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How is a non-custodial parent defined?

Children are generally affected in many ways when their parents divorce. In the best interests of the children, any court, be it in Dallas, Texas, or anywhere else in the United States, may give physical custody to one parent and order the other parent to pay child support. The parent who does not have physical custody of the child is identified as the non-custodial parent.

Just because a parent is not the custodial parent, it does not mean he or she does not have any rights as a parent. What are some of the rights of non-custodial parents? As a non-custodial parent, an individual is entitled to spend time with their child through visitation or another parenting arrangement. A non-custodial parent also has the right to know the whereabouts of a child.

Another right non-custodial parents have is their right to open a child support case through the Texas Attorney General's Office. This action can facilitate a court order that will address all visitation and child custody matters, and it will also indicate the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent needs to pay. It will also outline medical expenses and any other additional financial responsibilities that non-custodial parents are responsible for.

Whether a parent is the custodial or non-custodial parent, it is important to be involved in the child's life. Some parents may be able to agree on a visitation schedule and other issues involving the non-custodial parent's involvement in the child's life, but for those who need assistance or cannot agree, a family law attorney can be helpful.

Source:, What is a non-custodial parent?," accessed on Nov.17, 2014

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