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Hold on please. Let me see what resources I can find for you.
Here is a sample continuance form. You will need to tweak it to tailor it to your needs. Good luck to you.
Here is a link - you may be able to use this as a guide. You may want to ask the clerk's at the courthouse if they have a sample form or try your local law library. I hope this helps.
Also, I don't know where you are in Texas, but in some counties, such as Harris County, you can get an ad-litem waived. Most courts do not waive this requirement. Again, you should probably go ahead and have her served. She may still make an appearance after being served and maybe the court will dispense with the need for an attorney ad litem.
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You are pro se, so the courts will give you some latitude. Perhaps filing both motions (just in case) would be a good idea. Attached is a sample Motion to Retain Case on the Docket. Contact the clerk's office and ask them which form of motion is normally used in their court under these circumstances. The clerks are very helpful. Although they cannot give you legal advice, they can give you direction. I hope this helps. Please don't forget to give me a positive rating so that I may be compensated by the site for help you today. Good luck to you.