
deferred adjudication for an act of family violence against the other spouse or a household
member or (2) has obtained an active protective order against the other spouse based on a finding
of family violence committed during the marriage. This amendment is effective for dissolution
of marriage cases filed on or after June 19, 2009.

9. If a written answer has been filed by the other party, then you must present the District
Clerk with the Order Setting Hearing Date form. The Clerk will arrange to get a hearing date set
for you. Send a certified copy (a copy stamped by the Clerk) of the Order Setting Hearing Date
to the other party via certified mail, return receipt requested. This constitutes giving the other
party notice of when the hearing will take place. Complete the Certificate of Service form and
attach the completed return receipt to it. File these with the District Clerk.

10. Prepare the Final Decree of Divorce changing it to fit your set of circumstances. When
preparing these forms, the person paying the child support is the “Obligor” and the person
receiving the child support is the “Obligee.” This document is not filed. Instead, you take it
with you to court for the judge to sign. Make sure that it reflects the issues that you are
concerned with now and in the future. Mark through what does not apply to your set of
circumstances. Decrees are court orders; once they are signed by a judge, they require a
hearing to be changed. Make sure that the document represents your facts.




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11. Make two additional copies of the prepared Final Decree to take with you to the
hearing.

12. On your hearing date, bring all three copies of your prepared Final Decree with you to
court. Give these papers to the District Clerk; the Clerk will arrange to take your file up to the
courtroom. Once you have given your papers to the Clerk, go to the courtroom to which you
have been assigned and wait for the Bailiff to open the room. Check in with the Bailiff to let
him/her know that you are there to prove up your divorce.

13. To prove up your divorce, you will state the facts of your petition as shown on the Sample
Prove Up sheet. The judge will not help or ask questions. Give the judge the Final Decree of
Divorce to sign. If you feel that you will be nervous, you can sit in on a few divorce cases to
observe other prove ups before you go before the judge yourself.

14. Register your Final Decree of Divorce with the County Clerk of Records if the divorce has
included any transactions of real property. You will register with the clerk of the county in
which the real property is located.

15. If Child Support is ordered in your Final Decree, completely fill out and return the Child
Support Account Set Up Form to the Collin County Child Support office at 2100 Bloomdale
Drive in McKinney.




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Pages 5 – 13 need to be filled out
      completely for your
       first step in filing.

 Keep Your Instruction Sheets

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                   FILL OUT PAPERS FIRST THEN MAKE 2 COPIES!


                              Case No. _____________________

       In the Matter of                                        |                     In the District Court
       The Marriage of                                         |                     Collin County, Texas
       __________________________                              |
       [Petitioner’s name]                                     |                     _______ Judicial District
       And                                                     |
       __________________________                              |
       [Respondent’s name]                                     |
       And in the Interest of                                  |
       __________________________                              |
       __________________________                              |
       Minor Child(ren)                                        |

                          ORIGINAL PETITION FOR DIVORCE

                                                  I. Parties

        This suit is brought by ____________________________ [petitioner’s name], Petitioner,
last four digits of Social Security number ______________ [last 4 digits of petitioner’s Social
Security no.], driver’s license number ________________ [petitioner’s driver’s license no.], who
is ________ [petitioner’s age] years of age and resides at:
______________________________________________________________________________
[petitioner’s address].

        _______________________________ [respondent’s name], Respondent, last four digits
of Social Security number _________________ [last 4 digits of respondent’s Social Security
no.], driver’s license number ________________ [respondent’s driver’s license no.], is
________ [respondent’s age] years of age and resides at:
______________________________________________________________________________
[respondent’s address].

                                                II. Domicile

       Petitioner has been a domiciliary of this state for the preceding six-month period and a
resident of this county for the preceding 90-day period.

                                                III. Service

       Process may be served upon Respondent at:

                      [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]



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       _____ 1. Respondent’s residence at:
       ________________________________________________________________________
       [respondent’s residence address].
       _____ 2. Respondent’s place of employment at:
       ________________________________________________________________________
       [respondent’s employment address].

       _____ 3. No service is necessary at this time due to Waiver of Citation will be signed.

       _____ 4. Unable to locate respondent, therefore Citation by Publication or Posting is
       being used.


                                 IV. Date of Marriage and Separation

                         [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]

_____ 1. Alternative One: Ceremonial Marriage
Petitioner and Respondent were married on or about ____________________ [date], and ceased
to live together as husband and wife on or about ______________________ [date].

_____ 2. Alternative Two: Informal Marriage
On or about _____________________ [date], Petitioner and Respondent agreed to be married
and thereafter lived together in Texas as husband and wife, and there represented to others that
they were husband and wife.

                                      V. Grounds for Divorce

        The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities
between the Petitioner and Respondent that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage
relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.

                                  VI. Children of the Marriage

      Petitioner and Respondent are parents of the following child(ren) of this marriage who
_______ [is/are] not under the jurisdiction of any other court:

       Name of Child One: ______________________________________________________
       Sex: __________________________________________________________________
       Birth Date:   ____________________________________________________________
       Present Residence: ______________________________________________________
       Last Four Digits of Social Security Number:     ______________________________
       Driver’s License Number:      ________________________________________________

       Name of Child Two: ______________________________________________________
       Sex: __________________________________________________________________


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        Birth Date:   ____________________________________________________________
        Present Residence: ______________________________________________________
        Last Four Digits of Social Security Number:     ______________________________
        Driver’s License Number:      ________________________________________________

        If a written agreement to the contrary is not reached by Petitioner and Respondent, it is in
the best interests of the child(ren) that Petitioner and Respondent be appointed Joint Managing
Conservators of the child(ren).

        Petitioner, on final hearing should be appointed Managing Conservator of the child(ren),
with all rights, privileges, duties, and powers of a parent or managing conservator, and
Respondent should be ordered to make payments for the support of the child(ren) in the manner
specified by the Court. Petitioner requests that such payments for the support of the child(ren)
survive the death of Respondent and become the obligation of Respondent’s estate.

                  [Select the following, if applicable, by placing a check mark.]

_____ The child(ren), the subject of this suit, ______ [is/are] fully enrolled in an accredited
secondary school in a program leading toward a high school diploma. The Court is requested to
order that payments for the support of ________ [this/these] child(ren) be continued until the end
of the school year in which the child(ren) graduate(s).

                              VII. Health Insurance Information

        The following information is provided in accordance with § 154.181 of the Texas Family
Code.

                       [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.
                             Mark through that which does not apply.]

_____ 1. Private health insurance is in effect for the child(ren).
       Name of insurance company: ________________________________________________
       Policy number:         ______________________________________________________
       Party responsible for premium:         __________________________________________
       Monthly cost of premium:               __________________________________________
       The insurance coverage __________ [is/is not] provided through a parent’s employment.

_____ 2. Private health insurance is not in effect for the child(ren).

        The child(ren) _________ [are/are not] receiving Medicaid benefits under chapter 32,
        Human Resources Code.

        The child(ren) _______ [are/are not] receiving health benefits coverage under the
        Children’s Health Insurance Program under chapter 62 of the Texas Health and Safety
        Code. [Select the following, if applicable by placing a check mark.]
               _____ The cost of the premium is $____________ [amount].


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       The mother of the children, __________________________________ [mother’s name],
       ________________ [has/does not have] access to private health insurance at reasonable
       cost to her.

      The father of the children, __________________________________ [father’s name],
________________ [has/does not have] access to private health insurance at reasonable cost to
him.

                           VIII. Division of the Community Estate

       Petitioner requests the Court to order a division of the estate of Petitioner and
Respondent, having due regard for the rights of each party in a manner that the court deems just
and right, as provided by law.

                     [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]

       _____ There is no community property to divide.

       _____ The parties will reach an agreement as to property and attach it to the final decree
             of divorce.

       _____ Parties will reach an agreement as to property and include it in the final decree of
             divorce.

                            _____IX. Postdivorce Maintenance
                         [Must have been married ten years or longer]

             [Circle this paragraph if applicable and are requesting maintenance]
       Petitioner requests the Court to order that Petitioner be paid postdivorce maintenance for

a period of three years in accordance with chapter 8 of the Texas Family Code.



_______ [Check, if applicable] Petitioner requests the Court to issue an order for withholding

from Respondent’s wages for this maintenance.


                                         X. Protective Order

 [*Every Petition for divorce must include one of the following three alternative statements.*]

                     [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]



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 _____ 1. No protective order under Family Code § 6.504 or Family Code Subtitle B, Title 4 is
           in effect between or pending with regard to Petitioner and Respondent.

_____ 2. An application for a protective order under Family Code § 6.504 or Family Code
Subtitle B, Title 4 with regard to Petitioner and Respondent is pending in cause number
____________________ [state case number of suit involving protective order] before the
________________________ [name of court] Court of _____________________ [name of
county] County, Texas. A copy of the application for protective order is attached and
incorporated by reference for all purposes.

_____ 3. A protective order issued under Family Code § 6.504 or Family Code Subtitle B, Title
4 is in effect between Petitioner and Respondent in cause number _______________________
[state case number of suit involving protective order] before the _______________________
[name of court] Court of ______________________ [name of county] County, Texas.
                        [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]
         _____ A copy of the protective order is attached and incorporated by reference for all
         purposes.
         _____ A copy of the protective order is not available at this time. A copy of the order
         will be filed with the Court before any hearing.

