No matter how amicable things are between a separated couple, child custody and child support often become the points of contention. In Texas, child custody concepts are defined by the term “conservatorship,” and the conservator has the power to make decisions. If you are in a situation where you are fighting for the custody of your child, you should contact an experienced attorney without delay. You can learn more about the laws with regard to your circumstances through your attorney. Here is an overview of child custody laws in the state.
Different Types of Custody
In Texas, you can either get sole or joint custody of your child. The courts will usually favor the latter, depending on the facts of the case, so that the child has the love and care of both parents. There will be a managing conservator who has the power to make decisions related to the education, activities, medical care, travel, and entertainment of the child. The managing conservator can also give consent for emergency medical treatments and has the right to access information related to various factors concerning the child. If the court appoints joint managing conservators, they will have equal decision-making authority for all aspects.
Protecting the child’s best interests
The best interests of the child remain the sole concern of the court, no matter what the parents want. The child’s physical, mental, and emotional growth are factors that the judge will consider besides the current and future needs. The court will also consider how each parent can contribute to the child’s present and future and the capability to provide. If the child is 12 years or older, the wishes of the child can be considered, and also whether there is a case of domestic violence or abuse involved.
Understanding child support
When it comes to child support, it is usually the nonprimary parent who is expected to pay for the child’s needs, but a lot also depends on the circumstances. Courts don’t usually want parents to end up in litigation over custody and visitation and encourage resolving conflict mutually. Even when the parents cannot agree to the critical aspects of the case, they can still go for mediation, where respective lawyers can negotiate, instead of simply going to court.
If you have questions about conservatorships in Texas, consider relying on your lawyer. They are responsible for managing everything and ensuring that your rights are protected as a parent while also focusing on the child’s needs and interests.