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If you are going through a divorce or have established paternity and wish to spend time with your child, you may want to pursue visitation. The same may apply if you are a grandparent who wishes to be involved in your grandchild’s life. In Texas, the legal terms for visitation are “possession” and “access” of the children. Although the term “possession” is less than desirable for most parents, this is how it is referred to under Texas law.

Having a competent attorney on your side can have a significant impact on your ability to obtain a fair visitation schedule. At Sheridan Barrett Coble and Andrae, PLLC, all of our lead attorneys are Board Certified specialists in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Together, our Austin family law attorneys have over 94 years of legal experience. We are highly qualified and prepared to protect your right to spend time with your child or grandchild.

We can handle such visitation/possession issues as:

  • Establishing a visitation schedule in a divorce or separation
  • Seeking visitation for grandparents
  • Determining or contesting paternity in connection with a request for visitation
  • Enforcing visitation schedules
  • Modifications to visitation and custody orders
  • Tailored schedules for infants and toddlers not covered by the Texas Standard Possession Order

Call our offices at (512) 598-4228 to discuss your visitation rights. We serve Austin, Williamson, Travis, and the surrounding communities.

Visitation (Possession) Schedules in Texas

Texas Family Code includes a Standard and Expanded Standard Possession Order for children 3 and older that covers weekdays, weekends, certain holidays, and extended summer possession. The most common possession schedule for parents who have been divorced in the past several years is probably the Expanded Standard Possession Order. This schedule includes the first, third, and fifth weekends of the month from the time school is dismissed on Friday until the time school resumes on Monday. It also includes every Thursdays during the school year from the time school is dismissed until the time school resumes on Friday. However, judges may order different schedules if they believe a good reason exists to do so.

50/50 possession schedules have become more common for parents, even though the Family Code does not contain a specific 50/50 possession schedule. Typically, a 50/50 schedule works best for parents who are both active participants in their children’s daily lives, schooling, and activities. If the parents have a healthy co-parenting relationship, a 50/50 schedule can be beneficial to everyone involved and allows the children to maximize quality time with both parents.

Just as there are a myriad of different structures for conservatorship (custody), the options for possession schedules are almost limitless. Some situations require a supervised possession schedule where one parent is supervised by a licensed professional or family member during their time with the children. With children under 3 years of age, we often design customized possession schedules that typically include more frequent visits and gradually increase to a more standard type of schedule.

Representing Parents & Grandparents in Austin, Travis, Williamson, TX & Surrounding Communities

A possession schedule should be designed to fit the needs of your family and your children’s lives. The members of our firm strive to help our clients obtain the schedule that best suits their particular situation. With an Austin visitation lawyer from Sheridan Barrett Coble and Andrae by your side, you have the opportunity to arrange a schedule that truly works for you.

Contact us at (512) 598-4228 to arrange a consultation with one of our professionals.

What Sets Our Firm Apart?

  • Full Service Family Law Firm

    We have the expertise in these areas to help you resolve your family law issues.

  • Experienced Attorneys

    Our attorneys have over 94 years of combined legal experience.

  • Board Certified

    Our Partners are all Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

  • Committed to Giving Back

    Our firm is involved with giving back to the legal profession and the community.