Standing Orders in Family Law Matters


The District Judges of McLennan County, Texas have entered a Fourth Amended Standing Order Regarding Children, Property and Conduct of the Parties (PDF). It is to be attached to the petition for divorce, or a suit affecting parent child relationship when filed with the Clerk. It is binding on the petitioner and respondent whether you want it to be or not. You must read the order.

If You Do Not Attach a Copy

If you do not attach a copy of the order to your petition when it is filed, then the clerk will attach a copy to each petition that is file-marked and charge you $6 for each copy of the pleading, even if you file an Affidavit of Indigency (PDF).

If You Refuse to Pay for Copies

If you do not have the order attached and you refuse to pay for the copies, your pleading will be rejected by the Clerk. This is for the cost of the copy of the order at $1 per page. The order is in PDF format and may be used to attach to your petition for e-Filing.