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How Texas law treats noncustodial parents

Under Texas law, it is important that a noncustodial parent responds to any papers related to a child custody hearing. Failing to show up in court for a scheduled hearing could result in a judge making decisions for that parent related to paternity and child support. Those who are unable to go to a hearing should contact the court or the child support office to learn how to send a response.

Court sessions may take an entire day, and it is a noncustodial parent's right to have counsel present. DNA testing may be requested to determine paternity, and after paternity has been established, a judge will make an order regarding child and medical support. An order will also be created that addresses child custody and visitation. Courts are required to take a noncustodial parent's wishes into account when creating such orders.

A standard possession order dictates that a noncustodial parent has a child every first, third and fifth weekend. He or she also gets the child every Thursday, alternating holidays and for 30 days during the summer if the parent lives within 100 miles of the child. If the parent lives more than 100 miles from the child, visitation may be reduced to one weekend a month, alternating holidays and 42 days during the summer.

Parents who are in a child custody dispute may wish to talk with an attorney. A lawyer may be able to help an individual get primary custody or expanded visitation rights. This may be done by establishing that a parent may provide a safe and stable living environment for the child. Parents may be entitled to visitation or custody if it is in the best interest of the child, no matter how the other parent may feel.

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