Note Regarding Suits to Terminate the Parent-Child Relationship

Note Regarding Suits to Terminate the Parent-Child Relationship

Written by

Texas Bar Books Staff

Image

Share this Post

An important change to the rules regarding suits to terminate the parent-child relationship takes effect on May 1, 2020.

On January 8, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court issued an Order Amending Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 277 under Misc. Docket No. 20-9008. The order gave notice of a proposed amendment to Tex. R. Civ. P. 277 that would require certain specific findings in suits to terminate the parent-child relationship. The court finally approved the proposed change on April 14, 2020, under Misc. Docket No. 20-9056, Final Approval of Amendments to Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 277.

With these changes, beginning on May 1, 2020, suits to terminate the parent-child relationship will require separate jury questions for each parent and each child on (1) each individual statutory ground for termination of the parent-child relationship and (2) whether termination of the parent-child relationship is in the best interest of the child. The best-interest question must further be predicated on an affirmative finding of at least one termination ground.

Texas Bar Books and the State Bar of Texas PJC—Family & Probate Committee are working diligently to revise the pattern jury charges for suits to terminate the parent-child relationship, PJCs 218.1–218.3, and will issue new charges and comments to its customers as soon as possible.

In the meantime, practitioners are advised to refer to the supreme court orders for guidance on constructing jury charges in suits to terminate the parent-child relationship.

Recent Posts

Running List of Texas Supreme Court Emergency Orders affecting Texas Bar Books Practice Manuals

Running List of Texas Supreme Court Emergency Orders affecting Texas Bar Books Practice Manuals

The Texas Supreme Court has issued a number of temporary emergency orders in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, some of...
The Top 5 Reasons You Should Give Texas Bar Books Titles for the Holidays

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Give Texas Bar Books Titles for the Holidays

To help kick off our annual holiday sale, we're listing the top 5 reasons why you should give Texas Bar...
New from Texas Bar Books! The Depositions Reference Card

New from Texas Bar Books! The Depositions Reference Card

New from Texas Bar Books! The Depositions Reference Card  Written byTexas Bar Books Staff Share this Post Quickly get the...
The Casemaker-Fastcase Merger: What you need to know to make the most of the new platform

The Casemaker-Fastcase Merger: What you need to know to make the most of the new platform

The State Bar of Texas has provided free access to legal research through both Fastcase and Casemaker as a member...
Grammar Tip: Hyphenating Compound Adjectives

Grammar Tip: Hyphenating Compound Adjectives

Hyphens play a wide variety of roles in written English. One of those roles is to add clarity to compound...