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Texas conservatorship

In Texas, child custody is known as conservatorship and the person to whom custody has been granted is known as the conservator. In some cases, two people may be granted simultaneous conservatorship of the same child. This is known as joint managing conservatorship.

Joint managing conservatorship means that both parents will have rights and obligations when it comes to raising the child. However, this doesn't mean that both parents will have the same set of rights when it comes to deciding where the child will live and how visitation will be conducted. It is up to the judge to decide which parent will get which rights and obligations. This means that one parent may be given the majority of rights and access to the child.

In Texas child custody cases, there is an inherent assumption that conservatorship should be granted to both of the parents. This can be changed if a judge feels that granting sole managing conservatorship to one parent rather than the other would be in the best interests of the child. A parent with sole managing conservatorship will get to determine where the child attends school, where the child lives and will be eligible to receive child support. A judge may decide to grant only one parent conservatorship if the other parent does not want conservatorship or if one parent has a history of violence, drug abuse or conflict.

Child custody arrangements can be difficult to arrange and tough to manage. In some divorce cases, one parent may feel that they have gotten a bad deal regarding their visitation and custody rights. An attorney may be able to help a client negotiate custody arrangements and work out a suitable visitation schedule.

Source: Findlaw, "Joint Managaing Conservatorship", December 22, 2014

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