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April 2022 and the Standard Possession Order


Hi, Chris Schmiedeke from Divorce Simplified. It’s time for the review of the Texas Standard Possession Order. We are now in April of 2022. So before we get started reviewing the calendar, this is a big month upcoming because it’s the notice provisions for the standard summer possession in Texas. I know every year there are a lot of questions and a lot of issues that arise regarding the summer possession. So rather than rehash what I’ve already done, I am going to put a link for y’all up here of a couple of videos that I want you all to watch and go back and review where I discussed the standard possession order for summer, the notice requirements, and then I do an FAQ.

Prior Videos on Summer Notice Provisions for Texas Standard Possession Order

The first video is the Texas Standard Summer Possession Order FAQ, I did that in May of last year.  That video contains a series of questions that I receive over and over and over. Very common questions about notice provisions, what happens in the summer, etc. That’s a good one to watch because it covers a variety of questions. That’s one of them. The other video is the Summer Notice Provisions Simplified. I did that on March 30th of last year and that also is helpful in that I review the provisions of the standard possession order and what the notice requirements look like. If you’re having questions on the notice provisions or if you have just general summer possession questions, then I think that will help you out a lot. If it doesn’t just shoot me a comment down below if you would like.

April Texas Standard Possession Dates

There is a visual of the calendar for April in the video if you would like to follow along.  The custodial parents are denoted in blue, non-custodial parents are denoted in yellow. So first things first, we can see the Thursday ending March 31st. Then April 1st will be the first Friday of the month. And as you can see, there is a third Friday of the month on April 15th and then there is a fifth Friday of the month, April 29th. So non-custodial parent, you will get three weekends in April. And I can hear the questions already. You can see that the fifth Friday of the month rolls into May. Sunday, May 1st would be the return date typically, or unless it’s returned to school or whatever on May 2nd that you may have. But look, May 6th is the first Friday of May. So non-custodial parents you will have back-to-back weekends there, April 29th and May 6th. In addition, you’re going to get your standard Thursdays.  Custodial parent, you will get the eighth, the weekend of April 8th, and the weekend of April 22nd.

Other Important Dates

The other two important provisions that we’ve already discussed are the notice days, April 1st, for the non-custodial parent to pick your 30 or 42 days (for over 100 miles) in the summer. And then the custodial parent you have April 15th as your deadline to then select your weekends inside and outside of the extended summer possession of the non-custodial parent.


There you go. That’s the month of April. As I referred to earlier, I provided a couple of links above for you to review if you have questions on the Texas Summer Standard Possession Order. If you don’t, then just review the calendar for April on what the visitations are and be on your way. But other than that, if you need anything else from me, comment down below. And please click the subscribe button on the video if you watch it.

Chris Schmiedeke


I was born in Dallas and spent the majority of my life here. I moved to Denver in the middle of the first grade and moved back to Plano in the middle of the eleventh grade. I graduated from Plano Senior High in 1984 and then attended Richland College and the University of North Texas where a received a Bachelor of Business Administration. From there I attended the Texas Tech University School of Law and was licensed to practice law in May of 1993. 

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