Significant Legislative Amendments to the Texas Family Code, Effective as of September 1, 2009:
Section 153.008 of the Family Code repealed! The section of the Family Code allowing a child twelve years of age or older to express his/her preference as to which parent should hold the right to designate the residence of the child has been repealed. The Family Code now limits children from expressing this preference directly to the Judge and only in the Judge’s chambers.
Section 153.551 of the Family Code now confers a sibling the necessary standing to file a lawsuit in an attempt to seek access to another sibling in instances where the siblings have been separated due to actions taken by the Texas Dept. of Family & Protective Services.