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What if I want joint custody of my child?

No matter if you are establishing custody arrangements with your child’s other parent for the first time, or are attempting to have your child custody agreement modified, it is important to be aware of some of the factors that may be taken into consideration by the Texas family court system. It’s also helpful to know what your parental responsibilities may be if and when you are awarded joint custody of your child.

Women’sLaw.org discusses what joint managing conservatorship (a.k.a. joint custody) is and how it is determined in the state of Texas. Legal JMC assigns parental duties and rights to both parents, and can be established through a court order or the agreement of both parents. In the event that you petition for joint custody, a Texas family law judge may ultimately decide whether or not JMC serves in the best interest of your child.

A family law judge typically takes several factors into consideration when determining joint custody arrangements. Factors may include but are not limited to whether you:

  • Would have a positive impact on your child’s emotional, psychological and physical well-being by having joint custody.
  • Played an active role in your child’s life prior to seeking joint custody.
  • Are able to work with your child’s other parent to act in his or her best interest.

If and when you are awarded joint custody by a family law judge, he or she will then specify your rights and responsibilities to your child. It’s important to note that even if you are awarded joint custody, your child’s other parent may still be granted the right to make some parental decisions exclusively. Also, JMC does not necessarily play a role in visitation arrangements. The information provided is not intended as legal advice.

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