Texas Family Code
Sec. § 153.601
Definitions


In this subchapter:

(1)

"Dispute resolution process" means:

(A)

a process of alternative dispute resolution conducted in accordance with Section 153.0071 of this chapter and Chapter 154, Civil Practice and Remedies Code; or

(B)

any other method of voluntary dispute resolution.

(2)

"High-conflict case" means a suit affecting the parent-child relationship in which the court finds that the parties have demonstrated an unusual degree of:

(A)

repetitiously resorting to the adjudicative process;

(B)

anger and distrust; and

(C)

difficulty in communicating about and cooperating in the care of their children.

(3)

"Parenting coordinator" means an impartial third party:

(A)

who, regardless of the title by which the person is designated by the court, performs any function described by Section 153.606 in a suit; and

(B)

who:

(i)

is appointed under this subchapter by the court on its own motion or on a motion or agreement of the parties to assist parties in resolving parenting issues through confidential procedures; and

(ii)

is not appointed under another statute or a rule of civil procedure.

(3-a)

"Parenting facilitator" means an impartial third party:

(A)

who, regardless of the title by which the person is designated by the court, performs any function described by Section 153.6061 in a suit; and

(B)

who:

(i)

is appointed under this subchapter by the court on its own motion or on a motion or agreement of the parties to assist parties in resolving parenting issues through procedures that are not confidential; and

(ii)

is not appointed under another statute or a rule of civil procedure.

(4)

"Parenting plan" means the provisions of a final court order that:

(A)

set out rights and duties of a parent or a person acting as a parent in relation to the child;

(B)

provide for periods of possession of and access to the child, which may be the terms set out in the standard possession order under Subchapter F and any amendments to the standard possession order agreed to by the parties or found by the court to be in the best interest of the child;

(C)

provide for child support; and

(D)

optimize the development of a close and continuing relationship between each parent and the child.
Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 482 (H.B. 252), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.
Amended by:
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1181 (H.B. 555), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1113 (H.B. 1012), Sec. 16, eff. September 1, 2009.
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