If you are on the verge of filing for divorce or splitting from a partner
and you have children, it’s important to acquaint yourself with
the child custody laws you might be facing in Texas. Nothing that revolves
around divorce or family matters is every simple, but we’re here
to help however we can.
In Texas, child custody is known as "conservatorship." Instead
of referring to a parent as a "custodian," courts name a child's
custodian a "conservator." Conservatorship is the word used
to describe the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent. The court
or the parties involved in the divorce or separation appoints or agree
to one of two situations:
- One spouse is appointed as the sole managing conservator of the children,
while the other spouse is appointed as the possessory conservator, giving
them visitation rights.
- Both parents are appointed as joint managing conservators of the children.
In this option, rights and responsibilities are allocated between the parents.
Conservatorship determines who gets to make parenting decisions about your
child, such as medical treatment, education, sports, and even religious
upbringing. Ultimately, the court’s decision on a conservatorship
plan is based on the best interest of the child or children, and they
look at family violence, drugs and alcohol, and other conflicts when determining this.
How We Can Help
The best situation for a separating or divorcing couple is to come to an
agreement between themselves. A
mediator or an attorney can help you reach this goal, and assuming you can agree
upon custody, the court almost always approves this agreement. However,
if you can’t agree upon custody, an experienced family attorney
is always prepared to fight it out in court.
Even if you’re not ready to hire someone, it’s probably a good
decision to have an initial consultation with either a lawyer or a mediator.
At The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, we can help you with child custody basics,
high-conflict cases, custody modifications, child relocation, and other
family issues. We offer complimentary initial consultations to help you
get together the facts of your case and let you know what we think you
should do next.
Call (281) 810-9760 or
contact us online to speak with our
Texas family law attorney.
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