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Does my 18 year old child still have to go with their other parent on the weekend for court ordered visitation in Texas?

When can my child choose?

A child is considered a legal adult in Texas once they turn 18 according to Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code - Section 129.001.

As a legal adult an 18 year old cannot be forced to visit with their parent if they do want to and can choose their own parenting time schedule.

There should also be language in a court order that also explains this.

It is usually in the following provisions:

  1. Definitions 1(a)(2) “In this Standard Possession Order "child" includes each child, whether one or more, who is a subject of this suit while that child is under the age of eighteen years and not otherwise emancipated.”
  2. General Terms (2) Duration “The periods of possession ordered above apply to the child the subject of this suit while that child is under the age of eighteen years and not otherwise emancipated.”

Can a parent be held in contempt if child does not go with other parent?

No, there should be language in a possession order in Texas that makes such as above that makes it clear that the visitation order ends after the child turns 18. This is true even when the child support part of the court order continues even though the child is 18.

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