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***These forms are not a substitute for legal advice.*** ***These forms are not a substitute for legal advice.*** $4.00 By law, no member of the Law Library staff may give any patron legal advice. Accordingly, staff may not interpret legal materials for patrons, advise them as to how the law might apply to their particular situation, or assist them in preparing and filling out legal forms of any kind. Staff can provide patrons legal assistance by directing them to topical print materials, sections, and subject headings that might be helpful in answering a particular question. SAPCR – NONPARENT This form packet contains these documents: 1. Texas Family Code Information 2. Original Petition in Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship 3. Affidavit for UCCJEA Information 4. Collin County Standing Order Regarding Children, Property, & Conduct of the Parties 5. Waiver of Citation (2) 6. Order Setting Hearing Date 7. Certificate of Service (2) 8. Order in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship ***DO NOT FILE THIS ENTIRE PACKET*** ***FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN ORDER*** Steps to Follow: 1. Read the Texas Family Code information very carefully before you begin. 2. Prepare the Original Petition in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship. If the form provided fits your set of circumstances you may use it as a “fill in the blank.

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***These forms are not a substitute for legal advice.***
***These forms are not a substitute for legal advice.*** $4.00 By law, no member of the Law Library staff may give any patron legal advice. Accordingly, staff may not interpret legal materials for patrons, advise them as to how the law might apply to their particular situation, or assist them in preparing and filling out legal forms of any kind. Staff can provide patrons legal assistance by directing them to topical print materials, sections, and subject headings that might be helpful in answering a particular question.  SAPCR – NONPARENT  This form packet contains these documents:  1. Texas Family Code Information 2. Original Petition in Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship 3. Affidavit for UCCJEA Information 4. Collin County Standing Order Regarding Children, Property, & Conduct of the Parties 5. Waiver of Citation (2) 6. Order Setting Hearing Date 7. Certificate of Service (2) 8. Order in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship  ***DO NOT FILE THIS ENTIRE PACKET*** ***FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN ORDER ***  Steps to Follow:  1. Read theTexas Family Codeinformation very carefully before you begin.  2. Prepare theOriginal Petition in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship. 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 parties are the “Respondents.” 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.   3. Sign theAffidavit for UCCJEA Information NOT sign thein front of a Notary Public. DO Affidavit UNTIL you are in front of the notary.    4. ***Be sure to attach a copy of theCollin County Standing Order Regarding Children, Property and Conduct of the Partiesto the Original Petition.***  5. Make three additional copies of the Original Petition, Affidavit, AND the Collin County Standing Order to take with you when you file.  
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6. File all four copies of the Original Petitionin the District Clerk’s office of the county in which the child resides. If the child resides 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 NOTfile this entire packet of papers -ONLYfile the copies of the Original Petition!!!Do not sign the Waiver of Citation at this time.It must be signed by the other party and filedafterthe Original Petition is filed with the Clerk.  7. Give aWaiver of Citationto each other partyalong with a copy of the Petition that has been stamped “filed” by the District Clerk. The following persons should be given a Waiver: a. all parents of the child whose parental rights have not been terminated. b. any managing conservator whose parental rights have not been terminated. c. any guardian of the child. The other parties should sign their Waiver of Citation in front of a Notary Public. File the signed Waiver(s) in the District Clerk’s office. Give theOrder Setting Hearing Dateform to the Clerk at this time. The Clerk will arrange to get a hearing date set for you.  8. If a 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, you may then present the Clerk with theOrder Setting Hearing Dateform. The Clerk will arrange to get a hearing date set for you.  9. You must send a certified copy(a copy stamped by the Clerk) of the Order Setting Hearing Date to all other parties via certified mail, return receipt requested. This constitutes giving them notice of when the hearing will take place. Complete aCertificate of Serviceform for each form that you mailed out and attach the completed return receipt to it. File these with the District Clerk.  10. Prepare theOrder in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship,changing it to fit your set of circumstances. When preparing these forms, the personpayingthe child support is the “Obligor” and the personr eceivingthe child support is the “Obligee document is not.” This 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.This is a court order; once it is signed by a judge, it requires a hearing to be changed. Make sure that the document represents your facts.  11. Make three additional copies of the prepared Order to take with you to the hearing.  12. On your hearing date,bring  Alsoall four copies of your prepared Order with you to court. bring a copy of the filed Original Petition. Give all of the copies of your prepared Order 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 present your Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship.
