Texas Standard Possession Order for October 2015

Welcome to October!  Fall is here, sort of.  A quick post here on the relevant dates for the Texas Standard Possession Order:

Weekend visits this month:

  • Friday, October 2 (1st)
  • Friday, October 16 (3rd)
  • Friday, October 30 ((5th) yes there are three weekends this month under the Texas standard possession order)).
  • Note, since there is a 5th weekend this month, there will be two weekend possession in a row because Friday, November 6 will be the first visit in November.

Thursday visits this month (or Wednesday for older orders):

  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 22
  • October 29

Other relevant dates for a Texas standard possession order this month:

  • This month we have Halloween.  Some orders include halloween.  This will be the noncustodial parents holiday this year unless you have specific orders as to Halloween or you reach written agreements with the other parent.

As always, be sure to read your order beginning to end.  Make sure you understand EVERY PROVISION in there.  If you do not, or you have any questions about one, find a local lawyer to review it for you.

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10 Responses to Texas Standard Possession Order for October 2015

  1. Nathan November 20, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    If my ex wife now wishes to give up joint custody and give me sole custody. Is there a way to do this outside of court?

  2. Chris Schmiedeke December 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    Of course, she just gives you the child and the child lives with you. However, that creates major problems. One, you are still (i assume) obligated by your order to pay child support. That does not go away. Second, if she changes her mind down the road, the Court order would still say she was the custodial parent.

    I would think that if this were to take place you would want the peace of mind knowing that you had a valid order backing you up. You have to go to Court to change the order. It can be done pretty cheap and easy. I think you should look for an attorney that could do it for you for a small flat fee.

  3. Tidra December 4, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    Hello, I was court order in November to do supervised visitation with my child’s father. Our first day of visitation is tomorrow. I asked him to come alone for the visit so not to bombard my daughter. He stated he was bringing his mother. My daughter is ten months and has not interacted with her father since she was about 3 months. She has never met his mother. I told him I was only court ordered to do visitation with him and no one else. We are meeting in a public place. I know I cannot stop his mother for being in the public place, but can she visit with my daughter during his supervised timeframes if I do not want her there?

  4. Chris Schmiedeke December 7, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    It sounds as if you need the court to lay out exactly who can and cannot be present at the visits. Speak to your lawyer about these issues. If you do not have a lawyer, you may want to think about getting one so that you make the proper choices.

  5. Leighann December 17, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    School is let out on Friday but this year is moms year for Christmas . Does dad get child Thursday for his weekend until
    Sunday or he has to return child Friday by 6? It’s dads weekend according to weeks 1 3 or 5 but when is Christmas . Child is three and using school district child lives in with mom.

  6. Chris Schmiedeke December 21, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    Holiday visits trump weekend visits in a standard possession order in Texas. The second that a holiday visit starts, all other standard weekends, etc… halt. In your scenario, the Thursday visit would take place, but the weekend would not as it is the beginning of the holiday possession.

  7. Anonymous February 2, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    My ex-husband had my current husband’s name removed from my children’s school information. Can he do that? While my current husband is only a step-parent, I am the custodial parent (we have joint custody) and obviously, my current husband and I reside together. I am having ongoing issues with the school – too many to list here. I am in desperate need of familiarizing myself with legalities of my situation. Thank you.

  8. Pedro March 10, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    I recently received full custody of my daughter, her mother now resides in Dallas and we live in Austin. Court orders don’t specify but who is responsible for pick up and drop off of my daughter

  9. Chris Schmiedeke March 22, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    Whatever your order says. If it doesn’t say, then you need to fix your order.

  10. Sherri Stewart April 14, 2016 at 12:39 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I am going back a bit to December 2015. I love your verbiage for the holidays “trumping” the 1,3,5 designation. I do not know if it is the word “notwithstanding” that confuses the NCP, however from reading your blog, comments, and my experience, I can tell it is confusing. Here is my question:

    IN December 2015, the NCP had possession from noon Dec 28th, returning the child at 6pm on the night before school resumes which in plano ISD was January 4 (this is in the order.).

    The NCP, as is a pattern, stated she would not return the child due to the fact that at 6pm on Sunday January 3, Her possession for the 5th WEEKEND magically resumed and she would keep the child until school resumed the next day, which she did.

    What is even worse, her attorney, with a prominent firm in this area, sent a letter stating she was right. This is her 3rd attorney and they have all allowed her to continue this pattern as she looks to them as validators. She is clearly wrong, and she has done the same thing on Thanksgiving, on Spring Break etc.
    How is that advocacy? To encourage a clear violation of the order!! Not to mention unethical!!!It

    Is enforcement the only way to stop this insanity? Possession and access violations can be enforced until 6 months post age 18 correct? Thanks

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