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  H.B. No. 3121
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the enforcement of orders in a suit affecting the
  parent-child relationship.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 157.001, Family Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (a), (b), and (c) and adding Subsection (e) to
  read as follows:
         (a)  A motion for enforcement as provided in this chapter may
  be filed to enforce any provision of a temporary or [a] final order
  rendered in a suit [for conservatorship, child support, possession
  of or access to a child, or other provisions of a final order].
         (b)  The court may enforce by contempt any provision of a
  temporary or final order [for possession of and access to a child as
  provided in this chapter].
         (c)  The court may enforce a temporary or final order for
  child support as provided in this chapter or Chapter 158.
         (e)  For purposes of this section, "temporary order"
  includes a temporary restraining order, standing order,
  injunction, and any other temporary order rendered by a court.
         SECTION 2.  Sections 157.062(c) and (d), Family Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
         (c)  Notice of hearing on a motion for enforcement of a final
  [an existing] order providing for child support or possession of or
  access to a child, any provision of a final order rendered against a
  party who has already appeared in a suit under this title, or any
  provision of a temporary order shall be given to the respondent by
  personal service of a copy of the motion and notice not later than
  the 10th day before the date of the hearing. For purposes of this
  subsection, "temporary order" includes a temporary restraining
  order, standing order, injunction, and any other temporary order
  rendered by a court.
         (d)  If a motion for enforcement of a final order, other than
  a final order rendered against a party who has already appeared in a
  suit under this title, is joined with another claim:
               (1)  the hearing may not be held before 10 a.m. on the
  first Monday after the 20th day after the date of service; and
               (2)  the provisions of the Texas Rules of Civil
  Procedure applicable to the filing of an original lawsuit apply.
         SECTION 3.  Section 157.065(a), Family Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  If a party has been ordered under Chapter 105 to provide
  the court and the state case registry with the party's current
  mailing address, notice of a hearing on a motion for enforcement of
  a final order may be served by mailing a copy of the notice to the
  respondent, together with a copy of the motion, by first class mail
  to the last mailing address of the respondent on file with the court
  and the registry.
         SECTION 4.  The changes in law made by this Act apply to a
  motion for enforcement that is filed on or after the effective date
  of this Act. A motion for enforcement filed before the effective
  date of this Act is governed by the law in effect on the date the
  motion is filed, and the former law is continued in effect for that
  purpose.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3121 was passed by the House on May 5,
  2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 145, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 3121 on May 29, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3121 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 27, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor