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Legal Statutes: Texas

UPDATED July 20, 2016

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Chapter 101. Definitions

back to top101.024. Parent

(a) “Parent” means the mother, a man presumed to be the father, a man legally determined to be the father, a man who has been adjudicated to be the father by a court of competent jurisdiction, a man who has acknowledged his paternity under applicable law, or an adoptive mother or father. Except as provided by Subsection (b), the term does not include a parent as to whom the parent-child relationship has been terminated.

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(b) For purposes of establishing, determining the terms of, modifying, or enforcing an order, a reference in this title to a parent includes a person ordered to pay child support under Section 154.001(a-1) or to provide medical support for a child.

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(b) For purposes of establishing, determining the terms of, modifying, or enforcing an order, a reference in this title to a parent includes a person ordered to pay child support under Section 154.001(a-1) or to provide medical support or dental support for a child.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, § 1, eff. April 20, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 556, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999;Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 821, § 2.05, eff. June 14, 2001; Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 268, § 1.03, eff. Sept. 1, 2005; Acts 2015, 84th Leg., ch. 1150 (S.B. 550), § 5, eff. Sept. 1, 2018.