Dallas County Public Defender's Office

Family Law Introduction

Frank Crowley Courts – 133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, 9th Floor, Dallas, Texas 75207


The Dallas County Public Defender's Office, upon appointment by the court, provides services in the following cases:

  • Defense of individuals in actions charging contempt of court for alleged failure to pay child support
  • Defense of individuals in actions charging contempt of court for an alleged violation of a court order that is unrelated to child support
  • Defense of individuals in actions to terminate an individual's parental rights
  • Representation of minor children in private child custody disputes
  • Representation of minor children in actions brought by a child protective services agency alleging abuse or neglect

The Dallas County Public Defender's Office does not represent individuals in the following areas:

  • Motions to modify child support
  • Motions to modify custody and visitation orders