Parents in Texas who have not yet resolved their child custody arrangements may be concerned with being appointed as the non-custodial parent, or the parent who has no physical custody of their children. Many myths about child custody ignore the fact that non-custodial parents can be given legal custody and are active participants in the upbringing of their children.
One popular myth about non-custodial parents is that they are irresponsible and do not pay required child support. The truth is that non-custodial parents are generally tasked with paying child support, so when there are individuals who fail to pay the support, they do happen to be the non-custodial parent. However, it should not be automatically assumed that all non-custodial parents are deadbeats as a large number of non-custodial parents always make their child support payments timely.
Another misconception about non-custodial parents is that they are all men. This is not true: The courts are increasingly acknowledging how important fathers are to their children and are ready to grant joint or sole custody to the fathers.
Despite the belief that non-custodial parents are not active participants in the lives of their children, many non-custodial parents make every effort to be involved with their children's lives. They do this despite often having limited time with their children.
While some non-custodial parents may voluntarily relinquish custody of their children, this is not true for the majority of cases. Many of the parents who do choose to give up custody do so because they believe that it is in the best interest of their children's welfare.
A family law attorney may advise clients about their legal options regarding child custody. The attorney might litigate to protect the rights of parents who seek to have physical custody of their children.