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Examining the Rights and Duties of Texas Parents, Part Two

Examining the Rights and Duties of Texas Parents, Part Two

When clients come into the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC to discuss their family law questions and problems it is frequent that I will hear him or her use the term “fight” or “war” or “battle” to describe what is going on at home. As a parent, I can understand how emotionally involved these folks feel about their children and their family. If you’re reading this blog post you probably find yourself in a similar situation.

For the purposes of this blog, and your family law case as a whole I would caution you to take a step back from using that sort of language, however. When we are discussing your rights and duties to parent your child it is inherently personal. That much is obvious. It is easy to fall into a trap that parenting your little boy or girl is a “zero sum” game.

This means that for you to gain a right to do something, you must take away the same right of your child’s other parent. If the situation were like this then using terms like “war” or “battle” may actually make sense.

Avoiding Custody Battles: Aligning with Texas Family Code for Your Child’s Best Interest

The Texas Family Code is key in understanding how parental rights and duties are allocated. It doesn’t encourage conflicts in court, suggesting a more harmonious approach. A word of advice: be cautious if a lawyer seems overly eager to take your case to court. This might not be in your best interest.

Regarding the well-being of your child, it’s often preferable for both parents to be joint managing conservators. If there’s a disagreement, it’s likely that a judge will reinforce this stance in court.

Reflecting on the rights and duties of parents in Texas, these responsibilities are typically shared. When co-parenting, major decisions about your child should involve both parents. For instance, imagine the complications that might arise if one parent unilaterally decides to change their child’s school. The approach to making significant decisions for your child should remain consistent, even post-divorce.

Examining the Rights and Duties of Texas Parents, Part Two