 [Select the following section, if applicable, by placing a check mark next to “IX. Name Change
               Request.” Mark through the section completely if it does not apply.]

                               _____ XI. Name Change Request

       Petitioner requests a change of _______________________ [Petitioner’s OR
Respondent’s] name to _________________________________________________ [state first,
middle, and last name as it should appear on the decree of divorce].

                                                 XII. Prayer
        Petitioner asks the Court to grant a divorce because the marriage has become
insupportable due to discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the
marital relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation. Petitioner and
their spouse do not get along and do not plan to live together ever again. Petitioner also asks the
Court to grant the other orders asked for in this Petition and any other orders Petitioner is entitled
to.
Respectfully submitted,
__________________________________
[Petitioner’s signature]
__________________________________
[Typed or printed name]
__________________________________
__________________________________
__________________________________
[Address & telephone no.]


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                         COLLIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURTS
                               GENERAL ORDERS



             COLLIN COUNTY STANDING ORDER REGARDING CHILDREN,
                    PROPERTY AND CONDUCT OF THE PARTIES




       No party to this lawsuit has requested this order. Rather, this order is a standing order of
the Collin County District Courts that applies in every divorce suit and every suit affecting the
parent-child relationship filed in Collin County. The District Courts of Collin County have
adopted this order because the parties and their children should be protected and their property
preserved while the lawsuit is pending before the court. Therefore it is ORDERED:

1. NO DISRUPTION OF CHILDREN. Both parties are ORDERED to refrain from doing the
following acts concerning any children who are subjects of this case:
       1.1     Removing the children from the State of Texas, acting directly or in concert
               with others, without the written agreement of both parties or an order of this
               Court.
       1.2     Disrupting or withdrawing the children from the school or day-care facility
               where the children are presently enrolled, without the written agreement of
               both parents or an order of this Court.
1.3    Hiding or secreting the children from the other parent or changing the children’s current
place of abode, without the written agreement of both parents or an order of this Court.
       1.4     Disturbing the peace of the children.
       1.5     Making disparaging remarks about each other or the other person’s family
               members, to include but not be limited to the child’s grandparents, aunts, uncles,
               or stepparents.
       1.6     Discussing with the children, or with any other person in the presence of the
               children, any litigation related to the children or the other party.
       1.7     If this is an original divorce action, allowing anyone with whom the party is
               romantically involved, to remain over night in the home while in possession of
               the child. Overnight is defined from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00
               a.m.

2. CONDUCT OF THE PARTIES DURING THE CASE. Both parties are ORDERED
to refrain from doing the following acts:
        2.1    Using vulgar, profane, obscene, or indecent language, or a coarse or offensive
               manner to communicate with the other party, whether in person, by telephone, or
               in writing.
        2.2    Threatening the other party in person, by telephone, or in writing to take
               unlawful action against any person.
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               repetitious manner, without a legitimate purpose of communication, or
               anonymously.
       2.4     Opening or diverting mail addressed to the other party.

3. PRESERVATION OF PROPERTY AND USE OF FUNDS DURING DIVORCE CASE. If
this is a divorce case, both parties to the marriage are ORDERED to refrain from doing the
following acts:
         3.1    Destroying, removing, concealing, encumbering, transferring, or otherwise
                harming or reducing the value of the property of one or both of the parties.
         3.2    Misrepresenting or refusing to disclose to the other party or to the Court, on
                proper request, the existence, amount, or location of any property of one or
                both of the parties.
         3.3    Damaging or destroying the tangible property of one or both of the parties,
                including any document that represents or embodies anything of value.
         3.4    Tampering with the tangible property of one or both of the parties, including
                any document that represents or embodies anything of value, and causing
                pecuniary loss to the other party.
         3.5    Selling, transferring, assigning, mortgaging, encumbering, or in any other manner
                alienating any of the property of either party, whether personal property or real
                estate property, and whether separate or community, except as specifically
                authorized by this order.
         3.6    Incurring any indebtedness, other than legal expense in connection with this
                suit, except as specifically authorized by this order.
         3.7    Making withdrawals from any checking or savings account in any financial
                institution for any purpose, except as specifically authorized by this order.
         3.8    Spending any sum of cash in either party’s possession or subject to either party’s
                control for any purpose, except as specifically authorized by this order.
         3.9    Withdrawing or borrowing in any manner for any purpose from any retirement,
                profit-sharing, pension, death, or other employee benefit plan or employee
                savings plan or from any individual retirement account or Keogh account,
                except as specifically authorized by this order.
         3.10 Signing or endorsing the other party’s name or any negotiable instrument,
                check, or draft, such as tax refunds, insurance payments, and dividends, or
                attempting to negotiate any negotiable instrument payable to the other party
                without the personal signature of the other party.
         3.11 Taking any action to terminate or limit credit or charge cards in the name of the
                other party.
         3.12 Entering, operating, or exercising control over the motor vehicle in the
                possession of the other party.
         3.13 Discontinuing or altering the withholding for federal income taxes on wages or
                salary while this suit is pending.
         3.14 Terminating or in any manner affecting the service of water, electricity, gas,
                telephone, cable television, or other contractual services, such as security, pest
                control, landscaping, or yard maintenance at the other party’s residence or in any
                manner attempting to withdraw any deposits for service in connection with such
                services.


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           3.15 Intercepting or recording the other party’s electronic communications.

4. PERSONAL AND BUSINESS RECORDS IN DIVORCE CASE. If this is a divorce case,
both parties to the marriage are ORDERED to refrain from doing the following acts:
     4.1        Concealing or destroying any family records, property records, financial records,
     business records or any records of income, debts, or other obligations.
     4.2        Falsifying any writing or record relating to the property of either party.
     4.3        “Records” include e-mail or other digital or electronic data, whether stored on a
     computer hard drive, diskette or other electronic storage device.
5. INSURANCE IN DIVORCE CASE. If this is a divorce case, both parties to the marriage are
ORDERED to refrain from doing the following acts:
        5.1     Withdrawing or borrowing in any manner all or any part of the cash surrender
                value of life insurance policies on the life of either party, except as specifically
                authorized by this order.
        5.2     Changing or in any manner altering the beneficiary designation on any life
                insurance on the life of either party or the parties’ children.
        5.3     Canceling, altering, or in any manner affecting any casualty, automobile, or health
                insurance policies insuring the parties’ property of persons including the parties’
                minor children.
6. SPECIFIC AUTHORIZATIONS IN DIVORCE CASE. If this is a divorce case, both parties
to the marriage are specifically authorized to do the following:
        6.1     To engage in acts reasonably and necessary to the conduct of that party’s usual
                business and occupation.
        6.2     To make expenditures and incur indebtedness for reasonable attorney’s fees and
                expenses in connection with this suit.
        6.3     To make expenditures and incur indebtedness for reasonable and necessary living
                expenses for food, clothing, shelter, transportation and medical care.
        6.4     To make withdrawals from accounts in financial institutions only for the purposes
                authorized by this order.
7. SERVICE AND APPLICATION OF THIS ORDER.
        7.1     The Petitioner shall attach a copy of this order to the original petition and to each
                copy of the petition. At the time the petition is filed, if the Petitioner has failed to
                attach a copy of this order to the petition and any copy of the petition, the Clerk
                shall ensure that a copy of this order is attached to the petition and every copy of
                the petition presented.
        7.2     This order is effective upon the filing of the original petition and shall remain in
                full force and effect as a temporary restraining order for fourteen days after the
                date of the filing of the original petition. If no party contests this order by
                presenting evidence at a hearing on or before fourteen days after the date of the
                filing of the original petition, this order shall continue in full force and effect as a
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              STOP HERE
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                             Case No. _____________________

      In the Matter of                                        |                     In the District Court
      The Marriage of                                         |                     Collin County, Texas
      __________________________                              |
      [Petitioner’s name]                                     |                     _______ Judicial District
      And                                                     |
      __________________________                              |
      [Respondent’s name]                                     |
      And in the Interest of                                  |
      __________________________                              |
      __________________________                              |
      Minor Child(ren)                                        |

                                    WAIVER OF CITATION

       BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority, on this day personally appeared
___________________________________________ [respondent’s name] who, being by me
duly sworn upon ________ [his/her] oath stated:

      1. “I _____________________________ [respondent’s name] am the Respondent in the
      above entitled and numbered cause. My mailing address is:
      ________________________________________________________________________

      2. “I have been given a copy of the Original Petition for Divorce that has been filed in
      this cause.

      3. “I have read it and understand it.

      4. “I hereby enter my appearance in this cause for all purposes and waive the issuance
      and service of process.

      5. “I agree that the petition may be amended and that the cause may be taken up and
      considered by the Court without further notice to me.

      6. “I further waive the making of a record of testimony in this cause.

      7. “I agree that this case may be considered and adjudicated by the Referee or Master
      assigned to this Court or to this case by the Court, or by the Court.

      8. “I hereby agree and consent to the entry of a decree in this case.”




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SIGNED on _________________________ [date].



                                                                         ______________________________
                                                                                   [Respondent’s signature]
                                                                         ______________________________
                                                                                    [Typed or printed name]

THE STATE OF TEXAS
COUNTY OF _______________

        Signed under oath on _________________________ [date], before me, the undersigned
authority, personally appeared ____________________________________ [respondent’s
name], personally known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing
instrument, and acknowledged to me that he or she executed it for the purposes and consideration
expressed therein.


