Divorce in Texas can be a trying time especially for any children in the relationship. The state requires a custody order in place to determine when and for how long you get to see your children. The possession order provides visitation time for you to see your child when you are not the custodial parent.

Texas Access details the amount of time the non-custodial parent has with their children according to the standard possession order. Visitation with your children happens on the first, third and fifth weekends of every month and every Thursday evening for two hours. You can also see your children on alternating holidays. Summertime visitation of at least a month is common.

When you and your spouse cannot agree on a custody order, the standard possession order can step in and be the schedule. Many child support orders are part of the divorce decree finalized in the court. You may have a separate document depending on your unique situation.

Small children and a history of domestic violence could necessitate for the court to alter your possession order. In an ideal situation, you and your spouse could arrange a flexible agreement and work together to see the children. However, that is not always possible in every situation making the court order essential when disagreements arise around visitation.

The court determines custody arrangements for both access and possession in light of what is in the best interests of your child. This information is intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.