The terms sole custody and joint custody commonly come up in divorce cases where children are involved. In Texas though, that terminology is misleading. Conservatorship is the term used in the Texas Family Code in the place of custody. Sole managing conservatorship refers to instances when one parent has the sole right to make decisions concerning the child in matters such as health care and education. The Texas Family Code presumes that joint managing conservatorship is in the child's best interest. Joint managing conservatorship means that both parents are expected to share in the decision-making regarding their children. At The Lincoln Law Firm, PLLC, in Houston, our primary concern is not terminology, but to make certain that you continue to play an important role in the upbringing of your child.
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When Sole Managing Conservatorship Is Possible
Texas law expects child custody arrangements to be in the best interest of the child. Typically, this means that both parents will play a role in raising the child. There are very few instances in which sole custody, or sole managing conservatorship, is possible.
When one parent has drug or alcohol problems, or is involved in some sort of criminal activity, or is otherwise unavailable, the other parent may be granted sole managing conservatorship. Similarly, if one parent has a history of committing domestic violence against the other parent or against the child, that parent may not continue to be involved in the life of the child. These are extreme situations, but our experience has taught us how to properly address them.
What Joint Managing Conservatorship Looks Like
It is important to understand that joint custody, or joint managing conservatorship, does not necessarily mean a 50-50 split of the child's time. While decision-making power is shared, the child may spend more time with one parent than the other. Typically, one parent is given the exclusive right to determine the child's primary residence. The child's residence usually dictates where the child attends school if the child is attending public school. We will take great care to create a parenting plan that makes sense for you and your child.
Contact A Joint Child Custody Attorney Serving Cypress
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