                                                                    _______________________________
                                                                               [Signature of Notary Public]
                                                                    _______________________________
                                                                                   [Typed or printed name]
                                                                 Notary Public in and for the State of Texas
                                                                 My commission expires: ______________




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                              Case No. _____________________

       In the Matter of                                        |                     In the District Court
       The Marriage of                                         |                     Collin County, Texas
       __________________________                              |
       [Petitioner’s name]                                     |                     _______ Judicial District
       And                                                     |
       __________________________                              |
       [Respondent’s name]                                     |
       And in the Interest of                                  |
       __________________________                              |
       __________________________                              |
       Minor Child(ren)                                        |

                            ORDER SETTING HEARING DATE

        IT IS ORDERED that the hearing on the Petition be set for ________ o’clock on the
_________ day of ______________, 20___ in the courtroom of the ________ Judicial District
Court, in the County of Collin in McKinney, Texas.

       SIGNED this the __________ day of ______________________.


                                                                       ________________________________
                                                                                      JUDGE PRESIDING




                                 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

        I certify that a true copy of the above Order Setting Hearing Date has this day been sent
by certified mail, return receipt requested

To:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________

On this __________ day of _______________________.

                                                                          ______________________________
                                                                                               [Signature]




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                              Case No. _____________________

       In the Matter of                                        |                     In the District Court
       The Marriage of                                         |                     Collin County, Texas
       __________________________                              |
       [Petitioner’s name]                                     |                     _______ Judicial District
       And                                                     |
       __________________________                              |
       [Respondent’s name]                                     |
       And in the Interest of                                  |
       __________________________                              |
       __________________________                              |
       Minor Child(ren)                                        |

                               FINAL DECREE OF DIVORCE

       On _____________________ [date], this case came on for hearing.

                                               Appearances

        _____________________________ [petitioner’s name], Petitioner, who resides at:
______________________________________________________________________________
[address], last four digits of Social Security number _____________ [last 4 digits of petitioner’s
Social Security no.] and driver’s license number ___________________ [petitioner’s driver’s
license no.], appeared in person.

                     [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]

        _____ 1. _____________________________ [respondent’s name], Respondent, who
resides at:
______________________________________________________________________[address],
last four digits of Social Security number _____________ [last 4 digits of respondent’s Social
Security no.] and driver’s license number ___________________ [respondent’s driver’s license
no.], appeared in person.

         _____ 2. _____________________________ [respondent’s name], Respondent, who
resides at:
______________________________________________________________________[address],
last four digits of Social Security number _____________ [last 4 digits of respondent’s Social
Security no.] and driver’s license number ___________________ [respondent’s driver’s license
no.], although duly and properly cited by publication or posting, did not appear and wholly
made default.

       _____ 3. _____________________________ [respondent’s name], Respondent, who
signed a waiver of citation resides at:



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______________________________________________________________________[address],
last four digits of Social Security number _____________ [last 4 digits of respondent’s Social
Security no.] and driver’s license number ___________________ [respondent’s driver’s license
no.], did not otherwise appear.

                                              Record
                      [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]

       The making of a record of testimony was:

______ Waived by the parties with the consent of the Court; or

______Was made by ____________________, the official reporter for the _____ District
      Court, Collin County, Texas

                                      Jurisdiction and Domicile

        The Court finds that Petitioner’s pleadings are in due form and contain all of the
allegations, information, and prerequisites required by law.

        The Court, after receiving the evidence, finds that it has jurisdiction over this cause of
action and the parties and that at least sixty (60) days have elapsed since the date the suit was
filed.

         The Court finds Petitioner has been a domiciliary of this state for at least a six (6) month
period preceding the filing of this action and a resident of this county in which this suit is filed
for at least a 90-day period preceding the filing of this action.

       All persons entitled to citation were properly cited.

                                                       Jury

       A jury was waived, and all questions of fact and of law were submitted to the court.

                                                  DIVORCE

       IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that
___________________________ [petitioner’s name] and ____________________________
[respondent’s name] are divorced and that the marriage between them is dissolved on the
grounds of insupportability.

                                      Children of the Marriage

      The Court finds that Petitioner and Respondent are the parents of the following child(ren)
now under 18 years of age:



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Name of Child One: ____________________________________________________________
Sex: ________________________________________________________________________
Birthplace:   __________________________________________________________________
Birth Date:   __________________________________________________________________
Present Residence: ____________________________________________________________
Home State: __________________________________________________________________

Name of Child Two: ____________________________________________________________
Sex: ________________________________________________________________________
Birthplace:   __________________________________________________________________
Birth Date:   __________________________________________________________________
Present Residence: ____________________________________________________________
Home State: __________________________________________________________________

                                           Conservatorship

      The Court finds that the following orders are in the best interest of the child(ren).

       IT IS ORDERED that ____________________________________ [petitioner’s name]
and ______________________________________ [respondent’s name] are appointed Joint
Managing Conservators of the following child(ren):
______________________________________________________________________________
[name(s) of child(ren)].

                                         Rights at All Times

       IT IS ORDERED that, at all times ________________________________ [petitioner’s
name] and __________________________________ [respondent’s name], as parent joint
managing conservators, shall each have the following rights:

      1. The right to receive information from the other parent concerning the health,
      education, and welfare of the child(ren);

      2. The right to confer with the other parent to the extent possible before making a
      decision concerning the health, education, and welfare of the child(ren);

      3. The right of access to medical, dental, psychological, and educational records of the
      child(ren);
      4. The right to consult with a physician, dentist, or psychologist of the child(ren);

      5. The right to consult with school officials concerning the child(ren)’s welfare and
      educational status, including school activities;

      6. The right to attend school activities;




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       7. The right to be designated on the child(ren)’s records as a person to be notified in case
       of an emergency;

       8. The right to consent to medical, dental, and surgical treatment during an emergency
       involving an immediate danger to the health and safety of the child(ren); and
       9. The right to manage the estate(s) of the child(ren) to the extent the estate(s)
       __________ [has/have] been created by the parent or the parent’s family.

                                          Duties at All Times

       IT IS ORDERED that, at all times, _______________________________ [petitioner’s
name] and _______________________________ [respondent’s name], as parent joint managing
conservators, shall each have the following duties:

       1. The duty to inform the other parent in a timely manner of significant information
       concerning the health, education, and welfare of the child(ren); and

       2. The duty to inform the other parent if the parent resides with for at least thirty days,
       marries, or intends to marry a person who the parent knows is registered as a sex offender
       under Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (as added by Chapter 668, Acts of
       the 75th Legislature, regular Session, 1997) or is currently charged with an offense for
       which on conviction the person would be required to register under that chapter. IT IS
       ORDERED that this information shall be tendered in the form of a notice made as soon
       as practicable, but not later than the fortieth day after the date the parent begins to reside
       with the person or on the tenth day after the date the marriage occurs, as appropriate. IT
       IS ORDERED that the notice must include a description of the offense that is the basis of
       the person’s requirement to register as a sex offender or of the offense with which the
       person is charged. ***WARNING: A PERSON COMMITS AN OFFENSE
       PUNISHABLE AS A CLASS C MISDEMEANOR IF THE PERSON FAILS TO
       PROVIDE THIS NOTICE.

                       Rights and Duties During Periods of Possession

       IT IS ORDERED that, during their respective periods of possession,
_______________________________ [petitioner’s name] and ___________________________
[respondent’s name], as parent joint managing conservators, shall each have the following rights
and duties:

       1. The duty of care, control, protection and reasonable discipline of the child(ren);

       2. The duty to support the child(ren), including providing the child(ren) with clothing,
       food, shelter, and medical and dental care not involving an invasive procedure;

       3. The right to consent for the child(ren) to medical and dental care not involving an
       invasive procedure.



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      4. The right to consent for the child(ren) to medical, dental, and surgical treatment during
      an emergency involving immediate danger to the health and safety of the child(ren); and

      5. The right to direct the moral and religious training of the child(ren).

                            Right to Establish Primary Residence

        IT IS ORDERED that ___________________________________________ [name], as a
parent joint managing conservator, shall have the exclusive right to establish the primary
residence of the child(ren)
                      [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]

             _____ within ______________________________________________________
                   [specify geographic location].
             _____ without regard to geographic location.

                            Other Rights and Duties of Petitioner

        IT IS ORDERED that ________________________________ [petitioner’s name], as a
parent joint managing conservator, shall have the following rights and duties:

      1. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to consent to
      medical, dental, and surgical treatment involving invasive procedures and to consent to
      psychiatric and psychological treatment of the child(ren);

      2. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to receive and
      give receipt of periodic payments for the support of the child(ren) and to hold or disburse
      these funds for the benefit of the child(ren);

      3. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to represent the
      child(ren) in legal action and to make other decisions of substantial legal significance
      concerning the child(ren);

      4. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to consent to
      marriage and to enlistment in the armed forces of the United States;

      5. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to make decisions
      concerning the child(ren)’s education;




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      6. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to the services
      and earnings of the child(ren);

      7. Except when a guardian of the child(ren)’s estate(s) or a guardian or attorney ad litem
      has been appointed for the child(ren), the ______________________________________
      [exclusive right OR right, subject to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR
      independent right] to act as an agent of the child(ren) in relation to the child(ren)’s
      estate(s) if the child(ren)’s action is required by a state, the United States, or a foreign
      government; and

      8. The ______________________________________ [exclusive duty OR duty, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent duty] to manage the
      estates of the child(ren) to the extent the estate(s) _______ [has/have] been created by
      community property or the joint property of the parents.

