What is Conservatorship in Texas?
In the state of Texas, a child’s guardian is not called a “custodian,” as is the case in many other states, but is referred to as a “conservator.”
Types of Conservatorship
Either one parent (known as the sole managing conservator) will be allowed to have the primary custody of their child, or the two parents will be involved in joint custody, meaning one is a joint managing conservator.
In Texas, a parent who is a conservator can rightfully designate the child’s education, social activities, extracurricular events, etc. as the parent sees fit for the child’s best interest. This does not mean that the other parent is not involved in the child’s well-being, however. The state of Texas urges both parents to be very involved in making a safe, loving set of homes for the child, and to work together in this common goal.
How is Conservatorship Determined?
When the court is determining which type of conservatorship to be granted, there are several factors which are considered, including:
The child’s preferences if they are over the age of 12
The child’s physical needs, current and future
The child’s emotional and mental needs, current and future
Each of the parent’s background history
Each parent’s ability to make time for the child
The stability of each parent’s home and environment
The types of programs (social, religious, academic, extracurricular) available to the child at each location
Any examples of parental unfitness or potential risks or danger to the child
Personal Attention Throughout Your Case
We know that these are some of the most important legal issues that you may ever face and want to make sure that you can make informed decisions about your future. Our team will explain your options and work together with you to determine how you wish to move forward.
We help clients with a number of issues concerning child custody, including:
Determining which parent will be the child’s primary conservator
Establishing a visitation schedule that works for both parents
Developing a system that allows the parents to communicate effectively post-divorce about issues related to childcare
In addition to helping you resolve your custody and visitation issues, we can also assist with matters concerning child support. The child support laws in Texas carefully detail the amount of support that must be paid. Whether you are seeking or contesting support or wish to revisit an existing support order, our legal team has the experience you need to help you obtain results.