When a divorce involves minor children, it is fairly common for issues involving those children to crop up long after the divorce is final. If the primary custodial parent, referred to as the “managing conservator” in Texas, wants to move with the children, for example, it often requires the parties to return to court to modify the original divorce decree. Whether you are the parent who wishes to move, or you want to prohibit a move, you need to understand how the law views child relocations. To get you started, a Frisco child custody lawyer explains the Texas relocation rules and procedures.
Texas Conservatorship Basics
When the parents of a minor child decide to end their marriage, one of the most important issues in the divorce is custody of the children. In the State of Texas, the term custody is not actually used. Instead, the term “conservatorship” is used to refer to the right of a parent to make important decisions regarding the child. A parent may be granted “Sole Managing Conservatorship” or a child or “Joint Managing Conservatorship.” If you are the Sole Managing Conservator, you alone make decisions regarding your child. Courts, however, frown on granting one parent sole conservatorship absent a very good reason. It is much more common for both parents to be Joint Conservators, meaning both parents have the legal right to input regarding important decisions relating to the children.