A father is usually the biological father of a child under the legal title of “child.” In addition to the parental bonds of a father towards his young children, the father can also have a close, social, and legal relationship with the child which carries along with it certain obligations and rights. As a father, your role and duties are as follows: provide moral guidance for your children; encourage your children to develop healthy morals; teach your children right and wrong behavior; help your children understand their birth or family heritage; be an example in your daily actions and life; and provide shelter and safety for your child. A father must recognize the special relationship that he has with his child, and should show him love, caring, and pampering.
Although the father has the responsibility to rear his child, it does not mean that he gets all the perks. Often times, a mother who was never married, whose husband has passed away, or the mother of an adopted child will be awarded full rights to her child’s welfare even if she is not biologically related to him. In some states, fathers who adopt after losing their parental rights can get visitation rights again if they demonstrate that adoption was a viable decision. If the putative father wants visitation rights with his adopted child, he can file for a modification of the law which allows for periodic visits.
The primary duty of the father is to care for his child, and he is expected to fulfill his duty to his kid as much as possible. In the eyes of society, a good father is supposed to be a provider who homeschools his kid, takes him to his doctor when he needs to be checked up on, protects his kid from neighborhood crime, and provides a stable and loving environment for the kid. There are some parents who allow their children to live with other people after they get married, and there are others who don’t. But in general, society tends to think that a father who homeschools his child makes a better parent. And a dad who is involved in his kids’ lives as much as he can is seen as a more responsible parent than one who lets his child sit around the house all day playing computer games.
A second question is what kind of custody arrangements are allowed in the state of Texas. The legal definition of “manor” includes any dwelling, whether it’s an apartment building, a mobile home, a house or any structure that a person uses exclusively for his residence. It doesn’t matter if the residence is his own or someone else’s. If the residence is his, then the father has the custody and maintenance right over his child. If it isn’t his, then a father should provide his kid with an environment that he feels safe in.
A third question concerns the issue of “birth order.” A child may be born out of wedlock or be born into the wrong family. If the biological mother is still married, then she must give the father access to the child. Otherwise, if the mother was never married and the father wasn’t married when the child was born, then the father can claim paternity and put himself on the fatherhood of the child (in the eyes of the court).
In the end, it really depends on the circumstances. If the relationship between the biological father and the birth mother has existed for many years, then either one can make the claim that they are the father of the child under the circumstances defined by the law. If the couple got married in Texas before the couple’s relationship was legal, then the relationship may never have been a marriage, and either the father or the birth mother can apply for child support or visitation rights. If the couple never got married, then it is important to determine who the father really is to begin with, because Texas doesn’t recognize any other relationship between the parents other than the marriage itself.