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Legal Information: Texas

Know the Laws - By State

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about family violence protective orders and sexual assault or abuse, stalking, or trafficking protective orders in Texas.

Information about custody in Texas.

The judge may require one or both parents to provide child support until:

  • the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later;
  • the child is emancipated (released from custodial care); or
  • the death of the child.

If the child is disabled, child support payments could last for an indefinite period of time.*

Parents will also be required to pay medical support for their children.**

This page addresses some general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent's consent.

Information about divorce in Texas.

A victim of family violence can terminate his/her lease early without penalty.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Texas and victim assistance programs.

There are state laws that may make it illegal for an abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.