Okay, we have a lot to talk about for the upcoming month of September and standard possession in Texas as it gets off to a tricky start.
The kids are back at school and we are entering our post summer routine. This would be a good time to review your Texas standard possession order and refresh your memory on its terms and perhaps mark your calendar for the upcoming visitation days and holidays.
Let’s begin with the end of August. There was a fifth Friday in August AND the weekend ends with a holiday (Labor Day). That means you will have the child from Friday, August 29th to Monday, September 1 under a standard possession order.
REFRESHER: We measure weekends under a standard possession order in Texas by Fridays. When you say you have the 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends, that means the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays.
So if you would normally return at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, you will now return at 6:00 p.m. on Monday. This is a good time to review your decree and understand the “Weekend Possession Extended by a Holiday” provision. For Monday holidays it reads as follows:
“Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Standard Possession Order, if a weekend period of possession by (the non-custodial parent) ends on or is immediately followed by a student holiday or a teacher in-service day that falls on a Monday during the regular school term, as determined by the school in which the child is enrolled, or a federal, state, or local holiday that falls on a Monday during the summer months when school is not in session, that weekend period of possession shall end at 6:00 p.m. on that Monday.”
The following weekend in September will be the 1st Friday of the month, or the 5th. You will have that weekend and the 19th as your weekend visits. You should have every Thursday this month unless of course you have an old order with Wednesdays.
Pretty standard stuff, yes? Have a good September!