Guardianship is also called a conservatorship. In most cases, the need to establish a legally binding conservatorship is not needed. When parents are together, it is not required has they automatically accept this role and the child as their responsibility.

When is Conservatorship Needed?

The conservatorship may be needed for a variety of reason.  The child’s parent may no longer live together and be jointly making decisions for the child.  The parents of the child may no longer be able to care for the minor child requiring another adult is named conservator of the child.

However, the most common is when parents no longer live together.  Typically one parent is appointed as the managing conservator or possessory conservator of the child.  The person appointed as possessory conservator of the child is the person primarily responsible for determining major decision for the child, such as, where the child lives.


The need to establish conservatorship can happen for many reasons. It is important that both the conservator and the child is protected under this agreement. It is also important to make sure the terms of the agreement are followed. Legal representation can make sure that this happens without the emotions that can become involved. It is in the best interest of all parties to include proper legal help for conservator issues.

Referenced questions :

  • What does conservatorship mean?
  • What rights are covered by conservatorship?
  • What conservator rights does a non-custodial parent get?
  • What conservator rights does a custodial parent get?
  • What is joint conservator in Texas?
  • What are parental rights in Texas?
  • How can I terminate my parental rights?
  • How can I terminate the father’s parental rights?
  • Can I give up my parental rights?
  • Who decides what conservator rights each parent gets?
  • How do I know what conservator rights I have?
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