Joint Managing Conservators Law and Legal Definition

Joint managing conservators refer to parents appointed by agreement or by court order who share the rights, powers and privileges and have court-ordered periods of possession of the children in custody matters. The title Joint managing conservators do not mean equal periods of possession or equal rights are granted to them. Usually, one of the parents is appointed as the primary managing conservator. The child may live primarily with this parent, who has the day-to-day responsibility for caring for the child. The primary managing conservator usually receives child support from the other parent. Either father or mother can be appointed as primary joint managing conservators. The court will appoint the parents as joint conservators only if the appointment is in the best interest of the child.