What is the Standard Possession Order?

Category: Children

A Standard Possession Order (SPO) is a visitation schedule developed by the Texas legislature. It contains a standard schedule for when a non-custodial parent can have possession of a child. The SPO is the default visitation schedule in Texas, but it can be modified by agreement of the parents or by court order.

The Standard Possession Order generally gives the non-custodial parent possession of the child every first, third, and fifth Friday weekend of the month. The non-custodial parent can ask for an extended version where visitation lasts from the time school dismisses on Friday to Monday morning.

The non-custodial parent also has access to the child every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It can be extended from when school dismisses on Thursday to Friday morning.

During the holidays, each parent alternates yearly between Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. In summer, the child spends 30 days or 42 days with the possessory parent. If the possessory parent lives more than a hundred miles away, they spend the entire spring break every year with the child.

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