March is quickly approaching, what do we have on tap in March under a Texas standard visitation order?
The non-custodial parent will have the right to visitation on the weekend of the 21st of March, which is the 3rd Friday of the month. We know from previous posts that weekends are measured by Fridays in Texas and those Fridays are the 1, 3 and 5th Friday of the month.
You may be asking yourself, where is the 1st Friday of the month? That is a great questions. If you remember, holiday visits in Texas are superior to weekend or midweek visits. The 1st Friday in the month of March is the 7th. If this date is your child’s Spring Break, then you are getting Spring Break already and are not concerned with the weekend visit.
However, if your child’s Spring Break is the following week, you would get the child on the 7th of March (1st Friday of the month), keep the child the following week (spring break) and return the child at the time designated in your order the following Sunday. You will also get the 21st (3rd Friday).
So if my math is correct, and your child has Spring Break the week of March 10th, then under the Texas standard possession order, you are getting three weekends in a row. That doesn’t sound to bad for the non-custodial parent, however, for the custodial parent that does not work out to well.
This is a situation where the standard visitation order gets a little clunky, but there is no way around it because there has to be some consistent dates for holidays.
You will get every Thursday (or Wednesdays in older orders) this month. Of course one of those is actually your holiday visit, and the others are you standard visitation, during the school term, visits.
Hope that helps! Talk to you soon.