Child Custody & Visitation
In family law custody and visitation cases, the Judge's primary concern is the best interest of the child. In Texas, child custody is called "conservatorship." Instead of referring to a parent as a "custodian," Texas courts name a child's custodian as a "conservator." Conservatorship is the word used to describe the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent.
A family law judge will decide the terms of a conservatorship unless both parents can agree on a custody plan, then the court will just need to approve a written agreement.
The most important concern for the court in deciding on a
conservatorship plan is what is in best interest of the child.
There are two types of conservatorship in Texas:
Joint managing conservatorship (JMC)
Sole managing conservatorship (SMC)
In Texas, visitation is called possession and access to a child. A
parent can get possession and access, unless the judge determines
it is not in the best interests of the child and will endanger the
physical or emotional well-being of the child. The judge will create
a visitation schedule, called a standard possession order, using
certain guidelines. Parents can either agree on a schedule or the judge will order a schedule he or she thinks is appropriate.
After time and money spent in order to finalize your case, what happens if major changes occur in your life and the court order is no longer workable? Things such as job loss, visitation days and times no longer work, pay cuts. Raiford Law Firm can help. We will work to modify your court order so that it will work with your current conditions.