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 13. At the hearing,following is recommended to properly address the Court:the “Good morning/afternoon, Your Honor. I am here to present my Petition in Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship.” Summarize each paragraph of the Original Petition and present the prepared Order to the judge to be signed.    FAMILY CODE TITLE 5. THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP AND THE SUIT AFFECTING THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP SUBTITLE A. GENERAL PROVISIONS CHAPTER 102. FILING SUIT Texas Family Code § 102.003 (2009)  § 102.003. General Standing to File Suit   (a) An original suit may be filed at any time by:  (1) a parent of the child;  (2) the child through a representative authorized by the court;  (3) a custodian or person having the right of visitation with or access  to the child appointed by an order of a court of another state or  country;  (4) a guardian of the person or of the estate of the child;  (5) a governmental entity;  (6) an authorized agency;  (7) a licensed child placing agency;  (8) a man alleging himself to be the father of a child filing in accordance with Chapter 160, subject to the limitations of that chapter, but not otherwise;  (9) a person, other than a foster parent, who has had actual care, control, and possession of the child for at least six months ending not more than 90 days preceding the date of the filing of the petition;  (10) a person designated as the managing conservator in a revoked or unrevoked affidavit of relinquishment under Chapter 161 or to whom consent to adoption has been given in writing under Chapter 162;  (11) a person with whom the child and the child's guardian, managing conservator, or parent have resided for at least six months ending not more than 90 days preceding the date of the filing of the petition if the child's guardian, managing conservator, or parent is deceased at the time of the filing of the petition;  (12) a person who is the foster parent of a child placed by the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services in the person's home for at least 12 months ending not more than 90 days preceding the date of the filing of the petition;  (13) a person who is a relative of the child within the third degree by consanguinity, as determined by Chapter 573, Government Code, if the child's parents are deceased at the time of the filing of the petition;or
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 (14) a person who has been named as a prospective adoptive parent of a child by a pregnant woman or the parent of the child, in a verified written statement to confer standing executed under Section 102.0035, regardless of whether the child has been born.  (b) In computing the time necessary for standing under Subsections (a)(9), (11), and (12), the court may not require that the time be continuous and uninterrupted but shall consider the child's principal residence during the relevant time preceding the date of commencement of the suit.  (c) Notwithstanding the time requirements of Subsection (a)(12), a person who is the foster parent of a child may file a suit to adopt a child for whom the person is providing foster care at any time after the person has been approved to adopt the child. The standing to file suit under this subsection applies only to the adoption of a child who is eligible to be adopted.   FAMILY CODE TITLE 5. THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP AND THE SUIT AFFECTING THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP SUBTITLE A. GENERAL PROVISIONS CHAPTER 102. FILING SUIT  Texas Family Code § 102.004 (2009)  § 102.004. Standing for Grandparent or Other Person   (a) In addition to the general standing to file suit provided by Section 102.003, a grandparent, or another relative of the child related within the third degree by consanguinity, may file an original suit requesting managing conservatorship if there is satisfactory proof to the court that:  (1) the order requested is necessary because the child's present circumstances would significantly impair the child's physical health or emotional development; or  (2) both parents, the surviving parent, or the managing conservator or custodian either filed the petition or consented to the suit.  (b) An original suit requesting possessory conservatorship may not be filed by a grandparent or other person. However, the court may grant a grandparent or other person deemed by the court to have had substantial past contact with the child leave to intervene in a pending suit filed by a person authorized to do so under this subchapter if there is satisfactory proof to the court that appointment of a parent as a sole managing conservator or both parents as joint managing conservators would significantly impair the child's physical health or emotional development.  (c) Possession of or access to a child by a grandparent is governed by the standards established by Chapter 153.      
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***These forms are not a substitute for legal advice. *** Case No. ____________________   In the Interest of | In the District Court  ____________________________ |  And | Collin County, Texas  ____________________________ |  Minor Child(ren) | Judicial District _______  ORIGINAL PETITION IN SUIT AFFECTING THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP  I. Discovery   Discovery in this case is intended to be conducted under Level 2 of Rule 190 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.  II. Petitioner  ________________  This suit is brought by ______ ________ [petitioner’s name], Petitioner, who is ______ [age] years of age and resides at:   ______________________________________________________________________________  [address]. Petitioner is the _____________________________ [relationship to child(ren)] of the child(ren) the subject of this suit. Petitioner has standing to bring this suit in that ________ [he/she]: [State facts that give Petitioner standing to bring suit. You may need to refer to the Texas Family Code information provided.] ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  III. Jurisdiction   No court has continuing jurisdiction of this suit or of the child(ren) the subject of this suit.  IV. Children   The following child(ren) _______ [is/are] the subject of this suit:  ____________________________________________________________ Name of Child One: Sex: ________________________________________________________________________ Birthplace: __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Birth Date: Present Residence: ____________________________________________________________  \\Ccdata01\law library\Family Law\SAPCR\SAPCR-NonParent.doc  Revised 10/27/2009  6
