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Understanding custody arrangements in Texas

For many families, the most important aspect of the parenting plan may be the custody agreement. The typical custody arrangement most parents are familiar with is called standard possession. These agreements are usually ideal for parents who do not live in close enough proximity to the child's school.

In some cases, the traveling distance may be problematic for getting the child to school on time or picking them up after school. Under the typical standard possession agreement, the noncustodial parent may have the child on the first weekend of the month and every other weekend thereafter. The time spent with the child usually ranges from Friday at 6 p.m. until Sunday at 6 p.m. Parents who live closer to each other may choose to use an expanded standard possession instead.

One of the benefits of expanded standard possession is that it can help parents avoid conflicts that usually occur when dropping off the child. Under an expanded standard possession arrangement, one parent usually picks the child up from school on Thursday and has custody until dropping them off at school the following Monday morning. These custody agreements are designed to allow the noncustodial parent or guardian to spend more time with the child. The deciding factor in many custody cases centers on designing a parenting plan that is in the best interest of the child.

If you need help resolving issues with child custody or a parenting plan, you may benefit from contacting legal counsel. Our lawyers may be effective in negotiating amicable terms or finding solutions to contentious issues between disputing parents. Our page on child custody arrangements might provide you with more information on this subject.

Source: Mark Childress, PC, "Standard Vs. Expanded Standard Possession", November 06, 2014

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