When you have a child and aren't with the child's other parent any longer, you will likely need to address child custody matters. In Texas, child custody is known as conservatorship. There are two ways that conservatorship can be established. The first is through a parenting plan that you and your child's other parent come up with and file with the court. The second is that the court makes the decision without having a parenting plan filed.
One of the points that must be addressed in the child custody case is whether one or both parents will have conservatorship. If both parents share custody, it is known as joint managing conservatorship.
There are several factors that have to be considered when you are dealing with a child custody issue in Texas. Your ability to work with your child's other parent is one of these factors. The court will determine if you and the child's other parent will be able to encourage a healthy relationship with each parent. Your ability to communicate with your ex is also considered.
Your child's needs are considered. This can include how each parent was involved in the child's life prior to the child custody case. It also includes your child's emotional, psychological and physical needs. Your child can also have a say in the child custody order in some cases.
You should make sure that you fully understand how any child custody decisions or orders will affect you. This is very important if you and your ex are filing a parenting plan with the court since you and your ex will make the plan together.
Source: FindLaw, "Texas Child Custody Laws," accessed June 16, 2016