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2023 Texas Standard Possession Calendar for Child Custody 

March 3, 2023


The Texas Standard Possession Order calendar gives noncustodial parents possession on the first, third, and fifth weekends of the month, alternating holidays, and one month in the summer. This schedule may also include Thursday nights if both parents live near enough to each other to make this practical. The standard possession calendar for 2023 is the baseline child custody schedule that the court will enforce if no other agreement is in place. 

Can You Modify the Texas Standard Possession Calendar for 2023?

Yes. The purpose of the standard possession calendar is to create a schedule that’s in the best interest of the child and allows both parents to maintain strong and healthy relationships with the child. If both parents agree that a different schedule works better for their needs, they may make modifications as they see fit. However, if a custody agreement cannot be reached, both parents must follow the 2023 Texas Standard Possession calendar. A Texas divorce lawyer specializing in complex child custody cases can help you navigate the intricacies of child custody. 

What Happens if One Parent Does Not Follow the Standard Possession Calendar? 

If a parent does not comply with the Standard Possession Order in Texas, you can discuss your options with your divorce lawyer, but the most likely option is to file a Motion to Enforce with your local family court. This motion should include information about how the other party failed to comply with the standard possession order calendar for 2023 and the relief you’re looking for by filing this motion. Filing a Motion to Enforce is important because it provides documentation that the custody order has not been followed. Having multiple documented violations and witnesses can prove to the court that the order should be amended because it’s not in the best interest of the child. If you need help with this process, the experienced family law attorneys at Goranson Bain Ausley would be happy to assist you. 

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