Understanding Child Custody

There is a lot of misinformation out there about how child custody works in Texas, starting with the name. In Texas, child custody is called conservatorship, while visitation is referred to as possession and access. Understanding how these concepts work is an important first step toward achieving a positive outcome.

When you choose The Law Office of Natalie Gregg, we will take the time to educate you about the law and how it will affect your case. Our family law attorneys will use our decade plus of experience in these matters to offer you sound guidance and protect your relationship with your children.

What Is Conservatorship?

The word conservatorship is used to describe a parent's rights and responsibilities under the law, including those rights and responsibilities associated with the child's health and education.

There are two primary forms of conservatorship: joint managing conservatorship and sole managing conservatorship. The former is the most common. Under joint managing conservatorship, both parents will share the rights and responsibilities of raising the child. Sole managing conservatorship is when only one parent retains parental rights and responsibilities, and is typically reserved for extreme situations such as cases involving domestic violence, addiction issues or mental health issues.

What Is Possession And Access?

Possession and access refers to the time that a parent actually spends with the child. Schedules may be outlined in a standard possession order. Time with the children may be split in a variety of ways between the parents.

The Best Interest Of The Child

You will not find a judge who is pro dad or pro mom. Instead, Texas courts look to the best interests of the children. If you want to learn more about how mothers and fathers are treated in Texas courts, read Myths And Facts About Fathers' Rights and The Top Three Concerns Faced By Divorcing Moms.

All decisions hinge on doing what is in the best interest of the child. In most cases, that means arrangements that allow each parent continued involvement in raising the child.

Our lawyers will work hard to achieve the outcome that makes the most sense based on your situation. We have the knowledge and skill to handle the most challenging situations, including those involving mental health issues, or those in which Child Protective Services (CPS) is involved in the case. We are trial lawyers who know how to fight for what is most precious to you — your family.

Protect Your Relationship With Your Child

From our law office in Allen, we handle divorce and child custody for people throughout North Texas. Call 972-360-9727 or send us an email.