october and the Texas standard visitation schedule

October is just around the corner so let’s review the Texas standard visitation schedule.  The weekends and Thursdays are pretty standard.

For weekends you will have the 7th and the 21st and the there will be 4 Thursday visits this month (or Wednesday for older orders).

There are two holidays this month we have to deal with.  The first is Columbus day.  This is a Monday holiday and falls on a standard visitation weekend (1st).  If your child has off for Columbus day, review your order as you will have an additional day.  If you normally return at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, then you will return at 6:00 p.m. on Monday.  If you return to school Monday then you will return to school Tuesday.  This is a pretty straight forward holiday.

Let’s talk about the bigger elephant in the room.  Halloween.  It falls on a Monday this year, and it is not a standard visitation order weekend (i.e. 1st, 3rd or 5th).  If you do not have  a special provision in your order for Halloween, then without an agreement, you will not get Halloween this year.  I would suggest working now on an agreement for that weekend.  Perhaps you could offer to give up one of your weekend nights in exchange for Halloween night.

If you reach agreements, get it in writing.

Have a good October!

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4 Responses to october and the Texas standard visitation schedule

  1. Andrea Arriaga October 7, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Just found your blog! So very helpful. Looking forward to your November blog because I’m confused on how it’s going to work this year as our daughter has the whole week of beginning Monday. I went back and read some of your history and archives and will be returning frequently as you might have already posted answers to questions that may arise. Also, if you haven’t already posted previously, any information on revising the standard orders and/or mediation and enforcing temporary orders would be helpful…dealing with a long drawn out process that seems to go nowhere, only benefits the mom not the dad and is just draining us of money rather then getting results…so frustrating…any advice is appreciated. Thanks for your time and dedication to helping us understand in plain normal terms our obligations, as all we want to do is follow the orders without fault.

    Andrea Arriaga (stepmom)
    Houston, Texas

  2. Chris Schmiedeke October 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Thanks for the compliments. I have posted on November before so there may be an answer in there for you. Just search “November”. Modification of orders begin with a Petition to Modify. That is for a final order. It sounds as if you are in a current lawsuit. I hope you have an attorney. If you do, you need to address specific questions to your attorney about modifying temporary orders, etc… Good luck and thank you for reading my ramblings.

  3. Wendell October 4, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    My daughter has school on Columbus day, unfortunately. Does that negate Monday being a possession day of any sort for me? I have expanded possession so I take her to school Monday morning.

  4. Chris Schmiedeke October 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    That is correct. If it is a school day then it is business as usual.

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