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Knowing Your Parental Rights

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Navigating the complexities of family law can be challenging, especially when it comes to understanding your parental rights. In Texas, parental rights are designed to protect the relationship between a parent and their child, ensuring that both parties’ best interests are taken into account. As a parent going through a divorce, seeking custody, or facing other family law issues, learning about your rights can help you make informed decisions with your attorney about how to proceed in any given legal matter. Learn about parental rights in Texas below, and contact the Law Office of Maria Lowry, PLLC, for help throughout Harris County from a compassionate and dedicated Houston family law attorney.

What Are Parental Rights in Texas?

Parental rights in Texas encompass a range of legal entitlements and responsibilities that relate to the care, custody, and control of a child. These rights include, but are not limited to:

  • The right to make decisions regarding the child’s education, health care, and religious upbringing, subject to court orders regarding legal custody (conservatorship).
  • The right to access the child’s medical, dental, psychological, and educational records.
  • The right to attend school activities and participate in decisions related to the child’s education.
  • The right to receive information from the other parent about the child’s health and well-being.
  • The right to manage the child’s estate, if applicable.

How Are Parental Rights Established in Texas?

In Texas, parental rights are automatically granted to married biological parents. However, establishing legal paternity is crucial for unmarried fathers to secure their parental rights. This can be done through a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity or a court order.

For non-biological parents, such as stepparents or grandparents, establishing parental rights can be more complex and typically requires legal action, such as adoption or obtaining a court order for custody or visitation.

How Can Parental Rights Be Modified or Terminated?

Parental rights can be modified through a court order if there is a significant change in circumstances that affects the best interest of the child. This could include changes in the child’s needs, the parent’s living situation, or the parent’s ability to care for the child.

In more severe cases, parental rights can be terminated involuntarily if a parent is found to be unfit due to reasons such as abuse, neglect, abandonment, or failure to support the child. Voluntary termination of parental rights can also occur in situations such as adoption.

Call the Law Office of Maria Lowry to Protect Your Parental Rights in Houston and Harris County

Protecting your parental rights is crucial for maintaining a healthy and meaningful relationship with your child. If you’re facing challenges related to custody, visitation, or other aspects of family law, it’s important to seek legal assistance. The Law Office of Maria Lowry, PLLC, can provide you with the guidance and representation you need to navigate the legal system and protect your rights as a parent. Call the Law Office of Maria Lowry, PLLC, today at 713-850-8859 for quality legal guidance and support in Houston and Harris County, Texas.

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