When temperatures rise, it often means school is out and upcoming vacations are just around the corner for many families. For some households, however, the holiday time away from school can create scheduling conflicts and confusion.
If you have recently separated from a partner and this is the first year you are dealing with a conservatorship agreement that says when you can see your child, you may have a lot of pressing questions. Here are three things to know.
1. Non-custodial parent gets more time during summer break
From the time the school year ends to the time it begins again at the end of summer, Texas law considers this period to be summer break. During this time, non-custodial parents who live within 100 miles may have up to 30 additional consecutive days with their child. For parents living more than 100 miles away, the amount of extended visitation time increases to 42 days.
2. Extended visitation time requires prior notice before July 1
If a non-custodial parent wishes to use the extended visitation time before July 1, he or she should notify the court by April 1. If the non-custodial parent does not do this, then the extended visitation time will take place July 1-July 31.
3. Custodial parent gets two extra possession periods
Custodial parents also get more time during summer break. Under state law, custodial parents may have two possession periods that would usually belong to the non-custodial parent.
Summertime is when so many families take time off to enjoy each other’s company, and in a way, the law recognizes this. Whether you are the custodial parent or non-custodial parent, you have the right to spend quality time with your child during his or her summer break.