“Joint managing conservatorship” is what we call joint custody of children in Texas. This shared custody arrangement means that parents must make decisions together regarding the medical, dental, residency, and education of the children. If the parents cannot decide who the primary caregiver and residence of the children will be, a custody battle may ensue. Ultimately the judge will decide what residence should be the children’s primary residence or home-base. This does not mean that the other parent does not have access to the child; it just designates one parent as the primary conservator and the other as the non-primary.
The non-primary conservator is the parent who has to pay child support to the primary conservator, because naturally the cost to house, clothe, care, and feed the children will be higher for the person who has the children in their home the majority of the time.