Can custodial parent enroll child in a different school district?


My ex-wife is the custodial parent. I have joint custody, but kids live with her primarily. Can she change where they go to school without consulting me and without my approval?


Texas has adopted presumptive Joint Managing Conservatorship. This means that a court is required to appoint both parents as joint managing conservators unless it finds that the appointment would significantly impair the child’s physical health or emotional development.

As joint managing conservators, both parents hold the authority to manage the schooling and educational decisions of the child. However, to know what joint managing conservatorship will mean to you, you must look to the court order itself where the powers and duties of each parent are defined.

The rights most often at issue are the rights to make educational and medical decisions. The court can award these powers to one parent or to both parents. If a power is awarded to both parents, the court will specify if these rights are to be exercised independently or jointly.

I recommend seeking further legal advice. Cordell & Cordell has attorneys licensed and located in Texas who can provide a more in-depth analysis of your current situation.


Erin E. Clark is an Associate Attorney in the Fort Worth, Texas office of Cordell & Cordell where she practices domestic relations exclusively. Ms. Clark is licensed to practice in the states of Texas, Kansas and Missouri. Ms. Clark received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, cum laude, from Texas Christian University. She later received her Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University School of law, where she was an active member of the Law Review.

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2 comments on “Can custodial parent enroll child in a different school district?

    Me and my husband has been married for 11 years and we have two children now boy and a girl my husband put in for an divorce without talking to me and after i received the paper work from the court i got a attorney my husband told his attorney i cheated on him i didnt cheat on him i never cheated on him iam a stay at home mom before i stop work i talked to him about stoping and he said ok i went to my sister and mommy job and at the time they clean up apt it was alot of women and men outside and i said hello my name is sherry landers later that day on messagers i got a text saying hello i text back and said hello i said i remember him from the apt so i talk to him he told me he was marraied and had four children and i said iam also married and i have nine children i have four babies and the rest of them are grown up we was talking and he said when iam going to get to see you again i said to him iam use to doing the same thing everyday and thats getting my kids from school they got out of school at 2:30pm everyday but iam at the school at 1:00pm just waiting for them and the teacher s to bring them outside to me iam never late to get them and when i get them i got home and if they got homework they do it i always cook dinner for us at home jeremy always get to the house about 6pm or if he late he call me and say he say something like its going to be dark when i get there that was cool he was working for us if i called him and say i need gas or iam taking the kids somewhere he would sent me money to do so i told him i want my children and childsupport for them he told me no he isnt paying childsupport to me we also have a house and the fur in it there was a dog and boat and tailer and fourwheeler two trucks a car he went and got and told me to drive it he said i was doing to much and the 2017 toy i had he was taking it back to get him a truck for him i have been threw alot in this marriage and with other women also i have been to new mexico with him while he was in the army he is right i cant take our marriage anymore the children went to Florida with him and his father and his sister in law and the granddaddy girlfriend and some other the girl our kids never saw by the way my husband didnt want me to go on the trip and i ask the grandfather he told me that it was jeremy he talk to him but he is grown my son and daughter told me when they got back he sleep upsteps with the girl and they sleep down the stairs with the sister in law grandfather sleep with his girlfriend and the only time she didn’t dleep with him he was druck..fed up

    I’ve been married for 6 months my husband moved into my home. He makes 50,000 I make 94,000. How long can he stay in the home after I ask him to leave and can he get alimony after 6 months.i live in nys.

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