Establishing legal and physical custody of your child as the result of a family law case is the key to conservatorship. Joint managing conservatorships and Sole managing conservatorships are the end result of most conservatorship divisions in a Texas child custody or divorce case.

Joint managing conservators share in the legal custody, decision making and other areas of your child’s life. Expect that these rights and duties will be shared equally for the most part, with certain rights being held exclusively or independently by you and your co-parent in certain regards and at certain times. Most parents are joint managing conservators as a result of their family law case.

Next, Sole managing conservatorships involve the same rights and duties to children, but the sole managing conservator will hold superior rights to make decisions for the children in regard to educational and medical issues. Additionally, the sole managing conservator will typically have physical custody of the children more frequently than the possessory conservator.

Geographic restrictions refer to a limitation on where your children can reside. The primary conservator of the children will need to reside within a certain geographic area either agreed to by the parties or ordered by a family court judge. Not all child custody orders have geographic restrictions in place but many do.

Finally, note that you and your co-parent must provide updates to one another regarding issues like how your child is doing in school, their physical and mental health and other updates on their condition. It is likely that your Final Decree of Divorce requires you to update your co-parent in the event that you change employers or have a new mailing or home address.

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