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May 2023 Texas Standard Possession Order

| Chris Schmiedeke |


Welcome to the review of the May 2023 Texas Standard Possession Order. I’m Chris Schmiedeke, Divorce Simplified. Let’s see what we have for the month of May 2023.


The custodial parent is in blue on the calendar on the video, and the non-custodial parent is in yellow. We will start with the weekends this month. The first Friday of the month would be the 5th of May. The third Friday of the month would be the 19th of May and there is no fifth Friday of this month. Custodial parent, you would get the second and fourth Friday of the month, which is the 12th and the 26th.


Next, we will look at the Thursdays this month, so we’ll have Thursday the 4th, the 11th, the 18th, and the 25th. It starts to get a little sticky here in May because some kids will be getting out of school in May for summer vacation. I don’t know exactly when all the school districts release for the summer vacation, just remember that Thursdays do not continue during the summer months. If your child is out of school for any one of those Thursdays, specifically the 25th probably, if they are out of school for summer break then that Thursday visit would not take place. But we also know that the weekend periods of possessions, the first, third, and fifth weekends do continue throughout the summer.


The final piece of the puzzle today is the holidays. We have Mother’s Day on May 14th. Mom, if you are the custodial parent then you will just use your possession as normal because that’s your weekend anyway. Mom, if you are the non-custodial parent then you are going to get your possession on the 14th pursuant to your order for Mother’s Day possession. Review your order, look at the time for pick up and drop off times for Mother’s Day and you would actually get the 14th as the non-custodial mother. For Memorial Day this year, it falls on the fourth Friday of the month weekend, so there’s not really anything we need to do with that as it will go to the custodial parent.


That’s a pretty quick one for the month of May. The only real hiccup this month is whether mom is the non-custodial or the custodial parent, and Mother’s Day. Other than that, it’s pretty straightforward. We do have the end of the school year coming up. I think most schools now let out in May. Some may make it all the way to June. If your child is dismissed for the summer break in June, then all the Thursdays in May would apply and of course, the weekends always apply in the summer anyway, so those would continue. Until June, I will talk to you soon!

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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