So, you’ve been served with court paperwork that court is in Texas, but you are not. This may not be surprising to you if your spouse or the other parent live in Texas, or if you left Texas just recently. Or it could come as a shock. You ask yourself: what do I do now? Fortunately there are some steps you can take to make this process easier. If you have court in Texas but reside out of Texas you desperately need to retain a Texas attorney, and one with experience dealing with family law jurisdictional battles.
Temporary restraining orders (TROs) are often misread or misconstrued, and they can easily be confused with protective orders and temporary orders. So, what is the difference, and why does this all have to be so confusing? Temporary restraining orders, temporary orders, and protective orders each serve distinct purposes, and each requires a different “showing” (procedure) before they can be granted.