                          Other Rights and Duties of Respondent

       IT IS ORDERED that _________________________________ [respondent’s name], as
a parent joint managing conservator, shall have the following rights and duties:

      1. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to consent to
      medical, dental, and surgical treatment involving invasive procedures and to consent to
      psychiatric and psychological treatment of the child(ren);

      2. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to receive and
      give receipt of periodic payments for the support of the child(ren) and to hold or disburse
      these funds for the benefit of the child(ren);

      3. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to represent the
      child(ren) in legal action and to make other decisions of substantial legal significance
      concerning the child(ren);

      4. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to consent to
      marriage and to enlistment in the armed forces of the United States;

      5. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
      to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to make decisions
      concerning the child(ren)’s education;




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        6. The ______________________________________ [exclusive right OR right, subject
        to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent right] to the services
        and earnings of the child(ren);

        7. Except when a guardian of the child(ren)’s estate(s) or a guardian or attorney ad litem
        has been appointed for the child(ren), the ______________________________________
        [exclusive right OR right, subject to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR
        independent right] to act as an agent of the child(ren) in relation to the child(ren)’s
        estate(s) if the child(ren)’s action is required by a state, the United States, or a foreign
        government; and

        8. The ______________________________________ [exclusive duty OR duty, subject
        to the agreement of the other parent conservator OR independent duty] to manage the
        estates of the child(ren) to the extent the estate(s) _______ [has/have] been created by
        community property or the joint property of the parents.

[Select the following section, if applicable, by placing a check mark next to “Geographical Area
      for Primary Residence.” Mark through this section completely if it does not apply.]

                       _____ Geographical Area for Primary Residence

        The Court finds that, in accordance with Texas Family Code § 153.001, it is the public
policy of Texas to assure that children will have frequent and continuing contact with parents
who have shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child, to provide a safe, stable, and
nonviolent environment for the child, and to encourage parents to share in the rights and duties
of raising their child after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage. IT IS
ORDERED that the primary residence of the child(ren) shall be
__________________________________ [specify geographical area], and the parties shall not
remove the child(ren) from __________________________________ [specify geographical
area] for the purpose of changing the primary residence of the child(ren) until modified by
further order of the court of continuing jurisdiction or by written agreement signed by the parties
and filed with the court. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that ______________________________
[name] shall have the exclusive right to establish the child(ren)’s primary residence within
__________________________________ [specify geographical area]. IT IS ORDERED that
this geographical restriction on the residence of the children shall be lifted if, at the time
____________________________________ [name] wishes to remove the child(ren) from
__________________________________ [specify geographical area] for the purpose of
changing the primary residence of the child(ren), ______________________________________
[name] does not reside in ____________________________________ [specify geographical
area].

                                         Possession and Access

                                                  Definitions

In this order:


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        1. “School” means the primary or secondary school in which the child is enrolled, or, if
the child is not enrolled in a primary or secondary school, the public school district in which the
child primarily resides.
        2. “Standard Order” or “standard possession order” shall mean this order.
        3. “Managing conservator” shall also mean temporary managing conservators and joint
managing conservators that have been awarded the exclusive right to designate residency, unless
otherwise indicated.
        4. “Possessory conservator” shall also mean temporary possessory conservators and
joint managing conservators that have not been awarded the right to designate residency, unless
otherwise indicated.

                     Mutual Agreement or Specified Terms for Possession

        IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the possessory
conservator shall have possession of the child at any and all times that the managing and
possessory conservators mutually agree to in advance and in the absence of mutual agreement,
the parties shall have possession of the child under the following specified terms set out in this
order.

                          Parents Who Reside 100 Miles or Less Apart

(a) Except as otherwise explicitly provided, if the possessory conservator resides 100 miles or
less from the primary residence of the child, the possessory conservator shall have the right to
possession of the child as follows:

                      [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]

       _____ 1. On weekends beginning at 6 p.m. on the first, third, and fifth Friday of each
       month and ending at 6 p.m. on the following Sunday; or
       _____ 1. On weekends beginning at the time the child’s school is regularly dismissed
       and ending at the time the child’s school resumes; and

                      [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]

       _____ 2. On Thursdays of each week during the regular school term beginning at 6 p.m.
       and ending at 8 p.m; or
       _____ 2. On Thursdays of each week during the regular school term beginning at the
       time the child’s school is regularly dismissed and ending at 8 p.m.

(b) The following provisions govern possession of the child for vacations and for certain
specific holidays and supersede any conflicting weekend or Thursday periods of possession. The
possessory conservator and managing conservator shall have rights of possession of the child as
follows:

       (1) the possessory conservator shall have possession of the child in even-numbered
       years, beginning at 6 p.m. on the day the child is dismissed from school for the school’s


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       spring vacation and ending at 6 p.m. on the day before school resumes after that vacation,
       and the managing conservator shall have possession for the same period in odd-numbered
       years;
       (2) if any possessory conservator:
                (A) gives the managing conservator written notice by April 1 of each year
                specifying an extended period or periods of summer possession, the possessory
                conservator shall have possession of the child for 30 days beginning not earlier
                than the day after the child’s school is dismissed for the summer vacation and
                ending not later than seven days before school resumes at the end of the summer
                vacation, to be exercised in not more than two separate periods of at least seven
                consecutive days each; or
                (B) does not give the managing conservator written notice by May 1 of each year
                specifying an extended period or periods of summer possession, the possessory
                conservator shall have possession of the child for 30 consecutive days beginning
                at 6 p.m. on July 1 and ending at 6 p.m. on July 31;
       (3) if the managing conservator gives the possessory conservator written notice by June
       1 of each year, the managing conservator shall have possession of the child on any one
       weekend beginning Friday at 6 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. on the following Sunday during
       any one period of possession by the possessory conservator under subdivision (5) of the
       subsection, provided that the managing conservator picks up the child from the
       possessory conservator and returns that child to that same place;
       (4) if the managing conservator gives the possessory conservator written notice by May
       15 of each year or gives the possessory conservator 14 days’ written notice on or after
       May 16 each year, the managing conservator may designate one weekend beginning no
       earlier than the day after the child’s school is dismissed for the summer vacation and
       ending no later than seven days prior to school resuming at the end of the summer
       vacation, during which an otherwise scheduled weekend period of possession by the
       possessory conservator will not take place, provided that the weekend so designated does
       not interfere with the possessory conservator’s period or periods of extended summer
       possession or with Father’s Day if the possessory conservator is the father of the child;

                          Parents Who Reside Over 100 Miles Apart

Except as otherwise explicitly provided, if the possessory conservator resides more than 100
miles from the residence of the child, the possessory conservator shall have the right to
possession of the child as follows:

       (1)    (A) either regular weekend possession beginning on the first, third and fifth
              Friday as provided under the terms of this order applicable to parents who reside
              100 miles or less apart, or
              (B) not more than one weekend per month of the possessory conservator’s choice
              beginning at 6 p.m. on the day school recesses for the weekend and ending at 6
              p.m. on the day before school resumes after the weekend, provided that the
              possessory conservator gives the managing conservator 14 days’ written or
              telephonic notice preceding a designated weekend, and provided that the
              possessory conservator elects this option for alternate period of possession by


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               written notice given to the managing conservator within 90 days after the parties
               begin to reside more than 100 miles apart, as applicable;
       (2) each year beginning on the day school for the child is dismissed for the school’s
       spring vacation and ending at 6 p.m. on the day before school resumes after that vacation;
       (3) if the possessory conservator:
               (A) gives the managing conservator written notice by May 1 of each year
               specifying an extended period or periods of summer possession, the possessory
               conservator shall have possession of the child for 42 consecutive days beginning
               no earlier than the day after the child’s school is dismissed for the summer
               vacation and ending no later than seven days prior to school resuming at the end
               of the summer vacation, to be exercised in no more than two separate periods of at
               least seven consecutive days each; or
               (B) does not give the managing conservator written notice by May 1 of each year
               specifying an extended period or periods of summer possession, the possessory
               conservator shall have possession of the child for 42 consecutive days beginning
               at 6 p.m. on June 15 and ending at 6 p.m. on July 27;
       (4) if the managing conservator gives written notice by June 1 of each year, the
       managing conservator shall have possession of the child on any one weekend beginning
       on Friday at 6 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. on the following Sunday during any one period
       of possession by the possessory conservator under Subdivision (f)(4) of this order,
       provided that if a period of possession exceeds 30 days, the managing conservator may
       have possession of the child under the terms of this subdivision on any two
       nonconsecutive weekends during that dime period, and further provided that the
       managing conservator picks up the child from the possessory conservator and returns the
       child to that same place; and
       (5) if the managing conservator gives the possessory conservator written notice by June
       1 of each year, the managing conservator may designate 21 days beginning no earlier
       than the day the child’s school is dismissed for the summer vacation and ending no later
       than seven days prior to school resuming at the end of the summer vacation, to be
       exercised in no more than two separate periods of at least seven consecutive days each,
       during which the possessory conservator shall not have possession of the child provided
       that the period or periods so designated to not interfere with the possessory conservators
       period or periods of extended summer possession or with Father’s Day if the possessory
       conservator is the father of the child.

