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:
- Medical or psychiatric care
- Religious upbringing
- 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
request a consultation today.