Expanded Visitation Clarified

Sometimes parents (and even attorneys) have had confusion when talking about an “expanded” standard possession order.  This option is found in Texas Family Code Section 153.317(a).

Before the change, a parent could choose to EITHER pick up the child from school on their 1/3/5 weekends OR drop the child off at school at the end of the 1/3/5 weekends.   This was also true for that mid-week Thursday night possession.

This was commonly interpreted (with no real decent basis) to include an AND.  So the misinterpretation would mean a parent could pick up from school and then, after the weekend, drop their child back off at school.

Now it’s been cleared up.  The pick up AND drop off option is specifically stated as a choice for both the weekends and for that Thursday night possession.  Now parents can decide to 1) pick up the child from school, 2) drop off the child at school, or 3) both.

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About CJ.Harding
Chris believes one of the most important aspects of family law is seeing the 'big picture.' This means understanding the law, the facts of your case and the range of possible outcomes. Only after knowing each of those can an attorney convey the risks and potential results and guide you to make the right decision for your case, your life and your family. He understands every person and every case is unique. Chris will advocate for the very best possible result in your case. He has worked on a variety of family law cases, including tracing of assets, property division of estates worth more than one million dollars, international and interstate child custody issues, enforcement actions as well as pre-marital and post-marital agreements. Chris continues to be a student of the Law and helps to educate others by maintaining the "Hot Topics" section of the Firm web site, which features current issues in Texas family law. Topics have included how a bankruptcy can affect child support and the differences between alimony and court ordered spousal maintenance. Chris joined the firm after graduating cum laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. During his time at SMU, Chris competed in numerous mock and moot competitions and placed nationally. Chris is a native Texan, growing up in the Houston area and completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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