Understanding Fathers Rights in Texas

Understanding Father's rights in TexasAre you ending a relationship with the mother of your child? Are you wondering what rights you have as the father of the child? In order to obtain father's rights in Texas you must be considered the legal father under the Uniform Parentage Act (Texas Family Code Section 160 et seq.). If you can prove the legal requirements to prove that you are the child's father, you have many rights, including:

The Right to Seek Physical and Legal Custody of Your Child:

Under Texas law, the mother and the father have equal rights to be a child's custodial parent.  Are you and your former partner unable to reach an agreement on who will be the custodial parent?  If is, the Family Court will make this decision based on the best interest of the child.

The Right of Regular Contact:

Father's regular contactThe right of regular contact means that if you are not your child's custodial parent you will normally be given regular visitation with your child. You and your former partner can either agree on a set visitation schedule, or the court can order a visitation schedule that is in the best interest of your child.

Understanding Father's Rights in Texas

Texas courts almost never deny visitation except in specific circumstances.  These circumstances may involve abuse, neglect, and criminal activity.  Furthermore, it can also relate to any situation in which the child's best interest in not considered.  The other parent cannot interfere with your time with your child.   Moreover, it is important to know that if you are behind in child support payments, you still have the right to see your child.

You Have the Right to Be Involved in Decisions Regarding The Child's Healthcare, Education & Religious Upbringing:

This means that you can participate in all decisions relating to your child's healthcare, education, and religious upbringing. You have the right to help decide which doctors your child sees.  Furthermore, also to decide where your child goes to school and church. Also, it means that you will have the right to access your child's medical and school records as permitted by law.

Custody Rights in Texas - Visitation RightsThe Right to Discipline the Child:

As a parent, you have the right to determine what type of discipline to implement for your child.

The Right to Manage the Child's Assets, and Financial & Legal Affairs:

The Texas Family Code also allows fathers to be involved in managing all of a child's assets.  It may include earnings or real property.  If can also include your child's financial or legal dealings.  As a child's father you also have any other rights which Texas law confers upon parents.

It is important to remember that your former partner as all of the same parental rights that you do. In addition, a court can grant any specific right solely to one parent or the other, which often happens when there is a history of the parents being unable to work cooperatively together to make decisions regarding the child. Finally, remember that in addition to these rights, as a father you will also have the continuing legal duty to support your child in every way.

Want to Learn More About Your Visitation Rights in Texas?

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