Child Custody and Visitation Lawyer Explains Parental Rights
Information about Visitation Rights and Schedules in Texas
As a Houston custody and visitation lawyer, I recognize that frequent contact after divorce between a child and each parent optimizes the development of a close and continuing relationship between parents and their children. The Texas Legislature has considered the importance of parental involvement in child development and established minimum imitation schedules for Texas.
Who Do Custody and Visitation Laws Apply to?
Generally, visitation and child custody laws in Texas apply to children over three (3) years of age. However, there are instances where judges applied Texas custody and visitation guidelines to children under three. There are many other provisions regarding child custody arrangements not outlined below. So, if you have questions, please call and ask us.
Sample Custody and Visitation Schedule
- Weekends. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month and ending at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday; Thursday of each week during the regular school term beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. Also, on the Friday and Thursday visitation, the court may permit the visiting parent to pick up the child at the time the child’s school is regularly dismissed and return the child on Monday or Friday morning.
- Christmas. In even-numbered years beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the last school day before the Christmas school vacation begins and ending at noon on December 26. In odd-numbered years beginning at noon on December 26 and ending at 6:00 p.m. on the day before school resumes.
- Thanksgiving. In odd-numbered years beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the day the child is dismissed from school for Thanksgiving and ending at 6:00 p.m. on the following Sunday.
- Spring Break. In even-numbered years beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the day the child is dismissed from school for spring vacation and ending at 6:00 p.m. on the day before school resumes.
- Summer. Thirty (30) days to be exercised in no more than two (2) separate periods of at least seven (7) consecutive days.
- Child’s birthday. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Mother’s Day/Father’s Day weekend. From 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
- If the visiting parent and the child reside more than 100 miles apart, the visiting parent gets every Spring Break, forty-two (42) days during the summer and the choice of the standard weekends or any weekend selected by the visiting parent.
- In the Houston area, if one parent moves after divorce, in the vast majority of cases, the Courts restrict the legal residence and domicile of the child to Harris County, Texas after divorce.
Have More Questions about Visitation and Child Custody Laws in Texas?
Every child custody situation is unique. Being board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, John K. Grubb offers aggressive divorce representation. He is ready and able to litigate child custody and visitation cases in court. Please call our visitation lawyers in Texas at (713)877-8800. You can then discuss your individual situation with a qualified and sensitive legal professional.