A. Order Seeking Removal of Alleged Perpetrator of Physical or Sexual Abuse

Without asking for removal of the child, DFPS may file a petition for removal of the alleged perpetrator of child abuse from the household. Tex. Fam. Code § 262.1015(a).

DFPS can also:

•   DFPS can also file for a protective order in certain cases under new Section 261.501, which provides for a protective order on its own or jointly with a parent or relative caregiver when DFPS is not otherwise authorized to seek a protective order under Tex. Fam. Code § 82.002. Tex. Fam. Code § 261.501.

1. Court Orders

The court may order:

•   Removal of the alleged perpetrator; and

•   The remaining parent to make a reasonable effort to monitor the residence and report any attempt of the alleged perpetrator to return to the residence. Tex. Fam. Code § 262.1015(e).

2. Expiration of the Temporary Restraining Order

The order remains in effect for up to 14 days, unless the court grants an extension under Tex. Fam. Code § 262.201(a-5), (e), or (e-1). Tex. Fam. Code § 262.1015(d).

3. Violation of Temporary Restraining Order

It is a Class A misdemeanor if either parent violates the order; if a parent has been previously convicted of the same offense, it is a third degree felony. Tex. Fam. Code § 262.1015(h).

4. Child With Sexually Transmitted Disease

DFPS must take additional steps if the investigation reveals that a child younger than 11 has a sexually transmitted disease. DFPS must appoint a special investigator to assist in the investigation of the case and that investigator must follow Tex. Fam. Code § 262.010, including coordinating with law enforcement. Tex. Fam. Code § 262.010.