Standard Vs. Expanded Standard Possession

The most important decision that parents will need to make in the course of a divorce is how they can protect their time with their children. One of the key issues is whether a standard possession schedule is in the best interest of the child or whether all parties could be better served by expanded standard possession.

At the Law Office of Mark M. Childress, we work with parents throughout the Metroplex to find solutions to their custody and possession issues. Personal service is the hallmark of our firm, as we focus on finding solutions that are in the best interests of children and allow parents to make full use of their possession and access rights.

Need answers to your questions about standard and expanded standard possession schedules in Texas? Call 817-653-8122 for an initial consultation.

Standard Possession

When people think of a "normal" custody arrangement, they are thinking about standard possession. In a standard possession arrangement, a parent will have custody of a child every first, third and fifth weekend of the month, usually from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Sunday. This is ideal for parents who do not live close enough to the child's school and are unable to get him or her there on Monday morning.

Expanded Standard Possession

For parents who live close enough together to make it work, expanded standard possession can give a nonprimary caregiver more time with his or her child. In a typical expanded standard possession arrangement, a parent will take possession of a child once school lets out on Thursday, and then maintain possession until school resumes on Monday.

Expanded has the added benefit of avoiding the "hand-off" between parents, which is ideal in situations where parents are prone to high conflict.

Which Custody Agreement Is Right For You?

We are here to help you work out a parenting schedule that makes sense for you and your child. Contact us today to schedule a with our Fort Worth lawyer to discuss possible custody schedules.