Can a Step-Parent Use Corporal Punishment on Their Spouse’s Child?

by Ricardo Barrera

Texas law provides that only the conservator or parent of a child may have a right to use corporal punishment on a child and that it must be reasonable. 

One should check their court orders under rights and duties to ensure it’s specifically mentioned.

Corporal punishment should never be used while a parent is angry — never. If punishment is necessary, avoid using any force that will physically injure a child. Spankings for children 12 and under is traditional in our culture, but choking, punching, or pulling hair may land you in CPS court.

A step-parent may deny privileges to the child such as electronics, free time, and rewards. A step-parent should not deny meals or nutritious foods as punishment for any reason.

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