G. Service of Citation

The following are entitled to service of citation on the filing of a petition in an original suit:

Alleged fathers are not parents as defined in Tex. Fam. Code § 101.024 and do not have the right to a court-appointed attorney other than one appointed pursuant to Tex. Fam. Code § 107.013(a)(3) to monitor the due diligence of DFPS in checking the paternity registry under Tex. Fam. Code Chapter 160. However, alleged fathers have the right to service of citation unless that right is waived in an affidavit of waiver of interest in the child or forfeited by failing to register with the paternity registry. Tex. Fam. Code § 102.009(a)(8).

Citation may be served on any other person who has or who may assert an interest in the child. Tex. Fam. Code § 102.009(b).

Citation on the filing of an original petition in a suit shall be issued and served as in other civil cases. Tex. Fam. Code § 102.009(c).

Waiver of Citation

Tex. Fam. Code § 102.0091 allows for waiver of citation. A party to a suit under Tex. Fam. Code Title 5 may waive the issuance or service of citation after the suit is filed by filing with the clerk of the court in which the suit is filed the waiver of the party acknowledging receipt of a copy of the filed petition. Tex. Fam. Code § 102.0091(a).

The party executing the waiver may not sign the waiver using a digitalized signature. Tex. Fam. Code § 102.0091(b). The waiver must contain the mailing address of the party executing the waiver. Tex. Fam. Code § 102.0091(c).

Notwithstanding Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 132.001, the waiver must be sworn before a notary public who is not an attorney in the suit, unless the party executing the waiver is incarcerated. Tex. Fam. Code § 102.0091(d). The Texas Rules of Civil Procedure do not apply to a waiver executed under Tex. Fam. Code § 102.0091. Tex. Fam. Code § 102.0091(e).