Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book

2023 version: As effective November 1, 2023


Because of the need for permanency, the Texas Family Code requires resolution of a case within one year, with a possible six-month extension if the court finds there are extraordinary circumstances and finds that the extension is in the best interest of the child. The goal of the final hearing is the entry of a final order that identifies a permanency option or goal for the child and resolves the rights of all involved parties.

Please see the Checklist Section for the

Final Order and Grounds for Termination Checklists.