Non Custodial Parent Rights in Texas

Texas Non-Custodial Parent Rights

What most other states know as custody is actually referred to as conservatorship in Texas. Texas courts usually name both parents involved in a divorce process as joint managing conservators.  This means that they are both responsible for ensuring the child’s best interests are met.

However, only one parent gets to live with the child for several weeks while the other parent may get to live with the child in the weekends or during holidays. The parent that gets to live with the child is the possessory parent (custodial parent) and the other parent is the non-possessory parent (non-custodial parent).  They usually both share parental rights and duties equally.

PARENTAL RIGHTS IN TEXAS

Some of the rights that parents have to include:

  • The right to physical possession of the child
  • The right to direct the moral and religious beliefs of the child
  • Right to choose a primary residence for the child
  • Right to represent  the child in legal action
  • Right to make educational decisions for the child
  • Right to receive support for the child
  • Right to consent to marriage, medical, psychiatric and enlistment in the military for the child

The parents also have duties and these include:

  • They should manage the estate of the child
  • They are responsible for providing support for the child
  • They have a duty to protect, control, and discipline the child
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