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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”) (http://texasbarbooks.net/books/texas-family-law-practice-manual/). Among other features, this order contains a model of detailed procedures for remote proceedings.

Your Family Law Section is also providing a Motion for Use of Emergency Procedures, which will become Form 8-81 in the Formbook. You may use this form to request different types of relief from the courts during a state of emergency affecting the county in which a case is pending.

Both forms have been reviewed and edited by the Section’s Formbook Committee (https://sbotfam.org/the-family-law-section/section-committees/) and by Sue Mills, Project Publications Attorney with TexasBarBooks. We sincerely hope these forms will assist you and the courts you practice before.

Christopher Nickelson
Chair, Family Law Section

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Updated for 2020, the new Texas Pattern Jury Charges – Family & Probate follows a review of case law and 2019 legislation and contains revisions that include:

  • Substantial revision of the attorney’s fee PJCs to incorporate the holdings of Rohrmoos Venture v. UTSW DVA Healthcare, LLP.
  • Revision of the jury charge in the main divorce question.
  • Update of the charges and commentary for termination of parent-child relationships.
  • Expansion and clarification of the commentary about burdens of proof in will contests.
  • Update and clarification of commentary about imputation of default to a will proponent when a will is offered for probate more than four years after testator’s death.

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