Conservatorship is the legal term in the State of Texas for a type of legal custody arrangement over a child. It can be joint legal or physical custody where one parent has primary custody or managing conservatorship. It can also be a type of custody where one parent makes all decisions, and the other parent has standard or limited possession or access.
When parents are joint conservators, decision-making for the child must be designated. They can decide together, or one parent can have exclusive decision-making rights.
The person with the exclusive right to designate the child's primary residence will have the child at times specific times for holidays and for extended summer, and the rest of the time during periods not awarded to the noncustodial parent. The noncustodial parent is entitled to possession of the child only as provided for in an order, and will be ordered to pay child support.
In Texas, a Standard Possession Order (SPO) is a court-ordered visitation schedule that applies to parents who do not agree on a parenting plan or who cannot come up with one that the court approves. The SPO specifies the visitation rights of the noncustodial parent, which usually includes weekends on the first, third, and fifth of each month, alternating holidays, and extended summer visits.The Texas Family Code creates a presumption that this amount of possession by the noncustodial parent is in the child's best interest. Longino Law has unique experience what evidence is sufficient to rebut the presumption to argue that visitation should be less, or more, than what the Standard Possession Order would afford, as its founder, Tristan H. Longino, served as a presiding judge of the 245th Family District Court in Harris County, Texas, where he heard and ruled on these very types of disputes.
If there is a material and substantial change in circumstances that affects the child or the parent's ability to care for the child, a parent may file a child custody modification suit with the court to change the terms of conservatorship, possession and access, or child support.
Longino Law was founded by Tristan Longino, a Board Certified family lawyer and former presiding judge of the 245th Family District Court in Harris County, Texas. Our skilled child custody lawyers can help you navigate the complexities of family law and handle your child custody dispute. We take a compassionate approach to all cases we handle and strive to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome from your legal proceedings. Our attorneys have years of experience in resolving a variety of family law matters, including those related to child custody disputes.
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