The Texas Legislature should make further amendments to Chapter 263 to allow an additional extension when parents receive inpatient treatment for substance abuse and implement a deadline for overturned cases remanded on appeal. Part II provides background information helpful in understanding the significance of the mandatory dismissal deadline. Part III reviews the development of the twelvemonth deadline and discusses the original enactment of section 263.401 and the issues surrounding its interpretation. In Part IV, this Comment explains and analyzes the recent amendments affecting section 263.401. In conclusion, this Comment acknowledges the success of the mandatory dismissal date and recommends that more changes be made for the benefit of Texas foster care children, proposing additional provisions to Chapter 263 of the Texas Family Code.
Sherry A. Hess,
Texas Family Code Section 263.401: Improving the Mandatory Dismissal Deadline to Be Truly in the Best Interest of the Child,
Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.37419/TWLR.V9.I1.3