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Conservatorship & Visitation Rights in Texas

There are many ways that child custody can be divided and each case is unique, making it important to be properly represented by a San Antonio child custody attorney. Under Texas law, there are two types of custody or conservatorship that can be awarded. Joint managing conservatorship involves both parents having custody rights over the child and sharing responsibility. Under sole managing conservatorship, one parent is granted full custody rights and is responsible for making decisions about the child's upbringing.

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Doing What is Best for the Child

Courts often want both parents involved in the life of the child, so if possible they will try to award some type of joint conservatorship, even if one parent has more rights than the other. In cases where it seems detrimental or not in the best interest of the child to have joint conservatorship, they will give sole custody to one parent and the other parent may receive visitation rights. The judge may also choose to award sole conservatorship in cases where the other parent has been absent, has a history of drug use, has been violent, or for other reasons that may not seem in the best interest of the child.

The court takes several factors into consideration when deciding on child custody:

  • The parental ability of both parties
  • The current and future needs of the child
  • The child's desire
  • Potential dangers to the child
  • Available programs to help the parents
  • The stability of both parties
  • Plans each parent has for the child

Visitation rights, referred to as possession and access, could be given in cases where a parent does not receive conservatorship but the court still believes the parent should be allowed specified visits with the child. A schedule, or standard possession order, that details these visitations can be drafted and both parents can work to create this together or else the court will step in and make the schedule. This is also true of child custody rights. Both parents can try to work together to divide up conservatorship, but if they are unable to agree, then a judge can make this ruling.

Individual Attention & Quality Representation

Whether you are considering going through a divorce or have ended your relationship with the parent of your child, determining custody rights is one of the main issues. Having a detailed and enforceable agreement that specifies child custody rights is important. In the event that you and the other parent do not see eye to eye, a legal plan can be a protection and can reduce conflict by clearly stating expectations. These situations can be difficult, complex, and tense. Having qualified San Antonio child custody lawyers on the case can reduce stress, can relieve the burden, and can provide knowledgeable guidance on the next steps to take.

If you need representation in your child custody case, contact our office at (210) 405-6623 for a consultation.

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