            Vacations and Holidays Unaffected by Distance Parents Reside Apart

The following provisions govern possession of the child for certain specific holidays and
supersede conflicting weekends or Thursday periods of possession without regard to the distance
the parents reside apart. The possessory conservator and the managing conservator shall have
rights of possession of the child as follows:

       (1) the possessory conservator shall have possession of the child in even-numbered years
       beginning at 6 p.m. on the day the child is dismissed from school for the Christmas
       school vacation and ending at noon on December 26th, and the managing conservator
       shall have possession for the same period in odd-numbered years;


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       (2) the possessory conservator shall have possession of the child in odd-numbered years
       beginning at noon on December 26th and ending at 6 p.m. on the day before school
       resumes after that vacation, and the managing conservator shall have possession for the
       same period in even-numbered years;
       (3) the possessory conservator shall have possession of the child in odd-numbered years,
       beginning at 6 p.m. on the day the child is dismissed from school before Thanksgiving
       and ending at 6 p.m. on the following Sunday, and the managing conservator shall have
       possession for the same period in even-numbered years;
       (4) the parent not otherwise entitled under this standard order to present possession of a
       child on the child’s birthday shall have possession of the child beginning at 6 p.m. and
       ending at 8 p.m. on that day, provided that said parent picks up the child from the
       residence of the conservator entitled to possession and returns the child to that same
       place;
       (5) if a conservator, the father shall have possession of the child beginning at 6 p.m. on
       the Friday preceding Father’s Day and ending on Father’s Day at 6 p.m., provided that, if
       he is not otherwise entitled under this standard possession order to present possession of
       the child, he picks up the child from the residence of the conservator entitled to
       possession and returns the child to that same place; and
       (6) if a conservator, the mother shall have possession of the child beginning at 6 p.m. on
       the Friday preceding Mother’s Day and ending on Mother’s Day at 6 p.m., provided that,
       if she is not otherwise entitled under this standard possession order to present possession
       of the child, she picks up the child from the residence of the conservator entitled to
       possession and returns the child to that same place.

                           Weekend Possession Extended by Holiday

Except as otherwise provided, if a weekend period of possession of the possessory conservator
coincides with a school holiday during the regular school term, or with a federal, state, or local
holiday during the summer months in which school is not in session, the weekend possession
shall end at 6 p.m. on a Monday holiday or school holiday,
                       [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]

_____ or shall begin at 6 p.m. Thursday for a Friday holiday or school holiday, as applicable.
_____ or shall begin at the time the child’s school is regularly dismissed for a Friday holiday or
      school holiday, as applicable.

                                 General Terms and Conditions

Except as otherwise explicitly provided, terms and conditions of possession of a child that apply
irrespective of the distance between the residence of a parent and the child are as follows;

       (1) the managing conservator shall surrender the child to the possessory conservator at
       the beginning of each period of the possessory conservator’s possession at the residence
       of the managing conservator;
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       child’s school is regularly dismissed, the managing conservator shall surrender the child
       to the possessory conservator at the beginning of each such period of possession at the
       school in which the child is enrolled;

                     [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]

       _____ (3) the possessory conservator is hereby ORDERED to surrender the child to the
       managing conservator at the end of each period of possession at the residence of the
       possessory conservator;
       _____ (3) the possessory conservator is hereby ORDERED to return the child to the
       residence of the managing conservator at the end of each period of possession; except
       that the possessory conservator shall surrender the child to the managing conservator if
       the possessory conservator’s county of domicile remains the same after the rendition of
       this order, and the managing conservator’s county of domicile changes, effective on the
       date of the change of domicile by the managing conservator;

       (4) if the possessory conservator elects to end a period of possession at the time the
       child’s school resumes, the possessory conservator shall surrender the child to the
       managing conservator at the end of each period of possession at the school in which the
       child is enrolled;
       (5) each conservator shall return with the child the personal effects that the child brought
       at the beginning of the period of possession;
       (6) either conservator may designate any competent adult to pick up and return the child,
       as applicable; a parent or a designated competent adult shall be present when the child is
       picked up or returned;
       (7) a conservator shall give notice to the person in possession of the child on each
       occasion that the conservator will be unable to exercise that conservator’s right of
       possession for any specified period of time;
       (8) written notice shall be deemed to have been timely made if received or postmarked
       before or at the time that notice is due; and
       (9) if a conservator’s time of possession of a child ends at the time school resumes and
       for any reason the child is not or will not be returned to school, the conservator in
       possession of the child shall immediately notify the school and the other conservator that
       the child will not be or has not been returned to school.

                                             Means of Travel

Each conservator shall provide reasonable and appropriate transportation to and from their
relevant transportation facilities, and places of pickup and return, as applicable.

  [Select the following section, if applicable, by placing a check mark next to “Long-Distance
       Access and Visitation.” Mark through this section completely if it does not apply.]

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IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the following provisions shall govern the
arrangements for the travel of the child to and from the possessory conservator.

(1) Notice of Place and Time of Possession:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that, if the possessory conservator desires to take
possession of the child at an airport near the possessory conservator’s residence, the possessory
conservator shall state in a notice letter to the managing conservator the following facts:

       a. the airport where the managing conservator is to surrender the child;
       b. the date and time of the flight on which the child is scheduled to leave;
       c. the airline and flight number of the airplane on which the child is scheduled to leave;
       d. the airport where the child will return to the managing conservator at the end of the
       period of possession;
       e. the date and time of the flight on which the child is scheduled to return to that airport;
       and
       f. the airline and flight number of the airplane on which the child is scheduled to return
       to the managing conservator at the end of the period of possession.

(2) Flight Arrangements:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the possessory conservator shall make
airline reservations for the child only on major commercial passenger airlines on flights having
no change of airplanes between the airport of departure and the airport of final arrival (referred to
in this order as a “nonequipment change flight”).

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the possessory conservator shall make
airline reservations for the child on flights that depart from a commercial airport near the
residence of the managing conservator that offers regularly scheduled passenger flights to
various cities throughout the United States on major commercial passenger airlines.

(3) Delivery and Pickup by Managing Conservator:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the managing conservator shall deliver the
child to the airport from which the child is scheduled to leave at the beginning of each period of
possession at least one hour before the scheduled departure time.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the managing conservator shall surrender
the child to a flight attendant who is employed by the airline and who will be flying on the same
flight on which the child is scheduled.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the managing conservator shall take
possession of the child at the end of the possessory conservator’s period of possession at the
airport where the child is scheduled to return and at the specific airport gate where the passengers
from the child’s scheduled flight disembark.



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(4) Pickup and Return by Possessory Conservator:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the possessory conservator shall take
possession of the child at the beginning of each period of possession in the airport where the
child is scheduled to arrive and at the specific airport gate where the passengers from the child’s
scheduled flight disembark.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the possessory conservator, at the end of
each period of possession, shall deliver the child to the airport when the child is scheduled to
depart at least one hour before the scheduled departure time and surrender the child to flight
attendant who is employed by the airline and who will be flying on the same flight on which the
child is scheduled to return.
(5) Missed flights:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that any conservator who has possession of the
child at the time shall notify the other conservator immediately if the child is not placed on a
scheduled flight at the beginning or end of a period of possession.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that, if the child should miss a scheduled flight,
the conservator having possession of the child when the flight is missed shall schedule another
nonequipment change flight for the child as soon as is possible after the original scheduled flight
and give the other conservator notice of the date and time of that flight and shall pay any
additional expense associated with the changed flight.

(6) Expenses Paid by Possessory Conservator:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the possessory conservator shall purchase,
in advance, the round-trip airline tickets (including escort fees) to be sued by the child for the
child’s flight.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the possessory conservator shall make
necessary arrangements with the airlines and with the managing conservator in order that the
airline tickets are available to the child before a scheduled flight.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the possessory conservator shall pay any
other traveling expenses and charges incurred for the child form the time the managing
conservator surrenders possession of the child by placing the child on the scheduled
nonequipment change flight at the beginning of a period of possession until the time the
managing conservator takes possession of the child at the termination of the scheduled
nonequipment change flight at the end of the period of possession.

(7) Reimbursement by Managing Conservator:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the possessory conservator shall reimburse
the managing conservator for travel expenses of the child if, because of circumstances beyond
the managing conservator’s control, the managing conservator is required to pay travel expenses


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of the child on a nonequipment change flight to or from the possession of the possessory
conservator.

(8) Miscellaneous Expenses:
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND DECREED that the expenses of a conservator incurred in
traveling to and from an airport, as well as related parking and baggage-handling expenses, are
the sole responsibility of the conservator delivering or receiving the child at the airport.

 [Select the following section, if applicable, by placing a check mark next to “Specific Provision
for Children Under the Age of One.” Mark through this section completely if it does not apply.]

