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Conservatorship #freebritney

So, in case you've been living under a rock, Britney Spears has quickly become the focus of media attention the past few months because of her battle with her family, father, and her own conservatorship. So today, we thought we'd do a quick dive into WHAT exactly a conservatorship is!

A conservatorship is the appointment of and recognition of a protector.

Conservatorship isn't always awarded to a parent, but in general someone who is a guardian to someone else.

Three types of conservatorship:

Managing conservator: this is someone that has the rights to all healthcare, the right to give and receive information regarding health, non invasive surgical, etc. One parent is usually made primary conservator, in this case.

Sole managing conservator: this form of conservatorship is granted to a single parent or guardian when the other has been involved in documented cases of abuse or family violence.This type of conservator has the right to make medical decisions.

According to Custody Xchange online, unless a court says otherwise, the sole managing conservator has the exclusive right to:

  • Choose the child's main residence (limited to a certain geographic area)

  • Make legal decisions for the child and represent him or her in legal action

  • Make decisions about the child's education

  • Consent to invasive medical treatment in a non-emergency for the child

  • Manage and use the services and earnings of the child

  • Consent to the child's marriage and to enlistment in the armed forces

Possessory conservator: this is usually awarded to the parent who is not the sole conservator. The possessory conservator actually has physical possession of the child or person in question. They have the right to time with the person/child and the right to receive information, pay child support, etc.

According to Custody Xchange online, a parent named possessory conservator shares with the managing conservator the rights to:

  • Receive information from any other conservator about the child's health, education or welfare

  • Confer with another conservator as much as possible before that conservator makes a decision about the child's health, education or welfare

  • Access the child's educational records, and consult with school officials about the child

  • Attend the child's school activities

  • Be listed as an emergency contact for the child

  • Manage the child's estate, if it was created by the parent or the parent's family

  • Access the child's medical records, and speak with medical professionals treating the child

  • When the parent has possession: Consent to non-invasive medical care (and invasive care, in emergencies)

  • When the parent has possession: Direct moral and religious training of the child

Also, check out our corresponding video series on this subject here:

So what are your thoughts on the #freebritney movement? Do you agree with her family? Or are you rooting for Britney to finally break free? Tell us below, or connect with us on our social media platforms! @ashmorelawfirm



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