Possession and Access Orders

Possession and Access Orders (PAO) in Texas and the Role of Family Lawyers in Advocating for Parental Rights
In Texas, a Possession and Access Order (PAO) delineates the visitation rights of non-custodial parents regarding when, where, and how they can see their child. These orders can be either Standard PAOs, which follow prescribed visitation schedules outlined by law, or Non-standard PAOs, which accommodate unique circumstances. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, offers legal representation to parents seeking to protect their parental rights and ensure their involvement in their child’s life. Contact our experienced family law attorneys for a free consultation to discuss your situation and legal options regarding PAOs.
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Possession and Access Orders

What Is a Possession and Access Order?

In the state of Texas, a Possession and Access Order (PAO) is an order that outlines parents’ child visitation rights. This applies to the non-custodial parent and instructs them regarding how, when, and where they will see their child going forward.

There are 2 different kinds of PAOs, including:

  • Standard PAO: These involve visitation schedules that are dictated by law and involve the following normal parameters for parents:
    • Holiday visitation rotation (spring break, Christmas, birthdays, etc.)
    • 42 visits for non-custodial parents during summer months/school break
    • Restrictions and instructions regarding communication between the child and non-custodial parent
    • Visitation hours for parents whose homes are separated by less than 100 miles, which are the 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekends of every month, beginning at 6pm every Friday and ending at 6pm every Sunday
    • Visitation hours for parents who live more than 100 miles from each other, which permit the non-custodial parent to pick either the 1st, 3rd, or 5th weekend of each month, with the same time restrictions
    • Standard Thursday night visits from 6-8pm
  • Non-standard PAO: This is an agreement that references holidays, communication, etc. but exists to accommodate unique circumstances, distance, and other extenuating factors. These may be issued if parents attempt to negotiate their own arrangement but the judge does not perceive that their proposed arrangement would be beneficial to the child.

How a Family Lawyer Can Help with Position and Access Orders

Without an experienced legal representative there to fight for your parental rights, your ability to remain an active and involved parent could be strictly limited. Connect with an experienced attorney right away if you fear being unfairly cut off from your child or if you wish to change your current PAOs. Our team at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC is here to advocate for you, protect your rights, and help you get the
result you want and remain present in the life of your child.

Compelling and Effective Family Lawyers Serving Parents in Houston, TX

Our team at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC is here to serve you when your relationship with your child depends on it. We understand that your level of involvement in your child’s life is at stake, and we are prepared to be your voice during this time. Our Houston family law attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you make your visitation arrangement more desirable for you as a parent and more beneficial for your child.

Call (281) 810-9760 today or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation.

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