Standard Visitation in Texas for April

This month is April…what do we have on tap for Texas standard visitation?

Weekends

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.

Thursdays

For Thursdays (or Wednesdays in older orders).  You should have every one this month. those being April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.

Holidays

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.

Important Dates

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.

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7 Responses to Standard Visitation in Texas for April

  1. Gilbert Gonzales April 16, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    My court order is standard. I am a custodial parent and I gave written notice to non custodial parent of my dedicated weekend for the month of July on April 5th. She dropped off a letter to me today, April 16th, stating that the weekend I chose is unavailable and that I need to choose a different weekend. Can she do this? How does this affect me more since it is after April 15th?

  2. Gilbert Gonzales April 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Sorry auto correct
    Designated*
    Now not more*

  3. Chris Schmiedeke April 23, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    If you are under a standard possession order and designated your weekend within her extended summer possession, then she cannot change the weekend, just as you could not change any dates that she were to designate.

  4. Christopher Nahodyl June 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    I am the non custodial parent and will have my children July 1st through July 31st. They are 13 (female) and 11 (male) my wife and I reside in a one bedroom apartment. My ex-wife (the children’s mother) sent an email saying if I want my children for the month of July I need to hurry up and rent a 2 bedroom. This is not an option. My wife and I have twin inflatable mattress’s we set up for the children to sleep on in our living room area during visitation. Does this sleeping arrangement prevent me from having my children during July? If so, what are my options for sleeping arrangement’s for the children in our one bedroom apartment?

  5. Chris Schmiedeke June 5, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    No. Only the court can take away your access. If the mother does not like the arrangement, she should have filed a motion with the court to modify it. Good luck.

  6. Rehanna April 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    I am the custodial parent with a Standard Agreement. I received a letter on April 3rd from the NCP (Lives more than 100 miles away) stating his intent to take possession of our daughter the day after school lets out. Since I did not receive the notice in the mail until the 3rd (day it was delivered) do i have to allow him to take her? The letter was postmarked for April 1st. Does the Post mark contribute or the actual delivery date?

  7. Chris Schmiedeke April 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Your decree should answer that questions. Read it carefully. Typically there is a provision that states that notice is considered given whenever it is postmarked. Look in your decree for that language.

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