Parental Rights

When a child is born to two parents that are living together, it is generally assumed that the two parents will have parental rights over the child. They will be empowered to make important decisions for that child until that child is an adult. Those rights include the right to have legal and physical custody of the child, the right to make medical and religious decisions for the child, the right to enter into contracts for the child and many other decisions that arise.

In cases where the parents are not living together, there is often the need for an agreement to determine which parent will have the parental rights and how the decisions for the child will be made by the parents. Agreements about parental rights will also be needed in the cases of adoption and other instances where the non-biological parent will assume the rights for a child.

There will be times when a person will maintain the physical parental rights when the child is in their custody, but will not have the legal parental rights. This needs to be spelled out in the agreement between the parents and included in the visitation agreement that is done.

In many case the parental rights are assumed and there is no need for a formal agreement, but if there is one, it should be carefully worded and understood by all parties so that the welfare of the child is protected.

People often have the following types of questions:

  • What are parental rights in Texas?
  • When do I get my parent rights?
  • What parental right do I have when my child is born in Texas?
  • Can my rights be terminated?
  • When I sign up for child support what parental rights do I get?
  • Why do I have to pay child support to get those rights?
  • If I don’t pay child support will my rights be terminated in Texas?
  • If I terminate my parental right does that get me out of paying child support?
  • What are the parental right in Texas?
  • If I terminate these rights do I still get to see my child?
  • How do I terminate my parental rights?
  • Who terminates these rights?
  • Can the mother terminate the rights?
  • Are there grandparent rights in Texas?
  • How do I get grandparent rights in Texas?
  • If I have parental rights do I have the right to see my child?
  • Do I need a DNA test to get my the rights in Texas?
  • Do I need to pay child support to get the rights in Texas?

 

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