Parent Custodial Rights

Texas Non-Custodial Parent Rights

Texas law classifies non-custodial parents as possessory conservators. They do not have the right to make major decisions regarding their child, including their residence, school, or religion. 

However, a non-custodial parent still retains some legal rights and responsibilities to their child. If you have questions about your parental rights as a non-custodial parent, the team at Sanchez & Wood Law would be glad to answer them. 

What Are Your Rights as a Non-custodial Parent?

Both mothers and fathers can be stripped of primary custody and granted possessory conservatorship based on the family’s unique circumstances and the child’s best interests. 

Non-custodial parents still retain the right to the following if they live within 100 miles of the custodial parent:

  • Visits every Thursday evening
  • Visits on the first, third, and fifth weekend every month
  • An extended visit of at least 30 days during the summer vacation
  • Alternating holidays such as Christmas at the non-custodial parent every other year

If the non-custodial parent lives more than 100 miles away from the custodial parent, they still retain the right to the following:

  • At least one weekend a month with their child or visits on every first, third, and fifth weekend per month
  • Alternating holidays
  • Every spring break and an extended visit of at least 42 days during the summer

Visitations are separate from child support. Non-custodial parents are entitled to visitation as per their custody agreement even if they don’t pay child support. For more details, contact our family law firm in Fort Worth, Texas. Do you have questions regarding your rights as a non-custodial parent? Sanchez & Wood Law would love to help! We have over 40 years of experience and expertise to help your situation. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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