Joint Child Custody
Joint Managing Conservatorship in Texas
In Texas, there is a presumption that parents will act as joint managing conservators. Often called joint custody in other states,this arrangement does not mean that both parents have equal responsibility for the children. Even though they have joint custody, the court assigns parents specific roles.
Agreeing about custody is better than having a judge impose custody arrangements
I advise clients to work together to find a way to care for their children. If they can accomplish this, they will achieve a child custody agreement that meets their needs without the interference of a third party. Using collaborative family law techniques or obtaining a temporary order, parents may be able to achieve an equitable sharing of responsibility and joint custody. When this is not an option, I provide my clients with practical advice and workable solutions to all matters related to custody. Contact me at Frank E. Mann, Attorney and Counselor at Law.
Joint managing conservatorship is the norm in Houston Texas
Joint managing conservatorship is the default arrangement for child custody in Texas. This means that parents share responsibility for major decision making on behalf of the child in matters such as education, religion, and medical crises. It does not mean that both parents spend the same amount of time with the child. However, dividing the time equally can work if both parents and the children want this. Each family is different. I try to develop joint custody proposals that work and meet the family's needs.
The Texas Legislature has had a bill put forth in the last 2 sessions to attempt to ensure custody arrangements remain fair for fathers. Read more about it here:
Could Presumptive Equal Custody for Fathers Be Coming to Texas?
Under joint managing conservatorship, one of the parents is appointed as the primary managing conservator. The child may live primarily with this parent, who has the day-to-day responsibility for caring for the child. The primary managing conservator usually receives child support from the other parent. Either fathers or mothers can be appointed as primary joint managing conservators.
A joint child custody lawyer who develops child custody proposals that meet your needs
Joint managing conservatorship is relatively new in Texas family law. It reflects the belief that having both parents involved in the upbringing of their children is positive. It also assumes that the two parents can work together for the benefit of their children. If you believe that your children would benefit from a joint managing conservatorship, contact my law office in Houston. I offer practical advice and workable solutions in all child custody matters.