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 Len Conner

 & Associates, P.C.


 600 John Carpenter Frwy.

 Suite 238 

 Irving, Texas 75062


 Dallas | Fort Worth


Len Conner



is the legal word in Texas for Rights and Duties to your child.  A parents rights and duties are outlined below:

Rights and Duties to a child can be granted to a parent in three ways by the Court:  Jointly, Independently, or Exclusively.  Joint rights require both parents consent.  Independent rights can be exercised independently by each parent without the consent of the other parent.  Exclusive rights may be granted to only one parent, such as the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the child.  Texas law presumes that both parent should be appointed as joint managing conservators of a child.
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(a)  A parent of a child has the following rights and duties:
(1)  the right to have physical possession, to direct the moral and religious training, and to designate the residence of the child;
(2)  the duty of care, control, protection, and reasonable discipline of the child;
(3)  the duty to support the child, including providing the child with clothing, food, shelter, medical and dental care, and education;
(4)  the duty, except when a guardian of the child's estate has been appointed, to manage the estate of the child, including the right as an agent of the child to act in relation to the child's estate if the child's action is required by a state, the United States, or a foreign government;
(5)  except as provided by Section 264.0111, the right to the services and earnings of the child;
(6)  the right to consent to the child's marriage, enlistment in the armed forces of the United States, medical and dental care, and psychiatric, psychological, and surgical treatment;
(7)  the right to represent the child in legal action and to make other decisions of substantial legal significance concerning the child;
(8)  the right to receive and give receipt for payments for the support of the child and to hold or disburse funds for the benefit of the child;
(9)  the right to inherit from and through the child;
(10)  the right to make decisions concerning the child's education;  and
(11)  any other right or duty existing between a parent and child by virtue of law.(b)  The duty of a parent to support his or her child exists while the child is an unemancipated minor and continues as long as the child is fully enrolled in a secondary school in a program leading toward a high school diploma and complies with attendance requirements described by Section 154.002(a)(2).(c)  A parent who fails to discharge the duty of support is liable to a person who provides necessaries to those to whom support is owed.(d)The rights and duties of a parent are subject to:
(1)  a court order affecting the rights and duties;
(2)  an affidavit of relinquishment of parental rights;  and
(3)  an affidavit by the parent designating another person or agency to act as managing conservator.
(e)  Only the following persons may use corporal punishment for the reasonable discipline of a child:
(1)  a parent or grandparent of the child;
(2)  a stepparent of the child who has the duty of control and reasonable discipline of the child; and
(3)  an individual who is a guardian of the child and who has the duty of control and reasonable discipline of the child.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995.  Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 751, Sec. 23, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  Renumbered from Sec. 151.003 by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 821, Sec. 2.13, eff. June 14, 2001.  Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 964, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001;  Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1036, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by: Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 924, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 972, Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2007.

For a private confidential consultation to discuss your legal matter with an experienced Texas Family Law and Paternity Lawyer, please call us at (972) 445-1500.  BE PREPARED - CALL NOW!

Do Not Wait to Establish Your Rights
Whether you are a father or you are about to be a father you have certain legal rights and obligations towards your child. However, waiting to establish these rights will only make it more difficult to gain access to the children.  The sooner you act, the easier it is for the Court to issue a Court Order insuring your time with the children.  If you delay, the Texas Attorney General's office will likely file a lawsuit against you and request up to FOUR YEARS of retroactive or back child support with minimal visitation. Call us Today! 972-445-1500.


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We hope the information provided here is helpful.  Please call our office with any questions you may have. Unless otherwise indicated, attorneys listed in this site are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  This web site is designed for general information only. The information at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.


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