This month is April…what do we have on tap for Texas standard visitation?
Your standard possession weekends for April are Friday, April 4, 2014 (1st Friday) and Friday, April 18, 2014 (3rd Friday). Remember from earlier posts that the weekends are measured by Fridays.
If you look at a monthly calendar, find the column for Fridays. Find the first Friday in that column. That is the first standard visitation weekend under a Texas standard possession order. Then find the third Friday in that column and maybe even a 5th Friday in that column. There you have it, a standard visitation order as it applies to weekends.
For Thursdays (or Wednesdays in older orders). You should have every one this month. those being April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.
If your children are out on Friday or Monday for the Easter weekend, then the provisions dealing with a long weekend will be in effect as Easter falls on the third weekend of the month. This means that if your child is out on Good Friday, then the visit which normally would have started on Friday, will now begin at the same time on Thursday. If they are out Monday, your visit will extend to Monday evening from Sunday evening (assuming your visits end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday) or return to school on Tuesday if your visits end when school resumes on Monday.
Remember that April 1st of a year is the deadline to pick your extended summer visitation. If you do not meet the deadline, then it automatically defaults to July 1st to July 31st.
If you are the custodial parent, meaning that you determine the residence of the child and the other parent exercises visitation, then you have until April 15th to designate one weekend inside the above extended summer visitation. This weekend is typically 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
For instance, if the visiting parent did not designate, we know they get July 1st to July 31st. You can designate one weekend in the month of July for visitation. If they did designate, then you have to pick a weekend inside that designated time.
Other than this, I do not see anything that jumps out at me for an April standard visitation order in Texas. As I always say, READ YOUR ORDER. Nothing I post here has any relevance if your order is different from the Texas standard possession order. When in doubt, contact a local attorney to understand your rights and duties.