If you are going through a divorce in Texas and trying to work through the child custody process, it is wise to make sure that you slow down and really understand exactly how every aspect of it works. You’re going to be very emotionally invested, naturally, which can make you want to get through things as fast as possible, but this could cause you to overlook key elements.

For example, did you know that conservatorship and possession are two of the aspects to child custody that all parents should know about? These break down the rights and responsibilities involving your child into separate categories, and you — and your spouse — are going to have the ability to exercise these rights in a joint fashion in most cases.

To start with, let’s look at conservatorship. This is just the decision-making process. Where is the child going to go to school? Is he or she going to be brought up in a certain religion? What needs to be done to promote the child’s health and welfare? Each answer signifies a decision that has to be made about the upbringing that the child receives, and conservatorship is your right to make those decisions.

Next, let’s take a look at possession. As the name implies, this refers to where the child is going to live and which parent will be in charge. If you are going to have a joint possession agreement, it can also refer to when the child’s living situation will change — for example, perhaps he or she will spend every other weekend with you but live with your spouse most of the time.

If you want to learn more about this, our page on child custody may be able to provide the insight that you’ve been looking for.