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Understanding Visitations Rights in Texas

Child visitation is an issue which can negatively impact both parents and children in a divorce. If handled properly by a Dallas family law attorney and with the child's best interests in mind, you may be able to greatly lessen the negative impact on your child and yourself. Texas courts will usually base their decision on the child's best interest.

This means the following factors will be taken into account:

  • The child's age, gender, and physical health
  • The state of each parent physically and mentally
  • Either parent's financial status, whether or not they would be able to provide for the child
  • Lifestyle
  • The neighborhood and quality of schooling where either parent lives
  • What the child wants if he / she is over 12 years old
  • The emotional bond between the parents

The parent who is not given child custody will be given visitation rights. Visitation laws provide that the two parents have the right to work child visitation schedules on their own terms. If you would like to learn more about child visitation rights and how they apply to your child, our legal team is here to clarify all aspects of your case. We also assist clients looking to modify existing child visitation rights.

Visitation: Possession & Access

Texas does not use the term visitation, instead it referred to as "possession and access." Possession and access is defined as the right a parent has to have actual possession of their child on specific dates and at specific times.

Since parents know their children better than anyone, it is best for the parents to reach an agreement concerning the time that each parent will spend with the child; however, such agreements are subject to the approval of the judge who decides if they are in the best interests of the child. If parents are unable to reach an agreement, then the judge will decide for them.

Standard Possession Orders

Usually, a child will live the majority of the time with the parent who has the legal right to decide the child's place of residence. It is the court's intention to maintain a stable environment for the child and to encourage a continuous relationship with both parents. With that being said, there are guidelines for possession and access with each parent and the child. These guidelines provide for:

  • Weekends
  • Spring Break
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

The guidelines for possession times of the visiting parent are outlined in the "standard possession order," also known as the SPO. There are guidelines for possession and access for parents who live within 100 miles of each other and there is a separate set of guidelines for parties who live further away.

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