Divorced couples with children in Texas must decide on custody that works for them. If they can’t agree, the matter goes through the court. It’s important to understand the state’s child custody laws.
What is the state’s policy on child custody?
Child custody in Texas is called “conservatorship.” Custody is decided in a way that lets the child have regular ongoing contact with both parents. There must be a stable, safe and loving environment. Parents are encouraged to work together to continue raising their children even after divorce.
The court will always decide on an agreement that’s in the best interests of the child.
What are the different types of custody?
There are different types of child custody in Texas. Managing conservatorship is also known as legal custody. Parents with this type of custody have the right to make all decisions affecting the child, including those concerning education, religion and medical or healthcare needs. The court aims to give parents joint managing conservatorship, which is also known as joint legal custody.
Possessory conservatorship refers to the physical custody of the child. This type of custody allows the parents to choose when the child stays with each of them. It also gives them the opportunity to decide when the parent without possessory conservatorship gets time with the child. If parents are unable to agree on a visitation, a standard possession order is given that explains it for them.
Sole managing conservatorship is a type of child custody that gives one parent the sole right to make decisions concerning the child. The court could award this type of custody to one parent based on the other parent’s situation.
For example, if the other parent has a lengthy criminal background, abuses drugs or has a history of violence, the court might decide that only one parent should get custody. Nonetheless, you and your ex are urged to work together to continue raising your child.