My partner and I have two children but were never married. How is custody and...

Even if you and your partner never married you still have all the same legal obligations to care for them as married couples do.

By Donn C. Fullenweider
June 26, 2006
TX FAQs/Child Custody

"My partner and I have two children but were never married. How is custody and child support decided when dealing with children of unwed parents?"

Texas law does not distinguish between children of marriages and cohabitation arrangements. The rights, duties, and obligations of parents to their children, including the obligation of child support, is the same for all children. You can expect to receive support as if you had been married.


Donn C. Fullenweider practices family law in Houston with The Fullenwieder Firm. His skill as a negotiator and trial lawyer has been described in two books about his cases and several national magazines, including Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, and The National Law Journal.

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June 26, 2006
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