Misconceptions in child custody & visitation are more common than you think. I often get inquiries from individuals who want "sole custody" of their children. Texas family law doesn't really provide for "sole custody" of children. It gives parents titles like Sole or Joint Managing Conservator and Possessory Conservator. With such a title, parents then receive rights and duties to their children under a court order. The most important rights are the right to establish the primary residence of the child, the right to receive child support and the right to primary possession of the child subject to the rights of the other parent under a possession order whether it's a Standard Possession Order or a custom possession order. If you need clarification about these misconceptions in child custody & visitation cases. talk to an experienced family law attorney.
The rights of a parent to a child may be exclusive rights, independent rights or joint rights depending on the particular right involved and the circumstances of the children. It sounds confusing, but remember, if you have (1) the right to establish the primary residence of the child, (2) the right to receive child support from the other parent, and (3) the right to primary possession subject to specific times of possession given the other parent, then you are in the driver's seat.