A. Case Must Be Dismissed Within One Year

If DFPS has temporary managing conservatorship of a child, the case must be resolved within one year. Unless the court has commenced the trial on the merits or has granted an extension under Tex. Fam. Code § 263.401(b) or (b-1), on the first Monday after the first anniversary of the date the court rendered a temporary order appointing DFPS as temporary managing conservator, the case will be automatically dismissed without a court order. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.401(a).

Special Issue: In response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court of Texas issued multiple Emergency Orders that impacted dismissal deadlines. The posture of each case will depend on when the case was filed, whether it was extended under the Texas Family Code, and whether it was extended under an Emergency Order. For more information, please visit the Texas Judicial Branch website.