Unless your court order denies you of these rights, you have the right to access your child's school records, communicate with their teachers, be added to the emergency contact list, visit your child during lunch, and attend school activities. You should take a certified copy of your order to your child's school to inform them of your rights. The Texas Family Code and the standard possession order do not include a right to attend your child's non-school extracurriculars.
The other parent says I can't visit my child at school. Is that correct?
No. Unless your denies you of this right, you can visit your child during their lunch break. You can also attend school activities such as field trips, games, and performances.
I don't know how my child is doing in school, and the other parent won't tell me.
Can the other parent change my child's school without talking to me about it?
Can I go to my child's school activity? The other parent won't let me go.
What are my rights as a parent?
You have the right to:
- Get information from the other parent about your child's health, school, and welfare.
- Talk with the other parent about your child's health, school, and welfare.
- Look at your child's school and doctor records.
- Talk to your child's doctor, dentist, or therapist.
- Talk with teachers and school employees about your child's:
- how they are doing in school (including sports and other activities).
- Go to your child's school activities.
- Be on your child's emergency contact list.
- Consent to your child's care during a serious emergency.
You do not have these rights if the court order says you do not. But if the court order says nothing like that, you have these rights.
Do I have the right to go to the child's non-school extracurriculars?
Can I take the other parent to court for keeping me away from the child's school?
Show your court orders to a lawyer to help you understand what your rights are. If you have the right to see your child in school, you might be able to enforce that right with a to enforce. If your does not include a right to see your child at school, you can bring a suit.
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