The custody of your child is a delicate and paramount subject that will greatly affect the lives of each member of your family. At Foster Law Firm, your child’s best interest is always our main concern, and we know you want to ensure a great future for your child. With decades of experience in child custody arrangements, our lawyers can confidently guide you through the journey ahead. Our team of attorneys includes Board Certification in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, attesting to our exceptional knowledge in this field.

Foster Law Firm in Child Custody Cases

In the State of Texas, the conservator may be granted sole custody of a child, known as a Sole Managing Conservator, or both parents may maintain joint custody, known as Joint Managing Conservatorship. Gaining custody of a child can be arduous endeavor, which is why we handle all legal aspects of the case. We understand how emotionally draining a child custody case can be, and we work diligently to effectively pursue all details of your case with minimal strain on you and your family. You don’t have to go through this complex process alone when you choose Foster Law Firm.

Before filing for child custody, it is essential to be educated on the subject. Consulting a family law attorney is often the most thorough way to answer your questions and explain the details, but we have provided some basic explanations here for your benefit.

Conservatorship in Texas

In Texas child custody cases, conservatorship refers to the legal authority on who can make decisions on behalf of the child such as which school the child will attend, what form of religious or non-religious upbringing the child will have, and non-emergency medical decisions. The most popular types of legal custody are:

  • Sole Managing Conservator: The parent who gains the role of Sole Managing Conservator of the child is the only person who has authority to make decisions on the child’s behalf. These rights and duties are spelled out in the order, but typically include the exclusive right to designate the residence of the child, educational decisions, medical decisions and right to receive child support. The other parent, the Possessory Conservator, still has rights while in possession, as well as any rights that the parties agree upon or the court orders. The Possessory Conservator also has visitation rights as agreed upon or ordered by the court.
  • Joint Managing Conservators: In Texas, both parents have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the child, which are listed in the order. The right to make decisions for the child can be joint or independent, whichever is agreed upon or ordered by the court. One party will typically still maintain the exclusive right to establish the primary residence of the child, although it is usually limited to a certain geographical area.

Primary Residence in Custody Cases

In Texas child custody cases, the primary residence refers to where the child or children will live for the majority of the time. The most common types of Primary Residence include:

  • Sole Managing Conservator: One party establishes the child’s primary residence without any restriction on where it is located.
  • Joint Managing Conservator: Also known as "shared custody" in Texas child custody cases, this is when the child or children’s primary residence is typically determined by one party, but it is limited to a specific geographical area. The other party will have a possession order during the times that they have the right to have the child.

Visitation Arrangements in Texas Child Custody Cases

Establishing the visitation rights and syncing schedules is another vital aspect of child custody arrangements in Texas child custody cases. There are many factors involved, and your Sugar Land attorney can ensure that your family has examined all related issues, in order to avoid complications or miscommunication in the future. You can rest assured that all details are arranged thoroughly with a team of experienced child custody attorneys on your side.

Your Sugar Land Child Custody Attorney

By consulting a child custody lawyer with years of experience in Fort Bend County courts, you can approach this process with confidence. The Foster Law Firm thoroughly studies all details of each situation, and we tailor our efforts to meet your unique set of needs. To speak to an attorney, contact us today at 281-494-3156 or request a free consultation through our online form.