Most parents in Texas want what is best for their children, even if they divorce. They know that their child will have a lot to cope with throughout the divorce process and after, and they will want to make sure they still have a strong and meaningful relationship with their child after the divorce is completed. In Texas, this may mean that parents share legal custody, referred to in the state as “Joint managing conservatorship.”
Presumption of joint managing conservatorship
Under Texas law, it is presumed that parents should share joint managing conservatorship. This means that they both share in making decisions about the responsibilities that come with raising the child. However, this does not mean that the child will spend exactly 50% of their time with each parent.
What are the rights and duties of a conservator?
Parents who are appointed as conservator of a child have the right to receive information about the child’s health, education and welfare. They and the child’s other conservator-parent will have to confer when possible when making decisions about the child’s health care, education and welfare. Conservators have a right to access the child’s medical and school records and consult with the child’s physicians and school officials. Joint managing conservators have the right to attend school activities and to be listed as an emergency contact for school and extra-curricular activities.
Learn more about joint managing conservatorship in Texas
Ultimately, this post is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want more information on joint managing conservatorship in Texas are encouraged to visit our firm’s family law website to learn more about their rights and options.