                _____ Specific Provision for Children Under the Age of One

Until a child attains the age of one year, the possessory conservator shall have possession of said
child at any and all times as the parties may mutually agree and failing mutual agreement as
follows:

       (1) On the first, third, and fifth Saturday of each month, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending
       at 4 p.m. on that same day, until the child’s first birthday.
       (2) On the first, third, and fifth Sunday of each month, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending
       at 4 p.m. on that same day, until the child’s first birthday.
       (3) From 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. each Thursday.
       (4) On Thanksgiving Day beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. on that same day.
       (5) On Christmas Day in even numbered years beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.
       that same day. On Christmas Eve in odd numbered years beginning at 10 a.m. and
       ending at 4 p.m. on that same day.
       (6) If the possessory conservator is the child’s father, then on Father’s Day of each year
       from 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. on that same day. If the possessory conservator is the
       child’s mother, then on Mother’s Day of each year from 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. on
       that same day.
       (7) Every year on the child’s birthday beginning at 3 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. on that
       same day.

IT IS ORDERED that the possessory conservator shall purchase and maintain in his or her
residence appropriate equipment and supplies for use during periods of possession of the child,
including but not limited to a crib, blankets, diapers, baby wipes, changing pads, bibs, stroller,
bottles, formula, juice, baby food, etc.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the possessory conservator shall not leave the child unattended
or in the care of any other person during any period of possession. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED
that during any transportation of the child by motor vehicle the possessory conservator shall
secure the child in a safety car seat.

IT IS ORDERED that upon surrender of the child to the possessory conservator, the managing
conservator shall furnish the possessory conservator with a feeding and nap schedule and shall
inform the possessory conservator of any special needs of the child. IT IS ORDERED that upon


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return of the child to the managing conservator, the possessory conservator shall inform the
managing conservator of the child’s activities including feeding and naps and any other special
concerns.

Upon reaching the age of one year, the possessory conservator shall have possession and access
as set forth in the preceding standard possession order.

 [Select the following section, if applicable, by placing a check mark next to “Specific Provision
   for Children age 15 and Over.” Mark through this section completely if it does not apply.]

                    _____ Specific Provision for Children Age 15 and Over

Upon a minor child reaching the age of fifteen (15) years, all of the above set forth possession
rights shall cease as mandatory rights, and in lieu thereof, such child shall visit with the
possessory conservator only at such times as are set forth above as are agreeable both between
such child and the possessory conservator. The possessory conservator may visit with the child
in question at all other reasonable times that are agreeable between the parties and the child in
question. The managing conservator is ORDERED to not make plans with the child which
would unreasonably interfere with the possessory conservator’s visitation rights set out herein in
order that they may exercise their visitation with the possessory conservator if it is mutually
agreeable between such child and the possessory conservator and such child shall surrender
themselves to the possessory conservator.

[Select the following section, if applicable, by placing a check mark next to “Restricted Periods
              of Access.” Mark through the section completely if it does not apply.]

                               _____ Restricted Periods of Access

         The Court finds that ____________________________________________ [name] has a
history or pattern of committing family violence during the two-year period preceding the filing of
this suit or during the pendency of this suit. The Court further finds that awarding
____________________________________________ [name] access to the child(ren) would not
endanger the child(ren)’s physical health or emotional welfare and would be in the best interest of
the child(ren). IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED as follows:

                  [Select all of the following that apply by placing a check mark.]

       _____ 1. Visitation shall be under the supervision of ______________________________
       [name of person or supervising agency or program] on the following days and times:
                                     [List dates and times of access.]
       _________________________________________________________________________
       _________________________________________________________________________
       _________________________________________________________________________
       ________________________________________________________________________,
       the days and times prescribed by ______________________________________________
       [name of person or supervising agency or program].


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       _____ 2. All exchanges of possession of the child(ren) shall occur at
       _________________________________________________________________________
       [address].
       _____ 3. ___________________________________________ [name] shall abstain from
       the consumption of alcohol or any controlled substance within twelve hours before and
       during the period of access to the child(ren).

       _____ 4. ___________________________________________ [name] shall attend
       _________________________________________________________________________
       [name of battering intervention and prevention program or describe treatment by mental
       health professional] and shall provide proof of such attendance to the Court within
       _________________________________________________________________ [specify].

                        Termination of Orders on Marriage/Remarriage

        The provisions of this order relating to conservatorship, possession, or access terminate on
the ____________________ [marriage/remarriage] of ___________________________________
[petitioner’s name] to ________________________________ [respondent’s name] unless a
nonparent or agency has been appointed conservator of the child(ren) under Chapter 153 of the
Texas Family Code.

                                               Child Support

        IT IS ORDERED that _______________________________________ [obligor’s name]
shall pay to __________________________________________ [obligee’s name] child support
for the child(ren) of $__________ [amount] per month in equal payments of $__________
[amount] per __________ [specify time period], with the first payment of $__________ being due
and payable on _______________________ [date], and with a like payment of $__________
being due and payable on _______________________ [date], and with a like payment of
$__________ being due and payable on each 1st and 15th day of each and every consecutive
month thereafter until the first month following the date of the earliest occurrence of one of the
events specified below:

       1.      the child reaches the age of eighteen years or graduates from high school,
               whichever occurs later, subject to the provisions for support beyond the age of
               eighteen years set out below;

       2.      the child marries;

       3.      the child dies; or

       4.      the child’s disabilities are otherwise removed for general purposes.

    If the child is eighteen years of age and has not graduated from high school, IT IS
ORDERED that _________________________ [name of obligor]’s obligation to pay child


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support to _____________________________________ [obligee’s name] shall not terminate but
shall continue for as long as the child is enrolled—

       1.     under chapter 25 of the Texas Education Code in an accredited secondary school in
              a program leading toward a high school diploma or under section 130.008 of the
              Education Code in courses for joint high school and junior college credit and is
              complying with the minimum attendance requirements of subchapter C of chapter
              25 of the Education Code or

       2.     on a full-time basis in a private secondary school in a program leading toward a
              high school diploma and is complying with the minimum attendance requirements
              imposed by that school.

                                     Statement on Guidelines

       In accordance with Texas Family Code § 154.130, the court makes the following findings
and conclusions regarding the child support order made in open court in this case on
__________________________ [date]:

       1. The application of the guidelines in this case would be unjust or inappropriate;
       2. The amount of net resources available to _____________________________________
       [petitioner’s name] per month is $_________ [amount];
       3. The amount of net resources available to _____________________________________
       [respondent’s name] per month is $_________ [amount].

                        Withholding From Earnings for Child Support

        IT IS ORDERED that any employer of ________________________________________
[obligor’s name] shall be ordered to withhold from earnings for child support from the disposable
earnings of _____________________________________ [obligor’s name] for the support of
_______________________________________________________________________________
[name(s) of child(ren)]. “Earnings” means paid or payable to
_____________________________________________ [obligor’s name] for personal services,
whether called wages, salary, commission, bonus, or otherwise, and includes period payments
pursuant to a pension, disability and retirement program, and unemployment benefits. “Disposable
earnings” is that part of the earnings of _______________________________________ [obligor’s
name] remaining after deduction of any amounts required by law to be withheld, union dues,
nondiscretionary retirement contributions, and medical, hospitalization, and disability insurance
coverage for _______________________________________ [obligor’s name] and ___________
[his/her] child(ren). Depending on the regularly scheduled wage and salary payments established
by the employer, the employer shall be ordered to withhold from earnings for child support on the
schedule appropriate to the employer's payroll period, as follows: $__________ monthly;
$__________ twice-monthly; $__________ every other week; or $__________ weekly, provided
that the amount of income withheld for any pay period shall not exceed 50 percent of the
disposable earnings of ______________________________________ [obligor’s name].



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       The first payment is due and payable no later than the first pay period that occurs 14 days
following the date on which the “Order Withholding from Earnings for Child Support” is served
upon the employer. The employer shall continue to withhold income as long as
______________________________________ [obligor’s name], remains in employment.

        IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all amounts withheld from the disposable earnings of
______________________________________ [obligor’s name] by the employer and paid in
accordance with the order to that employer shall constitute a credit against the child support
obligation. Payment of the full amount of child support ordered paid by this decree through the
means of withholding from earnings shall discharge the child support obligation. If the amount
withheld from earnings and credited against the child support obligation is less than 100 percent of
the amount ordered to be paid by this order, the balance due remains an obligation of
______________________________________ [obligor’s name] and it is hereby ORDERED that
______________________________________ [obligor’s name] pay the balance due directly to
the Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit at the following address:

               Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit
               P.O. Box 659791
               San Antonio, TX 78265-9941

        For the purposes of federal income tax withholding,
_______________________________________ [obligor’s name] is ORDERED to claim no
fewer than the actual number of his dependents on Form W-4.

        IT IS ORDERED that _______________________________ [obligor’s name] shall
notify this Court and _____________________________ [obligee’s name] by US certified mail,
return receipt requested, of any change of address and of any termination of employment. This
notice shall be given no later than seven (7) days after the change of address or the termination of
employment. This notice or a subsequent notice shall also provide the current address of
________________________________ [obligor's name] and the name and address of his current
employer, whenever that information becomes available.

        IT IS ORDERED that, on the request of a prosecuting attorney, the Attorney General,
_______________________________ [obligor's name], or ____________________________
[obligee’s name], the Clerk of this Court shall cause a certified copy of the “Order Withholding
from Earnings for Child Support” to be delivered to any employer. IT IS FURTHER
ORDERED that the Clerk of this Court shall attach a copy of Section 14.43 of the Texas Family
Code for the information of any employer.

       IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that all payments shall be made
through the Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit at the following address:

               Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit
               P.O. Box 659791
               San Antonio, TX 78265-9941



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and thereafter promptly remitted to ___________________________ [obligee’s name] for the
support of the child(ren).

         IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that __________________________
[obligor's name] shall pay, when due, all fees charged by the agency through whom child support
is paid.

                                        Additional Child Support

        As additional child support, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that
________________________________ [obligor's name] shall, as long as child support is payable
under the terms of this decree, maintain in full force and effect, at his sole cost and expense,
medical, dental, and health insurance providing coverage for the child(ren) of the parties equivalent
to that which provides such coverage at the date of the entry of this decree.

        As additional child support, ______________________________ [obligor's name] IS
ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED to pay fifty percent (50%) of all health care
expenses not paid by insurance that are incurred by or on behalf of the parties' child(ren),
including, without limitation, medical, prescription drug, psychiatric, psychological, dental, annual
deductibles and orthodontic charges.

        This provision shall not be interpreted to include expenses for psychological testing, travel
to and from the health care provider, or nonprescription medication.

        The decision to incur health care expenses shall be made by _________________________
[obligee’s name]. Reasonableness of the charges shall be presumed upon presentation of the bill to
___________________________ [obligor's name]. Disallowance of the bill by a health insurer
shall not excuse the obligation of either party to make payment.

       IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that ____________________________ [obligor's
name] shall provide to ________________________________ [obligee’s name] the following
information no later than the 30th day after the date notice of the rendition of this order is received:

        1. The social security number of _____________________________ [obligor's name];

        2. The name and address of _______________________________ [obligor's name];

        3. Whether the employer is self-insured or has health insurance available;

        4. Proof that health insurance has been provided for the child(ren); and

        5. The name of the health insurance carrier, the number of the policy, a copy of the policy
        and schedule of benefits, a health insurance membership card, claim forms, and any other
        information necessary to submit a claim; or, if the employer is self-insured, a copy of the
        schedule of benefits, a membership card, claim forms, and any other information necessary
        to submit a claim.


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        In addition to the above referred to information it is ORDERED AND DECREED that
____________________________ [obligor's name] shall provide any additional information
regarding health insurance coverage that becomes available to _____________________________
[obligor's name]. The herein referred to information regarding health insurance coverage must be
provided no later than the 15th day after the date the information is received.

        ______________________________ [obligee’s name] may send a certified copy of the
court order requiring _____________________________ [obligor's name] to provide health
insurance coverage for the child(ren) to ______________________________’s [obligor's name]
employer by certified mail, return receipt requested, at any time after the rendition of this Court's
Order. This Court Order is binding on the employer on receipt.

        ATTENTION: EMPLOYER OF _______________________________ [obligor's
name]: On receipt of the Court Order, ________________________________ [obligor's name]
employer shall immediately enroll the child(ren) in a health insurance plan available to
______________________________ [obligor's name]. If the employer is not able to immediately
enroll the child(ren), the employer shall enroll the child(ren) at the next available enrollment period
as a dependent of ____________________________ [obligor's name]. If the dependent coverage
is not available to ____________________________ [obligor's name] through the employer's
health insurance plan, the employer shall only be responsible for providing notice of this fact as
hereafter provided and is not responsible or otherwise liable for providing such coverage.

       If additional premiums are incurred as a result of adding the child(ren) to the health
insurance plan, the employer shall deduct the health insurance premium from the disposable
earnings of ______________________________ [obligor's name] in accordance with § 14.43 of
the Texas Family Code but shall apply the amounts withheld to payment of the insurance
premiums.

        An employer who has received this Order shall provide to __________________________
[obligee’s name] by first class mail and not later than the 30th day after the date the employer
receives this Court Order, a statement that the child(ren):

               1. Has/have been enrolled in a health insurance plan;

               2. Will be enrolled in a health insurance plan at the next available enrollment
               period and provide the expected date of such enrollment; or

               3. Cannot be enrolled in a health insurance plan and provide the reason why
               coverage cannot be provided.

       IT IS ORDERED that if _____________________________ [obligor's name] ceases to
be employed by you, the employer, or if the health insurance coverage lapses, the employer shall
provide _____________________________ [obligee’s name] by first class mail not later than the
15th day after the' date of the termination of the employment relationship or the lapse of the health
insurance policy, with notice of conversion privileges, if any.


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       IT IS ORDERED that if _______________________________ [obligor's name] fails to
provide health insurance as Ordered, ______________________ [obligor's name] is liable for any
necessary medical expenses of the child(ren), without regard to whether the expenses would have
been paid by health insurance, had it been provided.

        If the health insurance coverage for the child(ren) lapses or terminates, it is ORDERED
that _____________________________ [obligor's name] shall notify
_____________________________ [obligee’s name] not later than the 15th day after the date of
the termination or lapse. If additional health insurance is available or becomes available to
_____________________________ [obligor's name] for the child(ren),
_____________________________ [obligor's name] is ORDERED to notify
_____________________________ [obligee’s name] not later than the 15th day after the date the
insurance becomes available. __________________________ [obligor's name] is ORDERED to
enroll the child(ren) in a health insurance plan at the next available enrollment period.

        On request, the employer shall release to _______________________________________
[obligee’s name] information concerning the available health insurance coverage, including the
name of the health insurance carrier, the policy number, a copy of the policy and schedule of
benefits, a health insurance membership card and claim forms.

                                       Spousal Maintenance
                                      [if requested in Petition]

       IT IS ORDERED that Respondent pay to Petitioner postdivorce maintenance in the

amount of $____________ per month for a period of three years in accordance with chapter 8 of

the Texas Family Code.

                    Withholding From Earnings for Spousal Maintenance

        IT IS ORDERED that any employer of ________________________________________
[Respondent/obligor’s name] shall be ordered to withhold from earnings for spousal maintenance
from the disposable earnings of _____________________________________ [obligor’s name] for
the support of
_______________________________________________________________________________
[name of spouse]. “Earnings” means paid or payable to
_____________________________________________ [obligor’s name] for personal services,
whether called wages, salary, commission, bonus, or otherwise, and includes period payments
pursuant to a pension, disability and retirement program, and unemployment benefits. “Disposable
earnings” is that part of the earnings of _______________________________________ [obligor’s
name] remaining after deduction of any amounts required by law to be withheld, union dues,
nondiscretionary retirement contributions, and medical, hospitalization, and disability insurance
coverage for _______________________________________ [obligor’s name] and ___________
[his/her] child(ren). Depending on the regularly scheduled wage and salary payments established


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by the employer, the employer shall be ordered to withhold from earnings for spousal maintenance
on the schedule appropriate to the employer's payroll period, as follows: $__________ monthly;
$__________ twice-monthly; $__________ every other week; or $__________ weekly, provided
that the amount of income withheld for any pay period shall not exceed 50 percent of the
disposable earnings of ______________________________________ [obligor’s name].

       The first payment is due and payable no later than the first pay period that occurs 14 days
following the date on which the “Order Withholding from Earnings for Spousal Maintenance” is
served upon the employer. The employer shall continue to withhold income as long as
______________________________________ [obligor’s name], remains in employment.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all amounts withheld from the disposable earnings of
______________________________________ [obligor’s name] by the employer and paid in
accordance with the order to that employer shall constitute a credit against the spousal maintenance
obligation. Payment of the full amount of spousal maintenance ordered paid by this decree through
the means of withholding from earnings shall discharge the spousal maintenance obligation. If the
amount withheld from earnings and credited against the spousal maintenance obligation is less than
100 percent of the amount ordered to be paid by this order, the balance due remains an obligation
of ______________________________________ [obligor’s name] and it is hereby ORDERED
that ______________________________________ [obligor’s name] pay the balance due directly
to Petitioner.

        IT IS ORDERED that _______________________________ [obligor’s name] shall
notify this Court and _____________________________ [obligee’s name] by US certified mail,
return receipt requested, of any change of address and of any termination of employment. This
notice shall be given no later than seven (7) days after the change of address or the termination of
employment. This notice or a subsequent notice shall also provide the current address of
________________________________ [obligor's name] and the name and address of his current
employer, whenever that information becomes available.

                                      Notice of Address Change

         Each party is HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED to keep the other
party fully and promptly informed of his or her current address, home telephone number, name of
employer, place of employment, and work telephone number and of the address of the child(ren)'s
school or day-care center. Each party who intends a change of place of residence is ORDERED,
ADJUDGED, AND DECREED to give written notice of the intended date of change and the new
address of residence to the other party on or before 30 days before the change of residence, or, if
the party did not know and could not have known of the change before the 30-day period, on the
first day the party knew or should have known of the change.

                                      Property of the Child(ren)

      IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that any property now owned or held by
_________________________________ [name] for the parties’ child(ren) is placed under sole



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and exclusive control of _____________________________________ [name], including,
without Uniform Gifts to Minors Act accounts and trusted accounts.

                                         Medical Notification

       Each party is ORDERED AND DECREED to inform the other party within 24 hours of
any medical condition of the parties’ child(ren) requiring surgical intervention and/or
hospitalization.

