Texas Family Code
Sec. § 153.013
False Report of Child Abuse


If a party to a pending suit affecting the parent-child relationship makes a report alleging child abuse by another party to the suit that the reporting party knows lacks a factual foundation, the court shall deem the report to be a knowingly false report.


Evidence of a false report of child abuse is admissible in a suit between the involved parties regarding the terms of conservatorship of a child.


If the court makes a finding under Subsection (a), the court shall impose a civil penalty not to exceed $500.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 751, Sec. 28, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 786, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
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