Parenting Rights in Texas

The following are examples of Texas Parenting Rights and Duties that can be addressed by family courts and allocated to parents in formulating Texas Parenting Plans:

  • Duty to inform the other conservators of the child in a timely manner of significant information concerning the health, education, and welfare of the child.
  • Right to receive information from any other conservator of the child concerning the health, education, and welfare of the child.
  • Right to confer with the other parent, to the extent possible, before making a decision concerning the health, education, and welfare of the child
  • Right of access to medical, dental, psychological, and educational records of the child.
  • Right to consult with a physician, dentist, or psychologist of the child.
  • Right to consult with school officials concerning the child’s welfare and educational status, including school activities.
  • Right to attend school activities.
  • Right to be designated on the child’s records as a person to be notified in case of an emergency.
  • Right to consent to medical, dental, and surgical treatment during an emergency involving immediate danger to the health and safety of the child.
  • Duty of care, control, protection, and reasonable discipline of the child.
  • Duty to support the child, including providing the child with clothing, food, shelter, and medical and dental care not involving an invasive procedure.
  • Right to consent for the child to medical and dental care not involving an invasive procedure.
  • Right to direct the moral and religious training of the child.
  • Duty to make periodic child-support payments.
  • Right to designate the primary residence of the child without regard to geographic location.
  • Right to consent to medical, dental, and surgical treatment involving invasive procedures.
  • Right to consent to psychiatric and psychological treatment.
  • Right to receive and give receipt for periodic payments for the support of the child and hold or disburse the funds for the benefit of the child.
  • Right to make decisions concerning the child’s education.

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