It is not always necessary to go to Court to determine the best interest of a child. Parents can reach an agreement without Court intervention. However, if parents are unable to do so, the Court will make a decision on conservatorship, possession and access and child support.
It is presumed that both parents should be appointed as joint managing conservators of a child. A parent wishing to be named as a sole managing conservator must overcome the presumption that is set out in the Texas Family Code.
The Texas Family Code establishes guidelines for possession. However, nothing prevents parents from reaching an agreement on possession and access to the child that is in the best interest of the child. Circumstances may warrant a deviation from the standard possession order. As a result, tailoring a possession schedule that is workable for the parents and the child can be very beneficial to everyone.
Parents are required to provide for their children until the age of eighteen or graduation from high school, whichever occurs later. Parents can reach an agreement regarding who pays child support and how much should be paid. However, if parents are unable to reach an agreement, the Court will determine the amount of child support to be paid by a parent based on provisions set out in the Texas Family Code. Providing health insurance and dental insurance and paying for unreimbursed medical expenses is also an obligation of support by a parent.