Could Your Possession Schedule Be Hurting Your Children?

Parents in Texas, absent family violence or child abuse, harm or neglect, are entitled to at a minimum a possession schedule with their children called the Standard Possession Schedule. Each state has its own version of a “Standard Possession Order.”

The Texas Standard Possession Schedule allows the non-primary parent to have possession of the child at a minimum on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekends of the month beginning at 6 pm on Fridays and ending at 6pm on Sundays, Thursdays during the school year from 6 pm – 8 pm, and 30 days in the summer. Additionally, parents alternate having possession of the child during Spring Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays. More and more often, parents who live close in proximity are agreeing to 50/50 possession schedules which entitle each parent to possession of the child ½ of the time.

Recently, Yahoo profiled the possession schedule of the infant twins of David Tutera and his estranged partner, Ryan Jurica. The twins were delivered via surrogate in July, 2013. One of the infant twins is the biological child of David Tutera and the other infant twin is the biological child of Ryan Jurica. Recently, Mr. Tutera and Mr. Jurica announced that they will “split custody” of the infant twins. Split custody means that siblings are separated and one child goes to one parent and the other child goes to the other parent. In this situation, Mr. Tutera will have custody of his biological twin child and Mr. Jurica will have custody of his biological twin child. Mr. Tutera has defended this decision and states he intends to have his child know her twin. However, the current possession schedule does not provide for the twins to be raised together in the same home.

Most experts agree that splitting up siblings, whether they are half or full siblings, is not in a child’s best interest. The sibling relationship is an important one. Children need their siblings to connect with and grow together. The bottom line is the younger the children, the less likely a Court in Texas will allow the children to be split apart. Therefore, it is important to research different possession schedules and what experts recommend when deciding what schedule is best for children and their relationships with the family unit as a whole.

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Esmeralda aguilar - September 25, 2013 9:13 AM

I need help I had hired an attorney and she did nothing kept my money and did not show up for court to defend me all she wanted was more and mor money I'm a mother of four buetiful children that there lives has been turn upside down with this confusion also the judge ask to pay an abasity attorney for the kids also she was the one who recommend me to this lawyer that took my money I'm disabled and I feel they took that advantage also she pressured me in the last min to make the worst discioun that know its even worst its hard for me to support all my children with no help from there dad that continue to lie and they new it they just wanted the money and close the case know my older daughter wants to quit school and work I need my money back and file a complaint and suiew the attorney that they took advantage if me and my kids what can I do

michelle oneil - October 23, 2013 9:53 AM

Esmeralda, We cannot give any specific legal advice through our blog. If you need an attorney but cannot afford one, Legal Aid may be able to help you.

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