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December 2021 and the Standard Possession Order for Texas

What is the Standard Christmas Visitation in Texas for December 2021

The custodial parent is going to close out the month on November 29th, 30th, and December 1st. The non-custodial parent will get Thursdays up until the Christmas holidays begin and then those will go away because we know that holiday possessions overwrite weekday and weekend possessions.

The non-custodial parent will get the first Friday of the month which is December 3rd. The custodial parent will get the second Friday of the month which is the 10th of December and here we have the third Friday of the month.

The calendar that I’ve created is based upon my kids’ school calendar which is Richardson Independent school district. So while December 17th is the third Friday it would typically belong to the non-custodial parent because it is the day the kids are released for Christmas vacation. It is going to go to the custodial parent because it is the custodial parent’s Christmas.

Review Your Own School Calendar

If for any reason your school district dismisses on the 21st or the 20th of December then the non-custodial parent would get that third Friday of the month. So look at your school calendar. If your kids are not in school because they are three or four years old look at the school district calendar where they would go to school and that is what determines when they’re dismissed for Christmas vacation. Of course, you have the visitation from the time school that’s out for the custodial parent on the 17th going through December 28th at noon so we have a little overlap here.

Non-Custodial Parent Finishes Out the Year

The non-custodial will finish out the year obviously through New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day and rolling into the month of January whenever your kids go back to school. I believe my kids go back on January 4th so that is why I have it ending on January 4th.

That’s the month of December and that is going to close out this year. I hope everybody has a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful new year and we will start this all again in January of 2022.

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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