In the state of Texas, child custody is called “conservatorship” and the primary custodial parent is called a “conservator.” The state recognizes two types of conservatorships (or custody arrangements): sole managing conservatorships and joint managing conservatorships.
Joint managing conservatorships are the more common arrangement, as this is generally presumed to be in the best interest of the child/children. In a joint managing conservatorship, both parents are allowed time with the child and both are granted the ability to make decisions about the child’s education, healthcare, and other important decisions.
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How Is Child Custody Determined in Texas?
Though joint managing conservatorships are the more common arrangement, the court may award sole managing conservatorship under certain circumstances.
It is important to remember that, when it comes to child custody, the court will always rule in favor of what it determines to be the child’s best interests. This means that one parent is not automatically granted conservatorship; instead, the court will weigh an array of factors when determining how to award custody.
Some of the factors taken into consideration include:
- The overall ability of either parent to care for the child and meet his or her needs
- The child’s existing relationship with each parent and his or her wishes (if appropriate)
- Whether or not the child has any special needs, as well as each parent’s ability to provide for these needs
- The relationship between the parents and their ability to foster a positive relationship between the other parent and the child
- The proximity of each parent to one another, as well as to the child’s school, the location of extracurricular activities, etc.
- If either parent has a history of mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse, child neglect/abuse, or domestic/family violence
In the case of family violence, substance abuse, neglect, or absence from the child’s life, the court may choose to award sole managing conservatorship. This allows just one parent the ability to make decisions on behalf of the child, including where the child will live.
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