Two More Important, NEW Additions to the Texas Family Code

As I posted in a blog earlier this week, this year we had another bi-annual legislative session in which new bills were introduced to become law. Some passed, many others did not. Two NEW changes to the Texas Family Code effective this September 1st you will need to know: 1. Now, if you file a Petition to Modify and request Temporary Orders to change primary custody, not only must you plead that failure to change custody will cause significant impairment to the child, you must now ALSO attach a sworn affidavit setting out facts which constitute significant impairment in order to get a temporary hearing set on the docket. Until now, you needed only allege in your petition, signed by your attorney, that there would be significant impairment. This is an important procedural change. 2.  A court may no longer prohibit a spouse from executing a new Will or an amendment (called a Codicil ) to an existing Will, or from revoking a prior Will. This prohibition has been used in many counties


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