*Update: Effective January 20, 2017, there is a new Denton County Standing Order.  Please see my current post here.  The new Order can be found here – Denton County Standing Order 2017.

Denton County Standing Order

In Denton County,  an order called the Denton County Standing Order Regarding Children, Property and Conduct of the Parties must be attached or included with the first pleading.  When a new family law case, whether divorce or a suit affecting the parent child relationship, is filed the Denton County Standing Order must be attached.   The Denton County Standing Order is the  standing order of all of the Denton County District Courts.

The Order contains the requirement within in that it is to be attached by the Petitioner in the case to the original petition that is filed with the district clerk and each copy of the petition also.  The Order also requires the district clerk to decline to issue citation unless the Standing Order is attached.  And, the Court can even stop the Petitioner from setting a hearing or a particular relief in the case, if the Standing Order isn’t attached to the petition.

The Standing Order is in effect immediately, and it acts as a Temporary Restraining Order for the first 14 days after the petition is filed.  After that, it remains in effect throughout the case unless one party objects.  It remains in effect throughout the case as a temporary injunction.

The main areas the Standing Order includes are children, parties’ behavior during the case, property, and specific authorizations.  There are other sections included for personal and business records and insurance as well.


The focus of the Denton County Standing Order is titled, No Disruption to Children.  This is self-explanatory.  The section includes a list of things that the parties cannot do during the divorce with or to their children that would be disruptive to the kids involved in the lawsuit.


The Denton County Standing Order for property and funds lists specific conduct that is allowed and not allowed while your case is pending.  For example, you can’t text the other party using vulgar, profane or obscene language during the case.


This section includes specific limits about what parties can and can’t do with their property and how they can spend their money and pay their bills.

 Specific Authorizations

The Standing Order specifically authorizes parties to be able to do certain things during the family law or divorce case, including running a business or those things necessary for their occupation.

For additional questions regarding the Denton County Standing Order or any other orders, please contact Jill O’Connell – 940-497-5454.

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