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Child conservatorships in Texas

Texas law does things a little differently than most states when it comes to child custody. First of all, child custody is instead known as a child conservatorship. These conservatorships are generally split into two types: joint managing conservatorship (JMC) and sole managing conservatorship (SMC). These, in simple terms, refer to whether a parent is the only custodian of the child in question, or whether the other parent also is a custodian of the child jointly.

This blog will provide a brief overview into how child custody works in Texas, and what rights a person has as a conservator.

The rights of a conservator

A conservator generally has the right to have information about the child in question, whether it's in relation to medical records, parent-teacher meetings, psychology appointments or dental records. In the same way, a conservator is also able to give consent in relation to all of these points, including emergency medical treatment.

What does Texas law mean in reference to "possession and access to a child"?

Possession and access to a child is the expression that is used in Texas when referring to visitation. Parents can receive possession and access if the judge deems it to be the best possible scenario for the child in question. Visitation schedules can also be created in relation to this. In an ideal world, parents will come to a mutual agreement in regard to the visitation schedule, but if this cannot be defined, then the judge will decide on one on their behalf.

If you have any questions or concerns about child conservatorships in Texas, it is best to speak with a trusted legal advisor.

Source: FindLaw, "Child Custody in Texas," accessed Sep. 15, 2017

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