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What authority do you have beyond basic parental rights?

For divorced parents in San Antonio, the rights that each has in regards to providing and caring for their children can often be a point of contention. The law grants you as a parent certain rights regardless of whether you have been named the managing or possessory conservator of your children. However, extended rights and duties are also granted exclusively to the managing conservator. You may want to familiarize yourself with these privileges if this is the role that you are granted as part of your child custody agreement.

The added rights given to a managing conservator are detailed in the Texas Family Code. They include:

  •          Selecting your children’s primary residence.
  •          Consenting to medical, dental, surgical, and psychiatric treatment for your children.
  •          Managing the services rendered and any monies earned by the children.
  •          Representing the children in any legal disputes.
  •          Consenting to the marriage of any of the children or in their enlistment in any of the branches of the U.S. military.
  •          Receiving and managing child support payments.

If this role of being the children’s sole managing conservator is given to your spouse, that is not to say that your authority over your children is only limited to basic parental rights. Whenever the children are in your possession, you are allowed the right to direct their religious and moral education. You are also allowed given medical decision-making privileges for any care not involving invasive procedures.

If you and your ex-spouse wish to assign your own rights to each other, you are allowed to do that, as well. The stipulation to that is that both agree to a joint managing conservatorship. 

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