Legal Resources

 

Legal Resources

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:
  • Adoption;
  • 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;
  • Divorce;
  • 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:

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

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Timothy Hutton

Divorce and Custody Lawyer at Hutton Law, PLLC
Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas.

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