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November 5, 2020

Can a parent who does not have custody have access to the child's records?

Both the custodial and noncustodial parents will have access to your child’s records, unless a court order says otherwise. These records include anything relating to your child, such as school records, medical and dental records. If you do not want the other parent to have access to these records, you must convince the judge that there is a good reason for her/him to limit this access.1 Also, if you are living in a confidential address due to fear of the batterer, you may want to consider using a P.O. box address at the child’s doctor or school, if possible. Another option is to participate in the Texas Attorney General’s Address Confidentiality Program. This way, if the batterer does get access to the child’s records, s/he cannot use the records to find out where you are living.

1 Tex. Fam. Code § 153.073