Custody of the children is one of the most litigated areas of family law. Most parents want to maintain their relationship with their children and are willing to do just about anything to protect that relationship. Issues of custody, possession, access, medical decisions and education are a few of the important issues in custody matters. The experience of Savage Law Firm, PLLC can help get the results you need
The Best Interest of the Child
The Courts are required to base their custody decisions on what they believe is in the best interests of the child. The “best interests of the child” will dictate everything, including your visitation rights, who will be the conservator of the child, the child’s living arrangements, and even child support.
“Joint managing conservator,” “sole managing conservator,” and “possessory conservators” are designations the family courts make that often describe the rights and duties of the person caring for the child. Most judges prefer to designate the natural mother or father as conservators. In fact, in Texas, it’s presumed that both parents should be designated as “joint managing conservators.” There are, however, exceptions. Many times judges find that it is in the best interest of the child to appoint a grandparent or other relative as conservator. Grandparent custody occurs quite frequently.
One of the most important issues in custody disputes is which conservator will be awarded “the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the child.” In other words, which home will be designated as the child’s home? This can impact other child custody decisions including visitation of, and access to, the child.
Call today to consult with the experienced legal team at The Savage Law Firm, PLLC and discuss your custody options.