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.
In the state of Texas, parents are allowed to make their own child custody arrangements in a variety of ways, as long as both parents are in agreement. If the parents cannot agree about child custody and visitation, then the court will use a schedule that was developed by the Texas Legislature. This schedule is known as the standard possession order. The SPO grants visitation to the non-custodial parent every other weekend from 6 pm on a Friday until 6 pm on a Sunday. School holidays are divided evenly between the two parents.
When a marriage dissolves within the state of Texas, the divorce court may address each parent’s individual visitation and custody arrangement with any children that are involved. Child custody establishes a set routine that is meant to provide children with the most optimal and stable living condition possible.