july and the Texas standard visitation order

July is upon us. Summer is here and so is the Texas heat! What important things do we need to remember for July and the Texas standard possession order?

If you are the parent who exercises standard visitation in Texas and you did not designate your thirty days for summer possession by April 1st, then you will have thirty days beginning July 1st and ending July 31st.  If you did designate your thirty day summer possession (and it was not July), then you will have your normal first, third and fifth weekend periods of possession which would be this weekend, the 16th, and the 30th.  Typically these possessions will begin on Friday, but check your order for the specific times.

If the other parent gave you notice by April 15th of a weekend they wanted inside of your thirty day Texas summer possession, then they will have the weekend designated.  If no notice was given, then you will have an uninterrupted thirty day visitation.

Also remember that with 14 days written notice, the non-visiting parent can designate a weekend outside your thirty day summer visitation period.  If you designated a time other than the month of July, this provision could come into effect this month.  This weekend is more fully discussed in the Texas summer possession section of this blog.

As always, check your specific order for the terms of your visitation.  This discussion simply involves a standard visitation order in Texas.  If there were any modifications to the standard language, you will find it in your order.  Pickup and drop off times can vary widely in order, while the underlying standard schedule remains in place.

If you have any general questions, you can comment on this post or email me at the email address to the right.

Have a fun summer, and spend lots of time with your kids.

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11 Responses to july and the Texas standard visitation order

  1. Michelle Adams August 2, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    Since July 31 was a Saturday on the fifth weekend, was it correct for me to keep my son until Sunday at 6pm? Thank you for your response.

  2. Chris Schmiedeke August 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    That is a good questions, and one I do not have the answer to. I can argue both sides. This appears to be an infrequent glitch in the family code and one I bet will be fixed. My best advise is to work with the other parent. If the other parent is mad about the extra day, maybe give them an extra somewhere to smooth it out. Bottom line, it is only a day.

  3. Samaria West June 8, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    What if no notice was given by either parent for summer possession but the non custodial parent picked the child up on the last day of school and will keep the child for 30 days. Will the non custidial parent be entitled to the July 1st possession as well, even though they have already had 30 days uninterrupted visition for the summer?

  4. Chris Schmiedeke June 10, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Your order probably says that visitation can be as agreed between the parties. Absent agreement it is a standard possession order. If you agree for non-custodial to have for thirty days beginning after school lets out, then that is the thirty days. They would not then get July.

  5. diana July 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    We have a standard visitation order for our son in Texas. It was just drafted on April 15th of this year, so I did not have time to send him a written notice of wanting a weekend out of his thirty days. Today is July 1st which also falls on his normal weekend schedule. He took our son but told me nothing about keeping him for July or anything. Did he actually have to tell me before today wether or not he was taking him for all of July? Did I get my weekend skipped since I was unable to give him notice before April 15Th?

  6. Chris Schmiedeke July 12, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Diana, he does not have to give you notice of the thirty days. In fact that provision is there BECAUSE he did not give you notice of extended possession. Yes, unless arrangement were made in the order, you forfeit that weekend in his extended summer possession, however, you can get one of his other weekends in the summer with proper notice (14 days). Read your order for the provision that allows you to have a weekend that would otherwise be his.

  7. Lori July 22, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    What if no notice was given by April 1 AND they failed to show up on July 1 but are now saying they are coming today at 6 to get the child. Yet they haven’t been since March? Do I need to be there?

  8. Randy July 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I have my son for the 30 days summer possession. My ex requested her weekend during that time. Orders say she is to get him from me and return him to me at that same place. Does this place have to be my residence or can it be in a different place long as I tell her where he can be picked up and where to deliver him back to me?

  9. julie July 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    so here is my question, and it may be a bit confusing. so this year the 31 falls on a Friday but also it is the 5th week of the month can i still keep the kids until Sunday and also being that August 7 is the first week of the month would i still be able to pick them back up once again maybe I’m wrong some where along the lines but if you can help great =) thank you

  10. Chris Schmiedeke July 28, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    It is a matter of putting a timeline together. If the extended summer overlaps the weekend, then the weekend goes away. If the extended summer ends at 6:00 p.m. and your weekend visit begins at 6:00 p.m. then an argument can be made that the weekend is separate from the extended summer visit. As this decision could land you in Court, contact a local attorney so that they can review your order and confirm the dates.


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