(a) After an order for child support or possession of or access to a child has been rendered, a court may appoint a friend of the court on:
(1) the request of a person alleging that the order has been violated; or
(2) its own motion.
(b) A court may appoint a friend of the court in a proceeding under Part D of Title IV of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 651 et seq.) only if the Title IV-D agency agrees in writing to the appointment.
Terms Used In Texas Family Code 202.001
- in writing: includes any representation of words, letters, or figures, whether by writing, printing, or other means. See Texas Government Code 312.011
- Person: includes corporation, organization, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, association, and any other legal entity. See Texas Government Code 311.005
(c) The duration of the appointment of a friend of the court is as determined by the court.
(d) In the appointment of a friend of the court, the court shall give preference to:
(1) a local domestic relations office;
(2) a local child support collection office;
(3) the local court official designated to enforce actions as provided in Chapter 159; or
(4) an attorney in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.
(e) In the execution of a friend of the court’s duties under this subchapter, a friend of the court shall represent the court to ensure compliance with the court’s order.