|The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) — is the state government agency charged with protecting children and elderly and disabled adults from abuse and neglect. DFPS administers a variety of programs ranging from child protection to child care licensing and adult protective services. Follow the Quick Links on the site to find information about:|
- Texas child care (searchable database);
- Reporting abuse and neglect of elderly adults;
- Teens, including the Texas Youth Hotline;
- Adults and children with disabilities.
Travis County Domestic Relations Office — handles specific areas of family law for the Travis County District Courts, and provides a wealth of family law information and links on its website. The Domestic Relations Office can help you with:
- Child support collection and enforcement,
- Visitation order enforcement;
- Family court services;
- Release from jail.The site also provides information for divorcing and separating parents, and downloadable forms.
ParentingInformation.Org — is a project of the Mental Health Association in Texas. The site offers a variety of parenting and mental health articles and brochures. Topics covered include:
- ADHD and kids;
- Positive parenting;
- Texas parents as teachers;
- Child and adolescent mental health;
- Coping with traumatic events – Hurricane Katrina resources.Resources and website available in English and Spanish.
2-1-1 Texas — allows Texans to easily identify health and human services in their local community. Texas residents can call 2-1-1 to speak with an information and referral specialist or they can use the 2-1-1 website to search a database of over 6,000 Texas-wide agencies. 2-1-1 can help you locate a range of local resources ranging from rental assistance to counseling and after-school programs. The site also contains a searchable Child Services database (https://www.211texas.org/211/search/childservices/index.jsp?expandCCSMenu=true).TexasOnline — is the official State of Texas website. This government portal provides a wide array of online services and links. To find out about a particular family service or topic, use the online search function, or follow the Health and Family Services (http://www.state.tx.us/category.jsp?language=eng&categoryId=7) link. The site is available in English and Spanish. Healthy Texas — is an initiative of the University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio) and the Women and Family Information Network. Healthy Texas is committed to improving the health and quality of life of the people of South Texas. The site provides:
- Basic health information.
- Health Texas Directory (lists health care people, facilities and services in the 38 counties of South Texas).
Texas HealthOptions.com — is a service provided by the State of Texas. The website provides information and tools so that Texans can effectively shop for and compare health care coverage. The site allows you to search for health care options based on your particular profile (e.g. individual, parent or guardian, small business employer, etc.). Texas HealthOptions.com — is a service provided by the State of Texas. The website provides information and tools so that Texans can effectively shop for and compare health care coverage. The site allows you to search for health care options based on your particular profile (e.g. individual, parent or guardian, small business employer, etc.). The State Bar of Texas — provides information on a variety of family-related legal issues. Brochures are available for download and cover topics such as:
- Seniors and the law;
- Navigating Texas family law court;
- Consumer issues.The site also provides links to other helpful resources. Some pamphlets are available in Spanish.
Free Advice Family Law Center — is a comprehensive source of articles and answers to frequently asked questions. Topics covered include:
- Adoption law;
- Child support;
- Child custody;
- Divorce law;
- Domestic violence;
- Spousal support;
- Pre-marital agreements.
Information to assist people with low and moderate incomes in finding legal resources infoAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Provides free information to the public regarding the general divorce processAmerican Bar Association Public Resources.Texas Attorney General Child Support EnforcementWikipedia, A Free EncyclopediaGoogle.com, Premier search engineTravis County Domestic Relations OfficeTexas Department of Family Protective Services
- Child Welfare Policy Manual. Covers AFCARS, CAPTA, Independent Living, MEPA/IEAP, Monitoring, SACWIS, Title IV-B, Title IV-E, and Tribes/Indian Tribal Organizations. From the Children’s Bureau.
- Children’s Rights. Covers child abuse, neglect, and emancipation.
- Conception, Birth and Paternity in Connecticut. By Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries.
- Family Law. Features articles on adoption, child custody, divorce, family law, marriage and more. From Cornell Law School.
- Family Law Handbook. [PDF] Covers the legal implications of marriage in Washington state, including prenuptial agreements, ending a marriage, property rights, and spousal maintenance (alimony). From the Washington Courts.
- FAQs About Qualified Domestic Relations Orders. From the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Grandparents Rights. Covers the custodial and visitation rights of grandparents to their grandchildren.
- International Family Law: A Selective Resource Guide. From LLRX.com
- Marital and Civil Union Property in Connecticut. By the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries.
- Marriage, Divorce and Name Changes. Discusses the effects of a divorce on social security benefits. From the United States Social Security Administration.
- Paternity. Covers how to establish paternity, as well as the benefits of establishing paternity.
- Paternity Actions in Connecticut. Offers a guide to resources in the law library. By the Connecticut Judicial Branch.
- Petitioning Procedures: Bringing a Spouse (Husband or Wife) to Live in the United States. Provides information for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who wish to petition for or “sponsor” a spouse (husband or wife) to live permanently in the U.S. From the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Privacy Rights and Personal Autonomy. Covers the personal privacy rights protected by the Constitution, including the right to an abortion, the right to use contraception, and the right to engage in privacy consensual sexual activities.
- Publication 504: Divorced or Separated Individuals. Covers filing status, exemptions, alimony, qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) and IRAs. From the Internal Revenue Service.
- ABA Guide to Family Law. Online book on premarital and postmarital agreements, marriage, children, divorce, alimony, child support, child custody and visitation. From the American Bar Association.
- Administration for Children and Families. Offers resources on adoption, foster care, child abuse & neglect, child care, child support and more. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Features articles and publications on marital law.
- Child and Family Pamphlets and Self-Help Materials. From the Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway. Offers resources on adoption, child abuse and neglect.
- Children & Family. Provides resources on intercountry adoption, international child abduction, marriage abroad, divorce abroad and other family issues. From the United States Department of State.
- Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Offers resources on adoption.
- Family Law & Immigration. Features articles on parenting, adoption, marriage, cohabitation, divorce and child custody. From Nolo.
- Hilton House. Provides information on The Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (The Convention), its United States implementing legislation and information about the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) and its Federal counterpart.
- Internal Revenue Services (IRS). Offers tax information for divorce or separated individuals.
- International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and expert family law specialists in their respective countries.
- Marriage and Divorce. Features press releases, psychology news, and journal articles. From the American Psychological Association.
- Office of Child Support Enforcement. Provides assistance in locating parents, establishing paternity and enforcing support obligations. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Covers qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs) submitted to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
- reunite. Offers resources on international child abduction.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Provides information on inter-country adoption and fiancé and fiancée visas.