Being A Noncustodial Parent Requires Patience & Discipline
Since the parent who has majority possession of the children is typically the custodial parent, the parent who the children does not live with is the non-custodial parent. The parent who does not have primary child custody is not without legal rights. However, the parent who does not have majority possession of the children is still entitled to make medical and legal decisions for the children. While they may not have the right to determine the children’s residence, the parent does have a right to negotiate limits on how far away the children may live. The non-custodial parent has an equal right to make decisions about a children’s schooling and may participate in school activities. If you feel like your rights as a non-custodial parent are being taken away, call the San Antonio noncustodial parent attorneys at BBRJ Law Offices.
Each parent is an important part of the children’s life and the court wants to ensure that, barring any safety concerns, each parent is actively involved with the children. The non-custodial parent has a right to spend time with the children as well as be informed as to the children’s whereabouts. Even though a non-custodial parent does not share equal possession, they are entitled to play an equally important role in the children’s life.
It is important to note that visitation cannot be withheld because one parent has not paid child support. Payment and visitation are not tied to one another. Alternatively, a parent may not stop payment of children support simply because the other parent has refused to let them see the children. Support and visitation and two separate, unrelated matters.
The non-custodial parent does not have fewer rights than the custodial parents; each simply has different responsibilities. Either parent may initiate a proceeding to request modification of an existing order. Each parent has equal right to make medical decisions when the children is in their possession, but they must also notify the other parent in the event of an emergency. Just as the custodial parent has the right to make day-to-day decisions regarding the children, a non-custodial parent also has the right to direct the children’s moral and religious upbringing. Call today to set up a free consultation with one of our non-custodial parent rights lawyers today.