Following a divorce or non-marital split in Texas, courts generally prefer to award joint custody between parents. This is known as "joint managing conservatorship." This arrangement allows both parents a share in the responsibilities and rights over their child, although the division of duties may not be completely equal.
Divorce is not the end of family. Rather it is the beginning of a new type of parenting. This means that while you and your spouse will no longer be a legally married couple, both you and your spouse should continue to play active roles in your child or children's lives.
An especially controversial topic in family law today is parental alienation, which psychiatrists say can happen when one parent intentionally tries to poison the relationship between the child and the other parent.
Court-ordered child custody arrangements are supposed to remain in effect until the child becomes a legal adult. However, under certain circumstances, child custody orders can be modified, although no such request is automatically approved.
When we speak generally about child custody in Texas, the word "usually" is often used because every family situation is different.