Some Texas readers are familiar with the reality television show "Kate Plus 8" that airs on TLC. The show follows a mother and her eight children, including a set of twins and a set of sextuplets. It was previously called "Jon and Kate Plus 8," but when the parents divorced, the father moved out of the home and was no longer regularly featured on the show. The two went through a bitter and very public child custody battle at that time, which resulted in Kate Gosselin receiving primary physical custody of all eight kids and Jon receiving visitation rights.
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The legal term for joint child custody in Texas is a joint managing conservatorship. Texas courts work under the assumption that in most situations, it is in the best interest of the child that both parents be conservators. Sole managing conservatorship is generally reserved for situations where the other parent has a history of criminal activity, family violence or has previously had little to no contact with the child.
When parents live apart, it can be difficult for both of them to spend as much time with their child as they would like. Sometimes these parents barely speak at all, and one of them may not even have established visitation rights. This can be difficult for many parents and some will go to great lengths to see their child. Recently, in Texas, an eight-year-old girl was found with her father after disappearing from Ohio.