When it comes to Child Custody Laws in Texas, determining the best interests of the child is the primary focus during a contested divorce. That means that when the court will consider evidence relating to a variety of factors including physical and emotional needs, especially in consideration of any past or potential physical and emotional danger. During these considerations, discussions of the stability of both parents homes, plans for the child, cooperation between parents, level of parenting skills, who the child’s primary caregiver will be and so on will be of great importance.
While in most states the legal rights and responsibilities that a parent owes to a child is called child custody, it is known as conservatorship in Texas. Parents are custodians, and the custodian of a child is known as the conservator. Unless both parents agree on a plan of custody, a family law court makes the final decision on the terms of the conservatorship.