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Spring Break Texas Standard Possession Order

| Chris Schmiedeke |

Heeee’s back! It’s me again, Chris, Divorce Simplified. Back for another monthly installment of the Texas standard possession order for under 100 miles. So, this time we are discussing March, which is one of my favorite months, by the way. Maybe I should start rating the month for you. March is way up there. Spring is coming and spring break is also coming. I love it, I love the warm weather and I’m ready for it. So, March is definitely an A-plus month. How it turns out for you, I guess depends on whether you’re the custodial or non-custodial parent.

It’s going to be a tricky one to discuss this month because everybody’s spring breaks differ. So, you’re going to have varying spring breaks in this. I put in the spring breaks that my children have. So, you can see from this one that you’re going to have them, custodial parents going to roll into the month with their visitation. You’re going to get your Thursday here non-custodial parent and then the first Friday of the month is going to be non-custodial obviously. Then you’re going to get the next Thursday possession but the custodial parent, if your spring break is the 15th through the 19th, the custodial parent is going to begin possession on the 12th and it is going to roll through the entire week, all the way up to the next Thursday possession. So non-custodial parent, you are going to lose your third weekend if this is your spring break for your kids. If you are saying to yourself right now, my kids aren’t in school, so they don’t have spring break, yes, they do. Just pick the school district where they would go to school, that is your spring break. All right, so I want to make some modifications to this here though. Let’s pretend that the spring break is this week. Let’s see what that does to the calendar. That is going to turn this into the custodial, sorry. The custodial parent it’s blue, it’s just worded wrong.

All right, so now I think this is going to be also custodial parent because it’s going to begin when the time the child’s school is dismissed for spring break. So, you can see how things begin to get manipulated here. They would pick up this Friday, the custodial parent they would have spring break all of this week. And then this week would then change to, sorry, this is a little bit clunky here. So, we’ll change that to the 17th. Custodial parent you are going to actually pick up this Thursday and then you are going to get your third weekend. So that would extend through the 21st and then this is going to actually be, I’m not going to type it in there but you understand what’s going on here. This would be a custodial parent, the blue. So, you see here by changing when the spring break is, if the spring break for your kids or kid is 8th through the 12th then you’re going to lose your first weekend and you’re going to gain your third weekend and just a few minutes ago when we had the alternative to this, you had your first weekend but you were going to lose your third weekend. So honestly it doesn’t look like there’s going to be much of a difference, it’s just going to be dependent upon whether you get your first weekend or your third weekend. Yeah, the first Friday or the third Friday non-custodial parent. So other than that, I don’t believe there’s a whole lot. Let me pop up the holidays here. Make sure I’m not missing something. Nope, so it looks like next month we’re going to have Easter. Easter is going to fall on the first Friday of the month. There it is right there; this is the first Friday. So that’s going to be the non-custodial parents’ weekend, unless you have a specific designation in your decree that says that Easter is assigned to one party or the other. If it’s silent as to that then it’s going to be the non-custodial parents.

Okay, so there you have it, March 2021 and the standard possession order. I hope everyone has a fantastic spring break and I will talk to you again in April.

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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