Legal Resources & Aid

Bexar County Courthouse

The Bexar County Courthouse is located on the south side of historic Main Plaza, formerly “La Plaza De Las Islas”, in San Antonio. Designed by noted architect James Riely Gordon, it is a unique Romanesque design made predominately of red sandstone.

Paid parking is available in the adjacent lots across the streets or at a lower price down the street of Dolorosa.

Bexar County Family Justice Center

The Bexar County Family Justice Center provides services and resources necessary to assist victims of domestic violence and their families in one centralized location.

Child Support Services In Texas Office of the Texas Attorney General

Programs and services including online account creation, paying child support, receiving child support, modifying child support, paternity, wage withholding and employer portal.

Family Law Hotline
Access & Visitation Hotline
National Domestic
Violence Hotline
Family & Protective Service
Texas Youth Hotline
Family Violence Legal Line
Family Law Hotline
Access & Visitation Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Family & Protective Service
Texas Youth Hotline
Family Violence Legal Line

Texas Access

The Texas Office of the Attorney General Child Support Division operates a toll free telephone hotline which provides easy access for parents across Texas to basic legal information, education and resources on the following issues: access, visitation and custody, child support order process, and modifications and enforcements. To speak with a parenting time specialist on this hotline, please call (866) 292-4636 Monday thru Friday from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm CST. Calls will be answered in English and Spanish.

Chat online with a family law attorney about your child custody, visitation, and modification questions. This project is from Texas Legal Services Center and is hosted on during operating hours. Chat is available Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m and on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.

The Battered Women and Children Shelter

Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (FVPS) has expanded its services over the last forty five years. Today, FVPS is able to offer residential and non-residential clients shelter, transitional housing, counseling for adults, children, families, and legal services. These services help individuals and families recover from the pain and longer-term effects of domestic violence.

Legal representation through FVPS is generally focused in the areas of family law such as Protective Orders, Divorce, Child Custody, Modifications, and Enforcements, or a combination of those services. The legal services provided by FVPS are free for the eligible applicants.

Programs & Admin 210-930-3669 | Crisis Hotline 210-733-8810 National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-Safe (7233)

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

TRLA provides free civil legal services to residents in 68 Southwest Texas counties, and represents migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout the state and in six other southern states. TRLA also operates public defender programs that serve at least 10 Texas counties, representing low-income and indigent people accused of felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile crimes. TRLA serves about 23,000 clients each year. However, more than 2.6 million residents of Southwest Texas are considered eligible for TRLA services, a ratio of almost 21,000 potential clients per legal aid lawyer. As a result, thousands of low-income Texans still lack access to civil legal representation. TRLA attorneys specialize in more than 45 practice areas, including family, employment, foreclosure, bankruptcy, subsidized housing, farmworker, civil rights, and environmental law.

Texas Law Help is dedicated to providing free and reliable legal information to Texans. Parents, spouses, and caregivers of children can find resources and instructions to help their families move forward. Changing or establishing domestic relationships may involve legal filings and procedures. The self-help guides and articles below will help you make informed decisions about your family's domestic arrangements. Guides include instructions, checklists, and court forms for a variety of legal issues. Additional legal assistance and aid may be available.

Texas Legal Services Center

We help parents understand their rights surrounding complicated issues such as co-parenting and child protective services. We provide specialized legal assistance to veterans that honors their service, promotes well-being, and responds to their unique needs. We provide critical legal services and safety planning to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. For those who must represent themselves in the justice system, we offer advice, court-approved legal forms, and instruction on how to achieve the best outcome.

Speak with an experienced child welfare attorney about Child Protective Services (CPS) issues in Texas. We provide callers with reliable legal information and education — over the phone and in an anonymous setting. Anyone may call the Family Helpline, not just the parents of children involved with Child Protective Services. We frequently speak with extended relatives, family friends, and other concerned community members.

The Family Helpline is staffed by lawyers who can provide legal information and education regarding CPS (Child Protective Services) issues. They can provide information regarding CPS investigations, service plans, legal terms, kinship care, what to expect in court, and other related topics. It is a project of the Texas Legal Services Center, the Texas Children's Commission, the Children's Justice Act, and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. The Family Helpline is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Family Helpline Monday - Friday | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Texas Court Help

This website will help you. Remember, though, that the information on this website is not legal advice, and does not take the place of talking to a lawyer. Links to Lawyer Referral Services and Legal Aid Offices will lead you to groups that can help you find a lawyer. The Links to Court Self-Help Centers, the State Law Library, and Texas Law Help will lead you to places where you can get legal information or do legal research. You will find this website’s information about forms, legal research, filing a case, and getting ready to go to court under the Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Resources, and Protective Order Tabs at the top of the home page.

Texas Volunteer Attorneys

The Texas Volunteer Attorneys program has been instrumental in helping thousands of low income Texas families gain access to legal aid assistance for various family law related matters. Legal advice and counsel is provided by various volunteer attorneys.

If you are an individual in need of help, or if you are an attorney willing to help the needy in your community, please contact the Texas Volunteer Attorneys program today.

Texas Volunteer Attorneys is a program provided by the America Family Law Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Texas Volunteer Attorneys can be contacted by phone or text at 713-931-7500.

San Antonio Legal Services Association

San Antonio Legal Services Association (SALSA) is a corps of attorney volunteers coordinated by professional staff to provide free civil legal services to those with limited means and those who are vulnerable or at-risk. We recruit, train, and support the volunteer attorneys who represent SALSA’s clients — low-income individuals and families— without charge.

Texas Advocacy Project

Legal services provide one of the most effective ways to permanently stop domestic violence. Texas Advocacy Project provides advice over the phone, support with do-it-yourself legal filing processes, and complete client representation. Our experienced attorneys guide and advocate for you through the entire process, and our services are always completely free.

They provide two toll-free legal help lines. The phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Their attorneys can help you with a variety of legal concerns related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Hope Line 800-374-HOPE

Pro-Bono Attorney Line Attorneys ONLY: This line is reserved for attorneys seeking legal assistance for pro bono domestic violence cases. 866-598-4277

Caritas Legal Services

Family and Children’s Services provide family support education and services to strengthen families, empower parents or caregivers, and build happy, healthy children.

St. Mary’s University School of Law Clinical Program

In the family law practice area, student attorneys represent clients in state court with simple divorces (no children, no property), adoptions, and name changes. Student attorneys also serve, by court appointment only, as Amicus Attorneys in Title IV-D courts. Students in the Family Law practice area will also draft simple wills and ancillary documents as well as represent clients with probate matters before the Bexar County Probate Courts.