Texas Marriage Laws

Sec. 2.103 - COURT ORDER FOR UNDERAGE APPLICANT


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TEXAS STATUTES - FAMILY CODE - TITLE 1. THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP - SUBTITLE A. MARRIAGE - CHAPTER 2. THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP - SUBCHAPTER B. - UNDERAGE APPLICANTS

COURT ORDER FOR UNDERAGE APPLICANT


(a) A minor may petition the court in the minor's own name for an order granting permission to marry. In a suit under this section, the trial judge may advance the suit if the best interest of the applicant would be served by an early hearing. (b) The petition must be filed in the county where a parent resides if a court has not awarded another person the right to consent to marriage for the minor. If a court has awarded another person the right to consent to marriage for the minor, the petition must be filed in the county where that person resides. If no parent or person who has the court-ordered right to consent to marriage for the minor resides in this state, the petition must be filed in the county where the minor lives. (c) The petition must include: (1) a statement of the reasons the minor desires to marry; (2) a statement of whether each parent is living or is dead; (3) the name and residence address of each living parent; and (4) a statement of whether a court has awarded to a person other than a parent of the minor the right to consent to marriage for the minor. (d) Process shall be served as in other civil cases on each living parent of the minor or on a person who has the court-ordered right to consent to marriage for the minor, as applicable. Citation may be given by publication as in other civil cases, except that notice shall be published one time only. (e) The court shall appoint an amicus attorney or an attorney ad litem to represent the minor in the proceeding. The court shall specify a fee to be paid by the minor for the services of the amicus attorney or attorney ad litem. The fee shall be collected in the same manner as other costs of the proceeding. (f) If after a hearing the court, sitting without a jury, believes marriage to be in the best interest of the minor, the court, by order, shall grant the minor permission to marry.

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Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 7, Sec. 1, eff. April 17, 1997. Amended by: Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 172, Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2005. Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 52, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.


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