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What is Joint Custody?

Joint Custody

Texas courts and the Texas Family Code promote joint custody.  But what does Joint custody Really Mean?   It means both parents enjoy access to and possession of the child.  Quite simply — a healthy amount of time with the child plus the ability to decide.  The goal remains that divorced parents work together to make important decisions.  The Texas Family Code calls a parent who granted time and decision making power regarding their child a “conservator.”

Texas Family Code, Title 5 §153.001 promotes the following concepts:
joint custody
  1. Children will have frequent and continuing contact with parents who act in the children’s best interest;
  2. Parents must provide a safe, stable, and nonviolent environment for the child; and
  3. Parents must work to share the rights and duties of raising children after a marriage ends.

While Texas promotes joint custody, in the final analysis, “the best interest of the child shall always be the primary consideration of the court in determining the issues of conservatorship and possession of and access to the child.”

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