divorce or child
custody dispute in Texas, the parents are usually named
Joint Managing Conservators. This means that the rights and duties of parenthood are shared between
the parents. However, in some cases the court might decide to name one parent
Sole Managing Conservator.
When a parent is named
Sole Managing Conservator, that parent will have the right to make all or most of the decisions
regarding the child, and can exclude the other parent from the decision
making process. TheSole Managing Conservator’s decision making power might include:
- Decisions about medical care
- Decisions about education
- Allowing the child to marry before the age of 18
- Deciding where the child will live
The other parent will be named the
Possessory Conservator. That parent will usually get visitation with the child, and will have
certain duties when the child is in their possession, such as the duty
to provide for the child’s physical needs.
Why the Court Might Choose a Sole Managing Conservator over Joint Managing
In Texas, there is a rebuttable presumption that appointing both parents
Joint Managing Conservators is in the child’s best interest. Why then might the court choose
to appoint one parent the
Sole Managing Conservator?
The court’s first consideration is the best interest of the child.
Some factors the court might consider when deciding what is in the child’s
best interest include:
- The child’s desires
- The emotional and physical needs of the child, now and in the future
- Danger to the child, now and in the future
- The parental abilities of both parents
- Stability of the home environment
- The plans each parent has for the child
- Whether there is evidence of domestic violence
- Whether either parent has filed a false report of child abuse
The court may not favor either parent on account of gender or marital status.
Split Custody Arrangements
When there are two or more children involved, some families see a
split custody arrangement as a possible solution. In a split custody arrangement, one
parent will be named the Sole Managing Conservator of one child, and the
other parent will be named the
Sole Managing Conservator of the other child. This arrangement is not favored by Texas courts.
In Texas, courts prefer to keep siblings together, to be raised as a family.
Courts will not usually approve a split custody arrangement unless there
is a clear and compelling reason to do so. Of course, the biggest concern
is what is in the best interest of the child. So while
split custody is not prohibited outright, it is very rare, and only used where there
are very good reasons for doing so.
split custody is more common when the children are not all from the same relationship
or marriage, but some of the children are from a previous relationship.
In those situations, there is no requirement that there be a clear and
compelling reason to
Out of Court Options
Most parents do not realize that they can agree on a
custody arrangement, and that the court will usually adopt their agreement. It is usually
preferable to agree to a
custody arrangement outside of court, as in-court custody battles can be emotionally
family law attorneys are available to help you design a custody arrangement that is right for
you family. In those situations where an agreement cannot be reached,
our attorneys are prepared to protect your rights in court.
Families should consider both
Sole and Joint Managing Conservatorships when deciding which type of arrangement will be right for them. In most cases, a
Joint Managing Conservatorship is best for the children involved, but not always. Courts and parents
should be most concerned with what is best for the child, and in some
cases, that may be appointing one parent
Sole Managing Conservator.
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