Conservatorship Differences in Texas

Before we get too far into the differences between joint managing conservatorship and sole managing conservatorship, we should address why it is called conservatorship and not custody in the first place. Texas State legislators wanted to promote the idea that children are not to be seen similarly as property in a divorce. The general consensus was that custody sounded like something you would say about something you owned, and that conservatorship should be used when speaking about someone you would raise and protect. Children are both family members and responsibilities, after all.

A parent with conservatorship has the right to “manage” major life decisions of their child, or any minor they have conservatorship over. This implies that any choices requiring serious thought or with possible lifelong repercussions will be made by a well-informed adult.

To name a few of the things a conservator may manage for a child:

  • Education
  • Medical or psychiatric care
  • Religious upbringing
  • Finances
  • Employment opportunities, when legal
  • Consent to marry or enlist in the military

Sole and Joint Managing Conservatorship

The differences between sole managing conservatorship and joint managing conservatorship seem pretty obvious on the surface. By definition, a sole conservator will be able to manage all of the aforementioned life decisions and more, and joint conservators share those rights together – each person has a say. In most cases, the only way a parent will lose the right to joint conservatorship by default would be if they have a history of domestic violence against the child or the other spouse.

If two ex-spouses have a say in how their children will be raised, does that mean that there will be too many chefs in the kitchen, so to speak? In some situations, yes, it can become difficult for people who may prefer to never see one another again to raise a child together. When a family law dispute arises, legalities might be necessary to set things straight.

If you live in Texas and need help with a disagreement between you and your ex-spouse in regards to child conservatorship, you should get our Fort Worth divorce attorneys from Favila Terry Law, PLLC on your side as soon as possible. You do not want to gamble with your child’s future. Call 817.757.4188 to request a consultation today.