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Texas Standard Child Custody Agreement

Law about Texas visitation and custody schedules are found in Title 5 Chapter 153 of the Texas Family Code. Instead of using the terms custody and visitation, Texas uses the terms possession and access.

The access and possession schedule shows when each parent has time with the child. Ideally, both parents can make a schedule together and submit it to the court. If the court agrees with the schedule then they will make the schedule the order. When parents cannot agree on a schedule a standard possession and access order is entered by the court.

The standard possession and access order states that the child will live with one parent, the managing conservator, and visits the other parent, the possessory conservator. Visits to the possessory conservator differ based on the age of the child, whether school is in session, holidays, and summer breaks.

One of the most common questions regarding the standard order is where the parents pick up and drop off the child. In almost all circumstances the child is picked up and dropped off at a residence, not a public meeting location. Often, the child is given to the possessory conservator at the managing conservator’s house. At the end of visitation, often the managing conservator picks the child up at the possessory conservator residence.

When interpreting custody arrangements, it is helpful to have an expert explain the rules. Let Killeen Family Law attorney Barbara A. Weaver be your choice in legal advocacy. Request your own FREE initial consultation with our law firm today to discuss your options.


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