Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Family & Probate Special Supplement Released

The Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Family & Probate special supplement, affecting PJC 218.1–218.3, was made necessary by the 2020 amendments to Tex. R. Civ. P. 277, which require specific findings in parent-child termination proceedings rather than broad-form submissions and which supersede Texas Department of Human Services v. E.B., 802 S.W.2d 647 (Tex. 1990).

Note Regarding Suits to Terminate the Parent-Child Relationship

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.

Attn: Download New Emergency Procedure Forms in Wake of COVID-19 Outbreak Here

As a free service to the members of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, please find an Order on Motion for Use of Emergency Procedures, which will become Form 8-82 in the Family Law Practice Manual (“the Formbook”) (https://texasbarpractice.com/product/texas-family-law-practice-manual-2020/). Among other features, this order contains a model of detailed procedures for remote proceedings.