In Texas, the legal word for custody is conservatorship. When a judge orders conservatorship, the judge makes a court order. That court order lists the rights and duties of the people caring for the child. Once an order is signed by a judge, it is binding and enforceable, which means you are supposed to follow it, and the other party can take you back to court if you do not.
Child Custody & Visitation
Learn about Texas custody orders.
The Family Helpline created a video series to help you understand legal issues in family law and CPS cases.
This video explains what you can do if you think a child is not safe in their home.