Legal Information: Texas

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about family violence protective orders and sexual assault or abuse, stalking, or trafficking protective orders in Texas.

Information about custody in Texas.

Brief information about child support in Texas.

This page addresses some general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent's consent.

Information about divorce in Texas.

A victim of family violence can terminate his/her lease early without penalty.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Texas and victim assistance programs.

There are state laws that may make it illegal for an abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.