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Unless limited by a court, the rights and duties of a parent at all times are as follows:

  • To receive information from any other conservator of the child concerning the health, education, and welfare of the child
  • To confer with the other parent to the extent possible before making a decision concerning the health, education, and welfare of the child
  • Access to medical, dental, psychological, and educational records of the child
  • To consult with a physician, dentist, or psychologist of the child
  • Consult with school officials concerning the child’s welfare and educational status, including school activities
  • Attend school activities, including school lunches, performances, and field trips
  • Be designated on the child’s records as a person to be notified in case of an emergency
  • Consent to medical, dental, and surgical treatment during an emergency involving an immediate danger to the health and safety of the child;  and
  • Manage the estate of the child to the extent the estate has been created by the parent or the parent’s family.

Unless limited by court order, a parent appointed as managing conservator of a child has the following rights and duties

The Right To:

  • Designate the primary residence of the child
  • Consent to medical, dental, and surgical treatment involving invasive procedures
  • Consent to psychiatric and psychological treatment
  • Receive and give receipt for periodic payments for the support of the child and to hold or disburse these funds for the benefit of the child
  • Represent the child in legal action and make other decisions of substantial legal significance concerning the child
  • Consent to marriage and to enlistment in the armed forces of the United States
  • Make decisions concerning the child’s education
  • The services and earnings of the child
  • Except when a guardian of the child’s estate or a guardian or attorney ad litem has been appointed for the child, the right to act as an agent of the child in relation to the child’s estate if the child’s action is required by a state, the United States, or a foreign government
  • Apply for a passport for the child;
  • Renew the child’s passport; and
  • Maintain possession of the child’s passport.

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