In Texas, child custody encompasses two different categories: conservatorship and possession and access.
Conservatorship is about your decision-making powers as a parent, including important decisions such as your child’s education and medical care. Most often, each parent is appointed as a joint managing conservator and many decisions are shared by the parents. In some circumstances, it’s inappropriate or unworkable for parents to be joint managing conservators together and certain rights are awarded to one parent, in which case one parent is appointed as sole managing conservator and the other as possessory conservator.
Possession and access, sometimes called visitation, is about who has the right to have the child at any moment in time. Parents may work out possession and access issues, based on the needs of the child as well as the schedules of the parents. When parents can’t agree, Texas law provides a standard possession order, but because the best interest of the child is always the primary consideration, the court can deviate from the standard schedule in making decisions about parenting time.
At Turton & Pinkerton, PLLC, we are committed to helping you through the child custody process. Knowing your options is the first step to empowering yourself. We take the time to work through the details of your particular situation, analyzing your options constructively, intelligently, and strategically, to create a plan of action tailored to help you achieve your goals and protect what’s most important to you.