Hello, everyone, Chris Schmiedeke from Divorce Simplified back for a discussion of May and the Standard Possession Order. You may want to go back and review my April Standard Possession Order video, I made a small mistake, so we will discuss that when we review the calendar.
So we’re going to start with the April calendar, although we are discussing May this month. But if you will recall from the last video we had three Fridays in April, so we had April the 1st as the first Friday of the month. The third Friday of the month was the 15th and the fifth Friday of the month was the 29th. So that means the non-custodial parent would have gotten the first, third, and fifth Friday of the month. And then I erroneously said that the very following Friday was the first Friday of the month, which it is, and would belong to the non-custodial parent. However, I neglected to add the holidays to the calendar. If we look at the May calendar, we see that May 8th is Mother’s Day, which is a holiday in the standard possession order.
While May 6th is the first Friday of the month, the non-custodial parent may not get that weekend. If you’re the mother, you are going to get that weekend regardless of your designation as a custodial or non-custodial parent. So if mom is the non-custodial parent, then she’s going to get her first Friday of the month per the standard possession order. But it’s really Mother’s Day too, so they got it anyway. If the custodial parent is the mother, then the mother is going to get the first Friday of May even though it should have gone to the non-custodial parent because it is Mother’s Day. So my bad, there will not be back-to-back weekends from April to May unless the non-custodial parent is the mother. If the non-custodial parent is the father, then you’re going to lose that weekend.
So the remaining non-custodial parent weekend for the month of May is May the 20th, which is the third Friday of the month. And of course, the second and fourth Friday of the month is going to go to the custodial parent. The non-custodial parent will have the normal weekday Thursdays throughout May. Now we’re rapidly approaching summer. So depending upon when your kids get out of school these Thursdays could disappear. But I think most kids are going to get out at the very end of May or the beginning of June. So it probably won’t affect most of you. But Thursday the 5th, Thursday the 12th, Thursday the 19th, and Thursday the 26th should all go to the non-custodial parent for your standard Thursday possessions.
The fourth weekend of the month is Memorial Day weekend. So you really don’t have any issues with the extension of the weekend because of a holiday, because it already belongs to the custodial parent. If it belonged to the non-custodial parent (for instance a 5th Friday) then you would have a situation where the weekend would be extended by the holiday on Monday.
So again, sorry for my mistake from April into May. I hope all of this makes sense. So May is a pretty standard month, probably the end of the Thursday periods of possession because most kids will be out for June. And then we had a small hiccup between April and May because I wasn’t looking at the holidays. So hopefully that was a good explanation of the third Friday of the month from April rolling into the first Friday of the month in May. I will see you next month in June and we will begin discussing the summer.
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.