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What are my Parental Rights as a Non-Custodial Parent?


There are two forms of custody: physical and legal. When a parent has physical custody, it means that the child lives with that parent most of the time. The other parent will most likely have visitation rights, but it’s limited.

Legal custody allows the parents to decide about their children’s lives, like their education, religious upbringing, and healthcare. Parents can have joint legal custody, which makes things a lot easier on both parties.

Non-Custodial Parent

When a parent is declared a non-custodial parent, they do not have primary custody of their children. But as stated before, a non-custodial parent can have joint legal custody. The court will consider the child’s relationship with their parents, including the parent's health and the children’s interests.


As a non-custodial parent, you have the right to legal custody and visitation. We’ve already highlighted how joint custody works, so we’ll discuss visitation rights instead.

A non-custodial parent has the right to physically see their children as well as talk to them over the phone, make video calls, and text. Ideally, a non-custodial parent has a visitation schedule in which the children get to spend one to two weekends a month with them. If you do not have a visitation schedule set up, you should speak with your co-parent about building one.

Need Help With Your Rights as a Parent?

The Albin Oldner Law, PLLC team has a history of advocating for concerned parents in the North Dallas area. If you suspect you’re getting the short end of your custody deal, contact our legal firm today.

You can call us at (214) 225-4325 or visit our website to request a consultation with one of our attorneys.