When a divorce involves minor children, as many do, most of the issues that must be resolved and the decisions that must be made will impact those children in one way or another. Even the division of assets and debts will impact the children as it will likely change the financial picture for both parents post-divorce. One issue that directly and significantly impacts the children, however, is possession and access. In the State of Texas, the terms “custody” and “visitation” are not found within the law. Instead, the term “conservatorship” is used to refer to the relationship between a primary parent and the minor child, while the term “possession and access,” is associated with the concept of visitation. If you appear to be heading toward divorce, or have already started the process, you need to have a thorough understanding of possession and access. Because every situation is unique, it is imperative that you consult directly with an experienced attorney about specific questions or concerns you may have. In the meantime, a Plano father’s rights lawyer explains some possession and access basics.
Texas Family Law Basics – Decision-Making Policies
The Texas Family Code Section 153.001 et seq. governs conservatorship, possession and access within a divorce. Anytime a decision must be made that will impact a minor child, the decision must be made in accordance with the state’s policies. With regard to the parent-child relationship following a divorce, that section makes it very clear that the policy of the State of Texas is to: