What does joint custody mean?

Under the Texas family code, joint custody is not a formal phrase that is used. We have ‘conservators’ and ‘conservatorship’, which refers to the decision making abilities, the rights and the duties of parents. The Texas family code also uses the terms ‘possession’ and ‘access’ when referring to the amount of time that the children will spend with each parent.

Even though people say they want joint custody, what they usually mean is that they want to be ‘joint managing conservators’. If parents want 50/50 division of time with their children, then they have to specifically establish a possession schedule that splits the time evenly.

Child custody and visitation agreements are often a challenging topic during the divorce process. That is why it is so important to make sure your family law attorney will be both thorough and assertive when supporting your rights. 

We explain more about the variety of issues that can come up when determining joint custody and visitation rights in this article.

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Kelly J. Capps is a knowledgeable family law attorney who works hard to find the best path forward for her clients and their families. Her goal in every child custody case is to resolve the situation in a way that promotes a positive parent-child relationship and preserves a working relationship with the other parent.


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