Tex. R. App. P. 20.1
Comment to 2016 Change:
The rule has been rewritten so that it only governs filing fees and any other fee charged by the appellate court. Texas Rule of Civil Proceduregoverns a party's claim that the party is unable to afford costs for preparation of the appellate record.
Because appellate filing fees are minimal, a party that filed a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs in the trial court is not required to file a new Statement in the appellate court unless the trial court made affirmative findings under Texas Rule of Civil Procedurethat the party is able to afford all court costs and to pay those costs as they are incurred. Furthermore, because a determination of indigence by the trial court carries forward to appeal in all cases, Family Code section is satisfied.
Experience has shown that, in most cases, a party's financial circumstances do not change substantially between the trial court proceedings and the appellate court proceedings. Nonetheless, (b)(3) permits a party whom the trial court determined is able to afford all costs to demonstrate to the appellate court that the party's circumstances have changed since the trial court's ruling and that the party is unable to afford appellate filing fees.