Due to the public health emergency and the declaration of local disaster, the Visitation and Access Orientation had been postponed until further notice. We are currently exploring an online/streaming solution should the live session currently scheduled for April 24th require such.
Currently, the biggest question we receive from parents is whether or not the stay in place mandates impact possession and access schedules. The short answer is NO, there is no impact on unsupervised possession and access orders, but please seek the advice of private counsel for further explanation or issues that may impact your particular case. The Supreme Court of Texas in the SEVENTH EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING THE COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER states in part:
For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the existing trial court order shall control in all instances. Possession of and access to a child shall not be affected by any shelter-in place order or other order restricting movement issued by a governmental entity that arises from an epidemic or pandemic, including what is commonly referred to as the COVID-19 pandemic. (Misc. Docket No. 20-9050)
The entirety of that Order can be found at http://www.txcourts.gov/media/1446251/209050.pdf
Additionally, Tarrant County has suspended the Supervised Possession and Access sessions held at the Tarrant County Family Courts Building until further notice. If your access or exchanges occur at the family courthouse, please check with Family Court Services for any updates on when the program will resume.
We will try our best to keep you informed with the latest updates and information. Our priority is the health and safety of you and the greater community. We appreciate your patience and understanding. I look forward to serving you during these unusual times. Should you have other questions or concerns, please email:
To serve families, county departments and the courts to maximize the quality of life for Tarrant County families by providing services and information to assist parties in understanding and complying with the party's duties and obligations concerning child support, medical support, access and possession.
Enforcement and Modification of Child Support
Enforcement and Modification of Medical Support, includes:
1. Enforcement of unreimbursed health insurance premiums
2. Enforcement of unreimbursed health care expenses
Enforcement of Access and Possession (Visitation)
Family Law Center
200 East Weatherford Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76196-0290
Please include your Cause No. located at the top of your court order
when sending email correspondence.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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