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Understanding the rights of a non-custodial parent in Texas

A non-custodial parent has certain rights that are important for maintaining a meaningful relationship with their child. Texas law outlines these rights to ensure that both parents continue to play a role in their kid’s life.

Understanding these rights empowers a non-custodial parent to actively participate in their child’s upbringing, despite the challenges of living separately.

Visitation rights

A non-custodial parent can spend time with their child through visitation decided upon by both parents or by the court. This schedule usually includes weekends, holidays and longer visits in the summer. Each parent must stick to this schedule to keep things stable for the child.

Decision-making rights

Although the parent with custody usually decides what is best for the child, the non-custodial parent still has a say in big choices that affect their kid’s life. Both parents should work together when making decisions concerning issues such as education, healthcare, child care and religion.

Access to information

A non-custodial parent has the right to know important things about their child, such as school records and medical history. They should also stay updated on how their son or daughter is doing in school, what activities they participate in, and any health concerns or treatments.

Child support obligations

In Texas, a non-custodial parent is typically responsible for paying child support to the custodial parent to help with expenses. The amount they have to pay depends on factors such as how much they earn and what the child needs.

By knowing these rights and exercising them responsibly, a non-custodial parent can continue to be an active participant in their child’s life.

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