                      Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course

        IT IS ORDERED that _______________________________ [petitioner’s name] and
____________________________________ [respondent’s name] shall each individually register
to attend a parent education and family stabilization course with
______________________________________________________________________________
[name of individual, program, or facility] at
______________________________________________________________________________
[address & telephone no.] on or before _______________________________ [date].

        On completion of the course, the course provider shall issue a certificate of completion to
each participant. The certificate must state the name of the participant; the name of the course
provider; the date the course was completed; and whether the course was provided by personal
instruction, video-tape instruction, instruction through an electronic means, or a combination of
those methods.

         Within ten days after completion of that parent education and family stabilization course,
______________________________________ [petitioner’s name] and
______________________________________ [respondent’s name] are each ORDERED to file
a certificate of completion or other comparable proof of completion of the course with the clerk
of this Court and to mail a copy to the other party.

       IT IS ORDERED that each party shall pay for the costs of that party’s own attendance at
the course.

                          STATUTORY WARNINGS TO PARTIES

                                Texas Family Code § 105.006(d)

     FAILURE TO OBEY A COURT ORDER FOR CHILD SUPPORT OR FOR
POSSESSION OF OR ACCESS TO A CHILD MAY RESULT IN FURTHER
LITIGATION TO ENFORCE THE ORDER, INCLUDING CONTEMPT OF COURT. A
FINDING OF CONTEMPT MAY BE PUNISHED BY CONFINEMENT IN JAIL FOR UP
TO SIX MONTHS, A FINE OF UP TO $500 FOR EACH VIOLATION, AND A MONEY
JUDGMENT FOR PAYMENT OF ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COURT COSTS.




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     FAILURE OF A PARTY TO MAKE A CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENT TO THE
PLACE AND IN THE MANNER REQUIRED BY A COURT ORDER MAY RESULT IN
THE PARTY NOT RECEIVING CREDIT FOR MAKING THE PAYMENT.

     FAILURE OF A PARTY TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT DOES NOT JUSTIFY
DENYING THAT PARTY COURT-ORDERED POSSESSION OF OR ACCESS TO A
CHILD. REFUSAL BY A PARTY TO ALLOW POSSESSION OF OR ACCESS TO A
CHILD DOES NOT JUSTIFY FAILURE TO PAY COURT-ORDERED CHILD
SUPPORT TO THAT PARTY.

                      Texas Family Code § 105.006(e)

     EACH PERSON WHO IS A PARTY TO THIS ORDER IS ORDERED TO
NOTIFY EACH OTHER PARTY, THE COURT, AND THE STATE CASE REGISTRY
OF ANY CHANGE IN THE PARTY’S CURRENT RESIDENCE ADDRESS, MAILING
ADDRESS, HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER, NAME OF EMPLOYER, ADDRESS OF
EMPLOYMENT, DRIVER’S LICENSE NUMBER, AND WORK TELEPHONE
NUMBER. THE PARTY IS ORDERED TO GIVE NOTICE OF AN INTENDED
CHANGE IN ANY OF THE REQUIRED INFORMATION TO EACH OTHER PARTY,
THE COURT, AND THE STATE CASE REGISTRY ON OR BEFORE THE 60TH DAY
BEFORE THE INTENDED CHANGE. IF THE PARTY DOES NOT KNOW OR COULD
NOT HAVE KNOWN OF THE CHANGE IN SUFFICIENT TIME TO PROVIDE 60-
DAY NOTICE, THE PARTY IS ORDERED TO GIVE NOTICE OF THE CHANGE ON
OR BEFORE THE FIFTH DAY AFTER THE DATE THAT THE PARTY KNOWS OF
THE CHANGE.

     THE DUTY TO FURNISH THIS INFORMATION TO EACH OTHER PARTY,
THE COURT, AND THE STATE CASE REGISTRY CONTINUES AS LONG AS ANY
PERSON, BY VIRTUE OF THIS ORDER, IS UNDER AN OBLIGATION TO PAY
CHILD SUPPORT OR ENTITLED TO POSSESSION OF OR ACCESS TO A CHILD.

      FAILURE BY A PARTY TO OBEY THE ORDER OF THIS COURT TO
PROVIDE EACH OTHER PARTY, THE COURT, AND THE STATE CASE REGISTRY
WITH THE CHANGE IN THE REQUIRED INFORMATION MAY RESULT IN
FURTHER LITIGATION TO ENFORCE THE ORDER, INCLUDING CONTEMPT OF
COURT. A FINDING OF CONTEMPT MAY BE PUNISHED BY CONFINEMENT IN
JAIL FOR UP TO SIX MONTHS, A FINE OF UP TO $500 FOR EACH VIOLATION,
AND A MONEY JUDGMENT FOR PAYMENT OF ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COURT
COSTS.

                     Texas Family Code § 105.006(e-1)

NOTICE TO ANY PEACE OFFICER OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: YOU MAY USE
REASONABLE EFFORTS TO ENFORCE THE TERMS OF CHILD CUSTODY
SPECIFIED IN THIS ORDER. A PEACE OFFICER WHO RELIES ON THE TERMS OF
A COURT ORDER AND THE OFFICER’S AGENCY ARE ENTITLED TO THE


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APPLICABLE IMMUNITY AGAINST ANY CLAIM, CIVIL OR OTHERWISE,
REGARDING THE OFFICER’S GOOD FAITH ACTS PERFORMED IN THE SCOPE OF
THE OFFICER’S DUTIES IN ENFORCING THE TERMS OF THE ORDER THAT
RELATE TO CHILD CUSTODY. ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY PRESENTS FOR
ENFORCEMENT AN ORDER THAT IS INVALID OR NO LONGER IN EFFECT
COMMITS AN OFFENSE THAT MAY BE PUNISHABLE BY CONFINEMENT IN JAIL
FOR AS LONG AS TWO YEARS AND A FINE OF AS MUCH AST $10,000.

                                 Division of the Marital Estate

                     [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.
                           Mark through that which does not apply.]

       _____ There is no community property to divide.

       _____ The parties have reached an agreement as to property and this agreement is
             attached to this final decree of divorce as Exhibit _______ [exhibit number or
             letter].

       _____ The Court finds that the following is a just and right division of the parties’
             marital estate, having due regard for the rights of each party and the child(ren) of
             the marriage.

        IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that _____________________________________
[name] appear at ______________________________________________________________
[location] and at that place and occasion, deliver the following property and execute, having
acknowledged, and deliver to ___________________________________ [name] the following
instruments:

  [List and describe property to be exchanged and delivered, including full address and legal
                       description, and list the documents to be signed.]
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________

                                         Federal Income Tax

      IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that
______________________________ [name] shall have the right to claim the child(ren) as


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dependent for all federal income tax purposes, beginning with the year __________ [year], and for
all subsequent years, until by operation of law,
_______________________________________________________________________________
[name(s) of child(ren)] become(s) ineligible to be claimed as dependent.
                       _____ Name Change for Petitioner or Respondent

        The Court finds that _____________________’s [Petitioner OR Respondent] name prior
to her marriage to ________________________ [Petitioner OR Respondent] was
______________________________________________________________________ [name],
and that the same should be restored to her.

      IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that ______________________’s [Petitioner OR
Respondent] name is changed to:
_______________________________________________________________________ [name].

                                           Clarifying Orders

        Without affecting the finality of this Decree of Divorce, this Court expressly reserves the
right to make orders necessary to clarify and enforce this Decree.

                                          Relief Not Granted

       IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that all relief requested in this cause and not
expressly granted is hereby denied.

                                           Date of Judgment

SIGNED on ____________________________ [date].

                                                                        _______________________________
                                                                                      JUDGE PRESIDING




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                            SAMPLE PROVE UP – WITH CHILDREN

Good morning, Your Honor. My name is ______________________________ [your name]. I
am here to prove up a Final Decree of Divorce.

I am presently married to ________________________________________ [name of spouse].

I have been a domiciliary of Texas for the preceding six-month period and a resident of this
county for the preceding 90-day period, prior to the time this suit was filed.

I was married to _____________________________ [name of spouse] on
___________________________ [date]. We ceased to live together as husband and wife on or
about ________________________ [date].

My marriage to ___________________________________ [name of spouse] has become
insupportable because of a discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of
the marriage relationship. There is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation.

There were/was ___________ child(ren) born or adopted during the period of this marriage.
They are:

________________________________ [name of child], age ___________ [age of child].

________________________________ [name of child], age ___________ [age of child].

________________________________ [name of child], age ___________ [age of child].

I am not / My wife is not now expecting a child.

There are no court-ordered conservatorships, guardianships, or other court-ordered relationships
affecting this/these child(ren) prior to this divorce proceeding.

The child(ren) own(s) no property.

My ___________________ [husband or wife] and I have entered into an agreement concerning
the conservatorship and support of the child(ren). We believe that this agreement is in the best
interest of the child(ren) and we ask that the court approve the agreement.

My ___________________ [husband or wife] and I have entered into an agreement concerning
the division of our property and debts. We believe that this agreement is fair and equitable to
both myself and my ____________________ [husband or wife].

I ask the Court to grant me a divorce and approve all of the agreements my _________________
[husband or wife] and I have entered into.

That is all I have, Your Honor.

______________________________________________________________________________
If Child Support is ordered in your Final Decree, you must completely fill out and return the Child Support
Account Set Up Form to the Collin County Child Support office at 2100 Bloomdale Drive in McKinney.
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