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Are the Texas child custody laws flexible?

In Texas, child custody is known as conservatorship, and visitation is called possession and access. While the courts have guidelines for both custody and visitation, they know that each family has unique dynamics. For that reason, child custody is flexible, and each set of parents may find a way to fit conservatorship into their lifestyles.

Child custody can be awarded to both parents, namely joint conservatorship, or under certain circumstances, to one parent only -- sole conservatorship. Parents can have joint managing conservatorship, namely joint legal custody, under which both parents will share decision making and have an equal say in important matters. In sole conservatorship, only that parent will make decisions. These important matters typically include decisions about education, religion and medical issues.

Joint conservatorship is favored by most family courts. In most cases, it is in the best interests of children to maintain loving relationships with both parents. After a divorce, the two parents will be ex-spouses, but they can never be ex-parents, and that is something to be cherished.

Child custody -- or conservatorship -- issues can become contentious and may be best resolved with the help of an experienced child custody attorney. A skilled lawyer will take the time to get familiar with the circumstances of the individual client and discuss potential solutions. Mediation may bring resolve, but if it is necessary, an attorney will provide guidance and support during litigation in pursuing an outcome that will be in the best interests of the children while also accommodating the schedules of the parents.

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