Child custody hearings can be stressful and nerve-wracking events for anyone going through a divorce in San Antonio. If you are currently in the middle of such proceedings, then you likely share the same fear of many of the clients that we here at The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza have worked with: that you may lose many of your parental rights if you are not named your children's managing conservator. Your concerns are understandable, given that it may be difficult to have a strong say in your kids' upbringing if they live with your ex-spouse a majority of the time. Yet you need not worry; the law respects your authority as their parent even if you are not their managing conservator.
Exactly how far does that respect go? Your parental rights (regardless of whether you are your children's managing or possessory conservator) are spelled out in Section 153.073 of the Texas Family Code. They include:
- To receive information from your ex-spouse concerning the health, welfare and education of your children, and to confer with him or her over decisions regarding such aspects of their lives
- To consult with medical and dental professionals over your kids' care, to consent to treatment in emergency situations, and to have access to their treatment records
- To attend school activities and to consult with school officials regarding your children's education, including their participation in such activities
- To be designated as your children's emergency contact
- To manage your children's estates in affairs overseen by either you or your family
It should be understood, however, that the court can choose to limit your parental rights if it believes there is cause to do so. The same holds true with your ex-spouse. To learn more about child custody issues, feel free to continue exploring our site.