In the state of Texas, many parents agree to a Standard Possession Order or an Expanded Standard Possession Order for child visitation. With both of these orders, the noncustodial parent is entitled to 30 days during the summer if the child lives within 100 miles. If the child and noncustodial parent live more than 100 miles apart, that time is extended to 42 days. In both instances, it is best for co-parents to make a plan for summer vacation in advance to help make all transitions as smooth as possible. This may be less of an issue if you have developed your own child custody and visitation agreement, but even in those cases it can be helpful to create an outline of summer plans, allowing both families to make the most of their time together.
As a general rule, working cooperatively is best. Children’s schedules are often busy during the summer. Remaining flexible while honoring the child’s activities and commitments is ideal and will be less disruptive to both established routines and the child’s quality of life. However, these issues can become contentious and, when disagreement becomes unavoidable, following your visitation order to the letter may be the least combative option for the parents. This is a balance co-parents must achieve to help make summer vacation enjoyable for their children. It is, sadly, also not always possible.
If you are having problems with your existing child visitation schedule or need help in crafting one that will be of most benefit to all involved, Houston family law attorneyYasmin Kutty can help. Please contact Attorney Kutty online or by calling (713) 955-7477 to schedule a consultation and learn more.