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Navigating child custody and visitation issues is often one of the most challenging aspects of divorce. In cases where couples have children, reaching a consensus on these matters can be difficult. Texas law intervenes in parenting time decisions, advocating for children to maintain “frequent and continuing” contact with both parents, provided they act in the child’s best interests and ensure a safe environment.
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- Texas Divorce and Virtual Parenting or Electronic Access to Children
- A Divorced Parent’s Guide to Summer Visitation in Texas
- The Texas Standard Possession Order
Possession Orders in Texas
Most custody orders include a standard possession order (SPO), outlining each parent’s time with their child. In Texas, parenting time is referred to as “access and possession.” ‘Possession’ means physical time spent with the child, while ‘access’ involves other forms of interaction like phone calls, texts, or attending extracurricular activities. The SPO details the basic visitation schedule, holiday arrangements, and special rules for parents living more than 100 miles apart.The SPO, therefore, sets the terms of basic visitation the noncustodial parent has with the child. It will also set the terms for how the exchanges of the child will take place, where the child will spend the holidays, and will hold special rules for parents who live more than 100 miles apart.
The guidelines for parenting time are often at the discretion of the judge, who focuses on the child’s best interests. For children under 3, the Texas Family Code grants the court authority to determine what is appropriate, without rigidly defining specific dates and times.
Consultation for Parenting Time Issues
If you’re struggling with the terms of your parenting time, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experienced family law attorneys at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC in Dallas, TX, are adept at handling complex family law matters. We understand the emotional toll these situations can take and are here to support you, whether you’re seeking more parenting time or need to modify existing arrangements post-divorce.