Where and how your child will be educated is a very important topic, and one that becomes more complex if co-parents have differing opinions.

The legal right for co-parents to make decisions about their children’s education is determined by conservatorship, which also covers other important decisions, such as those regarding invasive medical treatment and psychological treatment.

Conservatorship is an important aspect of child custody that is often overlooked or forgotten by parents. When navigating split custody of a child or children, many parents focus on visitation and child support. Their immediate concern is often what they will pay or receive in child support and how visitation will be determined.

Ideally, co-parents are able to work together to determine the best decisions for their children regarding healthcare and education. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes conservatorships are structured in a way that gives one parent the authority to make a decision if both parents can’t agree. In practice, this could look like one parent independently or exclusively making the decision.

In such cases, the parent who doesn’t make the final decision may desire more influence over their child’s future, and in such cases, they should speak with an attorney about options. There are some creative ways to work around this problem so that a parent can remain a big part of their child’s life.

At Sandoval Law Firm we understand the stress of dealing with divorce, child custody and domestic violence. Our firm consists of founding attorney Raul Sandoval Jr. and a dedicated support staff. Mr. Sandoval earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. Since that time, he has been practicing family law in the Austin area, as well as teaching seminars, classes and other forms of professional development.