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Nothing is more important than or as difficult in a divorce as providing for the needs of the children. Where possible, it is best to have an amicable agreement between the parents. If that can be accomplished, the judge will almost always approve of it. If not, you will need an Austin family law attorney to make sure your rights are protected.

Court Ordered Custody

Based on the best interests of the child standard, the judge can order either a joint managing conservatorship with the parents sharing joint custody or a sole conservatorship in one parent with the other being a possessory conservator. In either case, a visitation schedule will be worked out based upon a standard schedule contained in the Texas Family Code and modified as necessary based on the particular circumstances. No matter what plan the court determines to be fair, an Austin family law attorney emphasizes that Texas law does specify certain rights a parent has at all times.

Statutory Parent Rights

According to an Austin family law attorney, a parent has the following rights:

  • The right to receive from the other parent information regarding the health, welfare and safety of the child
  • The right to be a part of the decision making process in the health, welfare and education of the child where possible
  • The right to access medical and educational records of the child
  • The right to confer with the school on educational matters involving the child
  • The right to attend school activities of the child
  • The right to be named as an emergency contact on the child’s school record
  • The right to make emergency medical decisions in cases of immediate danger to the health of the child

Parental Duties

Along with parental rights, each parent has obligations to the child and the other parent. Each parent must provide a safe, non-violent environment for the child. Additionally, each parent has the duty to inform the other parent of any significant issues that affect the health, welfare and safety of the child, and it is important that each parent do nothing to prevent the child from regular contact with the other parent.

Contact an Austin Family Law Attorney for Legal Advice

Do not make any decision regarding child custody without a full understanding of your rights as a parent. Call a Austin Family Law Attorney from Nunis & Associates at (512) 236-9696.

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