The parent of a child has the following rights and duties: 1) the right to have physical possession, to direct the moral and religious training, and to designate the residence of the child; 2) the duty of care, control, protection, and reasonable discipline of the child; 3) except as provided by Section 264.0111, the right to the services and earnings of the child; 4) the right to consent to the child’s marriage, enlistment in the armed forces of the United States, medical and dental care, and psychiatric, psychological, and surgical treatment; 5) the right to represent the child in legal action and to make other decisions of substantial legal significance concerning the child; 6) the right to receive and give receipt for payments for the support of the child and to hold or disburse funds for the benefit of the child; 7) the right to inherit from and through the child; 8) the right to make decisions concerning the child’s education; and 9) any other right or duty existing between a parent and child by virtue of law. If you have questions about your parent child relationship or any family law matter, call the Morris Law Firm at (214)357-1782 or email us at


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