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Empowering Non-Custodial Parents: ARTICLE V. PRIVILEGES Part 1

by | Nov 11, 2023 | Firm News

Introduction: Hello, fellow non-custodial parents, fathers, and husbands in Brazoria and Galveston counties! I’m Attorney Ben Beveridge, and I’ve been where you are. Once a non-custodial parent myself, limited to weekends with my kids, I pursued a legal education to change that. After passing the bar, it took only a few months for me to gain equal access to my children. Now, I’m dedicated to helping parents like you achieve the same. As an advocate for equal parenting rights, I’ve actively lobbied for legislative changes and have even successfully appealed court decisions to ensure fair access. Join me on this journey to understand the legal privileges that can empower you in your pursuit of equal time with your children.

Understanding Legal Privileges:

Rule 501: Privileges in General

Rule 501 sets the stage for legal privileges. Knowing your rights is crucial, especially when it comes to refusing to be a witness, disclosing information, or preventing others from doing so.

Rule 502: Required Reports Privileged by Statute

Navigating the complexities of required reports is essential. This privilege allows you to refuse disclosure, with exceptions for cases involving perjury, false statements, fraud, or non-compliance.

Rule 503: Lawyer-Client Privilege

For non-custodial parents seeking legal counsel, Rule 503 protects confidential communications with lawyers. This privilege ensures that your conversations remain confidential, promoting open and honest dialogue.

Rule 504: Spousal Privileges

Understanding spousal privileges is crucial for non-custodial parents. This rule safeguards confidential communications between spouses, with exceptions for certain crimes or fraud.

Rule 505: Privilege for Communications to a Clergy Member

For those seeking spiritual guidance during challenging times, Rule 505 establishes a privilege for confidential communications with clergy members.

Rule 506: Political Vote Privilege

Non-custodial parents have the privilege to keep their political votes confidential, promoting individual freedom in the democratic process.

Rule 507: Trade Secrets Privilege

In cases involving trade secrets, Rule 507 protects non-custodial parents from disclosing proprietary information, ensuring fairness and justice.

Rule 508: Informer’s Identity Privilege

Navigating legal matters often involves sensitive information. Rule 508 establishes a privilege for informer’s identities, with exceptions in certain criminal and civil cases.

Call to Action: As a legal professional passionate about equal parenting rights, I’m here to help. If you’re struggling to gain access to your children or facing challenges with court-ordered possession, call my office at 281-407-0961 or submit your information at I specialize in family law, including appeals, and I’ve successfully overturned many trial judges’ decisions.