The Dallas Standing Order affects anyone who is getting a divorce in Dallas county.  The order is included in any suit affecting a parent-child relationship.  Many counties in Texas have standing orders for divorce proceedings. 

In Dallas county neither party needs to file for the standing order.  The Dallas courts have the standing order in place to protect your child and pet during the lawsuit.

Dallas Standing Order

the Dallas county the courts want the parties to act properly. The order is in place in all divorces or suits affecting the parent-child relationship.  The courts require that the parties refrain from:

  • Disrupting the children’s lives;
  • Interfering, harming, or threatening the family pet;
  • Using vulgar language or threatening the other;
  • Calling or texting at unreasonable hours or too frequently;
  • Causing bodily injury to the other person or the child;
  • Destroying, removing, or hiding any property owned by the parties;
  • Selling, transferring, or encumbering any property owned by the parties;
  • Making withdrawals or borrowing from the party’s accounts;
  • Destroying financial records;
  • Destroying or altering any video or messaging relevant to the suit;
  • Accessing the other party’s email, social media, or bank account;
  • Terminating any utility or service at the others party’s residence; or
  • Opening or redirecting mail to the other party;

The actual Dallas Standing Order goes into greater detail for each of the above items.  The intent of the court is to expedite a resolution between the parties.  If one party disrupts the life and wellbeing of the other, the parties are likely to resist any compromises.

Your child and the family pet are important to the court.  They are both innocent parties.  The courts want them affected as little as possible.

Protective Order

In some cases, there is a protective order already in place.  A protective order supersedes the Dallas Standing Order.


If you are going through a divorce. Or, a suit affecting the parent-child relationship in Dallas county, do not try and do it alone.  Hire a Dallas family law attorney to help you get through this difficult period.