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Texas custody attorneyThe approaching holiday season can be a joyous time for family and friends to reunite and celebrate together. Unfortunately, these festive occasions can become contentious when ex-spouses are unable to come to an agreement about holiday visitation with their children. To help avoid this type of stressful situation, you should consider speaking with an experienced complex child custody attorney who can help you find a solution that is in the best interests of all parties.

Court-Ordered Visitation Schedules

When a couple is unable to come to an out-of-court agreement regarding custody matters, courts are required to step in and create a parenting agreement. In these cases, visitation schedules take the form of either standard possession or expanded standard possession arrangements. Under a standard possession order, the holiday visitation schedule will be set in stone, regardless of the distance between the parents’ residences.

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Texas complex custody attorney, Texas visitation lawsIn Texas, parents who are involved in divorce proceedings have the option of drafting a parenting plan that sets up a specific visitation schedule. However, when a couple is unable to come to an agreement, the court may choose to implement the standard visitation schedule created by statute, which guarantees parents visitation with their children on certain holidays. Determining when a parent has visitation with his or her child can be difficult and emotionally taxing, but by failing to come to an agreement outside of court, parents largely give up their control over the terms of the custody arrangement, which can lead to an unsatisfactory result for all parties. If you are considering a divorce and have questions or concerns about visitation on holidays, it is important to obtain the advice of an experienced child custody attorney who can help you draft a parenting plan that is in your child’s best interest.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Vacations

Usually, visitation schedules depend partly on the distance between the parents’ residences. However, in court-ordered custody arrangements, possession on certain holidays is predetermined, regardless of distance, unless a child’s best interest dictates otherwise. For instance, non-custodial parents are granted access to their child during the Christmas holidays:

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Posted on in Child Custody

Texas child cutody laws, Texas complex custody attorneySince 2005, all couples involved in custody proceedings are required to submit a parenting plan setting out the duties and rights of both parties. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to come to an agreement regarding access to the child or which parent will provide the primary residence. Judges are then required to modify or create the plan themselves, meaning that the couple has little control over the outcome of the custody proceedings. If you or a loved one are involved in custody negotiations, it is important to contact an experienced child custody lawyer who can help you successfully navigate the process while protecting your interests.

Parenting Plan Basics

In order to be approved by a judge, a parenting plan must:

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