One of the questions many parents have during a
divorce or after they separate from the other parent involves what kind of visitation
they or the other parent will have.
Most of the time in divorce and paternity cases the Court will order that
parents to be governed by a
Texas Standard Possession Order.
Under The Family Code in Texas the default visitation Order is what is
called a Texas Standard Possession Order (SPO). This Order goes into a
lot of detail regarding:
Visitation Begins and Ends
- Pickups and drop offs for children
- Who gets the children on what holidays
- Who gets the children on birthdays
- Who other than a parent is allowed to pick up the children
Texas Standard Possession Order is 10 pages or more in length. There are different elections or provisions
that parents can make which means depending on the circumstances or requests
by Parents a
Texas Standard Possession Order for one family make look a little different than that of another family.
However, in general the following or provisions you will see in most
Texas Standard Possession Orders:
The Court will Order the “Possessory Conservator” (parent who
has right to visitation with the children) weekend visitation beginning
on the first, third, and fifth Fridays of each month.
This visitation begins at 6:00 p.m. The visitation at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Elections that can be made in regard to weekend visitation is that the
parent picks up the children from school on Friday and then instead of
dropping of the child on Sunday at 6:00 the child is returned to school
Some parents make this election because they can have more time with their
child. It also allows them to have less interaction with the other parent.
Another important thing to note is that under this Order exercising visitation
on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekends of the month is not the same thing as
every other weekend. This is because not every month has a 5th weekend.
In the months where there is a 5th weekend then the parent exercising
standard possession will have two consecutive weekends of visitation because
the week after the 5th weekend will be the 1st weekend of the month.
Weekday and Thursday Visitation
During the regular school term, the Possessory Conservator also has visitation
every Thursday, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday until 8:00 p.m. on
The parent can also make the election that Thursday visitation begins when
the school is dismissed on Thursday and to ends when school begins on Friday.
If this election is made the Possessory Conservator will have at least
one night per weekend and if they made the weekend election they will
have an even longer weekend period of possession.
It is important to note that Thursday periods of visitation are only exercised
during the regular school term. During the regular school term Thursday
visitation is available every week. Weekend periods of possession are
throughout the year.
In my next article I will discuss holiday possession under a
Texas Standard Possession Order.
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