If you are a parent going through a divorce, one of the key decisions will most likely be what will work best in regards to a child custody and visitation schedule. Under Texas law, courts will normally grant one parent primarily residential custody, while the other parent will either have visitation on a standard possession schedule or an expanded standard possession schedule.
If you and the other parent live close to one another and your respective schedules allow it, an expanded standard possession schedule may be in the best interests of your child. In an expanded standard possession order, the noncustodial parent will pick up the child on alternate Thursdays when school is dismissed, and then drop the child off at school the following Monday. Visitation under an expanded schedule will normally occur on the first, third and fifth weekends of each month, allowing the noncustodial parent to have more time with his or her child.
Standard possession orders may be better for families in which the parents live further away from one another. These are issued unless an expanded order is requested. In a standard possession order, the court will order visitation between the child and the noncustodial parent to take place on the first, third and fifth weekends of each month. The time is normally from 6 p.m. on Fridays and ending at 6 p.m. on Sundays for those weekends. This is ideal especially for parents who live too far to be able to drop the child off at school on Mondays.
When trying to decide what will work best for your family and your child, you should always keep your child's best interests in mind. We are dedicated to helping our clients request the schedule most appropriate for them. For further information, you are invited to visit our custody page.
Source: Mark Childress, PC, "Standard Vs. Expanded Standard Possession", January 07, 2015