If you are contemplating divorce, or need a court order for possession and access, the first issue you may be worried about is your kids. What is the best way to divide time between parents that separate? How can a parent legally force the other parent to abide by the time split? This is where a possession order comes into play.
This order states when each parent has the right to time with their child.
Parents can agree to any schedule that works for both of them, but if they do not agree, then they must follow the standard possession order. In Texas, the law presumes that the Standard Possession Order (SPO) is in the best interest of a child over the age of 3. The standard possession order details the specific visitation arrangement between parents, sets out the time schedule for the year, and even details how and where the children will be exchanged before and after the visits.
If the parents live less than 100 miles from each other, the standard possession order gives the children to one parent under the following conditions:
This changes if the parents live more than 100 miles from each other, and it is important to consult with and have on your side, an experienced family law attorney to help guide you to the right schedule for your children.
If you are thinking of divorce, or need a possession and access order for your children, consider contacting an expert family law and divorce attorney.
While a Standard Possession Order is presumed in the best interest of the children, most of the time, upon request, a Standard Possession Order can be lengthened into an Expanded Standard Possession Order.
What does an Expanded Standard Possession Order look like?
During the school year, the Thursday night visitations from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. are expanded to become Thursday overnight visits. And instead of starting at 6:00 P.M., they will begin at the tie the children are released from school.
Also, on the first, third, and fifth weekends, instead of returning the children on Sunday at 6:00 P.M., the possession period extends so that the children are returned to school on Monday morning.
There are also expanded visitation periods in the summer months and during the holidays. It is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney to ensure you are getting the most visitation possible out of your child custody order.
Wherever you find yourself in the process, the family law attorneys at Spurlock & Associates, P.C. can assist you with all of your family law needs. Our licensed family law attorneys can help you craft a possession schedule that works for you, or help you get the Expanded Standard Possession Order you desire.