Summer Visitation: Understanding the Texas Family Code
Summer is thankfully on its way, and while most parents look forward to more downtime with their children during the summer, this is often especially true for divorced parents. The fact is, however, that summer visitation schedules can be exceedingly complex – and confusing – due to several regulations that are unique to the Texas Family Code. When formulating your summer plans with your kids, there are several factors to keep in mind.
Conservatorship in Summary
Most divorced parents in Texas are joint managing conservators, which means that they both share in the rights and responsibilities of parenting their children, including determining and participating in the kids’ health care, education, and general welfare. In other words, the parents confer on these issues. Nevertheless, only one of you will likely determine the primary residence of your children. As such, the parent who provides the children with their primary home is the managing conservator, and the other parent is the possessory conservator. The parent with possessory conservatorship – who does not provide the children with their primary home – will have a visitation schedule with the kids that likely fits into one of several categories, including standard visitation, expanded visitation, or fifty-fifty possession.
It Is Complicated – But It Is Worth It
Optimizing your summer visitation schedule with your children can be complicated, but it is entirely worth it. If you are not the parent who provides your children with their primary home, you have until April 1 (unless otherwise designated in your decree) to provide your ex with written notice in the form of a letter or electronic communication regarding your chosen summer visitation schedule. To ensure that things go smoothly, keep a record of the written request and when it was sent. Further, do not send the written request via your children. If you miss this deadline and you have a standard visitation schedule, you will be allotted the entire month of July – beginning at 6:00 PM on July 1 and ending at 6:00 PM on July 31, as designated by statute. If you do not make changes to this schedule in writing before April 1, the only way to alter the dates is for you and your ex to come to a mutual agreement.
Texas Family Code and Standard Schedules
Things only get more complicated from here, and it is important to recognize that not all visitation schedules follow the standard schedule as outlined in the Texas Family Code. If you have questions about your summer visitation schedule or about visitation in general, an experienced Central Texas family law attorney can help.
If You Have Concerns about Your Summer Visitation Schedule, Consult with an Experienced Central Texas Family Law Attorney Today
Summer is coming, and you want to optimize the time you are able to spend with your children. The skilled family law attorneys at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas are here to help. For more information, please contact or call us at (254) 220-4225 today.