Custodial & Noncustodial Parents
(In Texas, known as a sole managing conservatorship or a joint managing conservatorship or a possessory conservatorship)
The courts will consider parenting abilities, living situations, and other factors when choosing a custodial parent. This does not necessarily mean the noncustodial parent is no longer involved in the child’s care.
In most cases, the custodial parent is legally obligated to keep the noncustodial parent current on information about children, including their education and health. While the custodial parent might have the right to make final decisions, collaboration with the noncustodial parent is often strongly encouraged.
Child support payments are meant to equalize the financial impact of child-rearing. These payments are to provide for children and are not payments to former partners, nor are they connected to visitation or custody.
Noncustodial parents have the rights to access their children per the visitation or custody agreement and also can voice opinions regarding children’s education and religious upbringing. Most agreements limit the custodial parent’s right to move children further than stipulated distances without consent of the noncustodial parent. Stallings Family Law is available to help protect the interests of noncustodial parents if legal agreements are not being honored.