Custody

Putting Your Children First

When a Texas couple separates or divorces and they have minor children together, custody decisions need to be made that are in the best interests of those children. For parents, this is one of the most emotional aspects of divorce. 

Texas law uses the term ‘conservatorship’ when referring to custody. Parents may agree on a conservatorship arrangement themselves or, if they cannot agree, a judge will make that decision using the best interests of the children as a guideline.

  • Sole Managing Conservatorship: With this arrangement, the children live with one parent while the other will be granted a limited possession of and access to the child (a Texas legal term for visitation). This situation is typically reserved for cases where there has been discord or even violence in the family home.
  • Joint Managing Conservatorship: This custody arrangement allows parents to raise their children together, which is why it is the ideal outcome. The children will stay with one parent the majority of the time, but the other will have regular visitation and both will make decisions regarding where they go to school, what healthcare they receive, and what religious faith they observe.

In Texas, each parent must present a plan to the court, which will review them. If the two plans are identical, the proposed arrangement will likely be approved. If there are key differences, the court will create its own plan using those from the parents as a basis.

Even when parents don’t get along, they are usually able to agree that a stable home environment is important for their children. When they are willing to set aside their personal differences and agree on a fair and practical conservatorship arrangement, the children will benefit.

Let Us Help You Help Your Kids

You love your children (we know that happy children make happy parents!) and deserve to be a central part of their life as they grow up. To protect your parental rights, contact the experienced child custody team at Branch Family Law.