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This article tells you how to serve your spouse with the initial divorce papers.   
This article tells you how to set a contested final hearing in a family law case. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.  
The article tells you how to ask the judge to set aside (cancel) a default judgment made without you.
To lower the risks during the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas courts have changed their operations to protect the health and safety of the public.
This article contains a link that can give you some background on the civil litigation system in Texas. This video was developed by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. 
This article tells you about civil subpoenas, including what they are and what to do if you need to respond to one. This article was written for lawyers, but is reproduced here to provide as much information as possible to help you. If you recieved a subpoena it is a good idea to contact an attorney for help. 
This article discusses serving incarcerated persons in Texas with citation and documents in a family law case.  
This article tells you about service by posting. To print out both the instructions and forms, click here.   
This article tells you how to serve the other parent by publication. For the instructions and forms combined for publication in a divorce with children, click here. 
This article explains the use of standing orders in some Texas counties. A standing order is a court order that automatically takes effect (starts) when a case is filed.  
This article tells you about statutes of limitation in Texas. A statute of limitation is a deadline, according to the law, by which lawsuits must be filed. This article was written by Texas Legal Services Center. 
This handbook tells you about Harris County family courts and other family law issues.
Ticket Help Texas is a resource for Texans who owe fines and costs in criminal cases that they are unable to pay. This toolkit was published by the Texas Fair Defense Project and Texas Appleseed.
This article tells you general information on what to do and not to do in a courtroom.
This article provides answers to common questions about moving (transferring) your civil case to a court in a different county. This article only applies to civil (not family law) cases that are in a district court or county court at law. This article was written by TexasLawHelp staff. 
This article contains information, instructions, and a form for an unsworn declaration. It can replace the requirement for a notary in some cases. Forms are included.  
This article was written by TexasLawHelp and was last updated January 15, 2021.