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April 10, 2018

What is conservatorship (custody)? What types are there?

In Texas, custody is called “conservatorship.”  Conservatorship is used to describe the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent.  A judge may give conservatorship to one or both parents.  A judge can grant:

Generally, conservatorship (custody) includes the right to:

  • get information from the other parent of the child about the health, education, and welfare of the child;
  • have access to medical, dental, psychological, and educational records of the child;
  • talk to a physician, dentist, or psychologist about the child;
  • talk to school officials concerning the child's welfare and educational status, including school activities; and
  • consent to medical, dental, and surgical treatment during an emergency involving an immediate danger to the health and safety of the child.**

* Tex. Fam. Code §153.005(a)
** Tex. Fam. Code § 153.073(a)