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Name of Child Two: ____________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Sex: thpl __________________________________________________________________ Bir ace: __________________________________________________________________ Birth Date: Present Residence: ____________________________________________________________  V. Person(s) Entitled to Citation  The mother of the child(ren) the subject of this suit is ______________________________________ [mother’s name], who is [age] years of ______ age and resides at:  ______________________________________________________________________________ [address].  [the following by placing a check mark.Select one of ]    Process should be served at that address. _____  No service is necessary at this time; waiver of citation will be signed and filed. _____ _____ Citation by publication or other substituted service is necessary for the reasons stated in the attached affidavit.  The father of the child(ren) the subject of this suit is ______________________________________ [father’s name], who is ______ [age] years of age and resides at: ______________________________________________________________________________  [address].  [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]    Process should be served at that address. _____  _____ No service is necessary at this time; waiver of citation will be signed and filed. _____ Citation by publication or other substituted service is necessary for the reasons stated in the attached affidavit.  VI. Court-Ordered Relationships  [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]  1. There are no court-ordered co -_____ conservatorships, urt ordered guardianships, or other court-ordered relationships affecting the child(ren) the subject of this suit.  _____ 2. Person(s) having a court-ordered relationship with the child(ren) the subject of this suit are:  Name: ____________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Present Residence:
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ip ______________________________________________________ Relationsh :  [Select one of the following by placing a check mark.]   Process should be served at that address. _____  _____ No service is necessary at this time; waiver of citation will be signed and filed. _____ Citation by publication or other substituted service is necessary for the reasons stated in the attached affidavit.  VII. UCCJEA Information  Information required by section 152.209 of the Texas Family Code is provided in the attached affidavit.  VIII. 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.insurance is in effect for the child(ren). Private health _____________________________________________  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.  _____ild(ren). 2.is not in effect for the ch Private health insurance  The child(ren) _________ [are/are not] receiving Medicaid benefits under chapter 32, Human Resources Code.  (ren) _______ [ re/are not] receiving health benefits coverage under the The child a 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].   The mother of the children, __________________________________ [mother’s name], ________________ [has s not have] access to private health insurance at reasonable  /doe cost to her.  The father of the children, __________________________________ [father’s name],
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________________ [has/does not have] access to private health insurance at reasonable cost to him.  IX. Child(ren)’s Property   No property of consequence is owned or possessed by the child(ren) the subject of this suit.  X. Conservatorship   The parents of the child(ren) are or will be separated. The appointment of the parents as joint managing conservators would not be in the best interest of the child(ren). It is in the best interest of the child(ren) that Petitioner, ___________________________________ [petitioner’s name] be appointed Nonparent Sole Managing Conservator of the child(ren).   Petitioner should be designated as the conservator who has the exclusive right to determine the primary residence of the child(ren). Alternatively, the residence of the child(ren) should be restricted to ___________________ [name of county] County, Texas, and any county contiguous to it.  XI. Support  ___________________________________ [mother’s name] and ___________________________________ [father’s name], Respondents, are obligated to support the child(ren) and should be ordered by the Court to make payments for the support of the child(ren) in the manner specified by the Court.  XII. Prayer   Petitioner prays that citation and notice issue as required by law and that the Court enter its orders in accordance with the allegations contained in this petition.  Petitioner prays for general relief.  Respectfully submitted, __________________________________  [Petitioner’s signature]  __________________________________ [Typed or printed name] __________________________________   __________________________________ __________________________________  [Address & telephone no.]    
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____________________ Case No.   In the Interest of | In the District Court  ________ | ________________ ____  And | Collin County, Texas ____________________________ |     Minor Child(ren) | _______ Judicial District  AFFIDAVIT FOR UCCJEA INFORMATION  THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF _____________   BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority, personally appeared __________________________________ [petitioner’s name], who, by me duly sworn, deposed as follows:   “My name is __________________________________ [petitioner’s name]. I am competent to make this affidavit. The facts stated in this affidavit are within my personal knowledge and are true and correct.   “I am the Petitioner in this case.   “The child(ren)’s present address is: ________________________________________________________________________    [address].  “For the past five years immediately preceding the date of this affidavit, the child(ren) _______ [has/have] lived at the following address(es) with the following person(s):   Address: ______________________________________________________  Person Lived With: ________________________________________________  Dates: From until _______________________ ___________________________  ______________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________  Person Lived With: _______________________ ___________________________  Dates: From until  “I have not participated, as a party or as a witness or in any other capacity, in any other proceeding concerning the custody of or visitation with the child(ren) in Texas or any other state.  “I do not know of any proceeding that could affect this proceeding, including proceedings for enforcement and proceedings relating to domestic violence, protective orders, termination or parental rights, and adoptions.
 
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“I do not know of any person not a party to this proceeding who has physical custody of the child(ren) or claims rights of legal custody or physical custody of, or visitation with, the child(ren).”   
 ________________________________ [Petitioner’s signature]  ________________________________ [Typed or printed name]
 SIGNED under oath before me on ___ [date]. ___________________   
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 ________________________________ [Signature of Notary Public]  ________________________________ [Typed or printed name] Notary Public in and for the State of Texas y xpires: ______________ M commission e