What are “standard holidays” in a Texas custody order?

The vast majority of custody orders, whether they be from a divorce or another custody matter, contain standard holidays as part of the possession and access schedule.  These are the holidays included in the standard possession order found in the Texas Family Code.  This is usually the case regardless of what schedule the parties follow the rest of the year (standard possession, expanded standard possession, 50/50, or some other type of schedule).

With “standard holidays”, one parent typically will have the following:

In even numbered years, from the time school is dismissed before the Thanksgiving holiday until 6:00 p.m. on the Sunday before school resumes.

In odd numbered years, from the time school is dismissed before the Christmas break until 12:00 noon on December 28.

In even numbered years, from 12:00 noon on December 28 until 6:00 p.m. the day before school resumes following the Christmas break.

The other parent would have the opposite for Thanksgiving and the Christmas break.

Spring break differs depending on how close together the parents live.  If the parents are living less than 100 miles apart, they will alternate for spring break.  If one parent lives more than 100 miles away from the primary residence of the child, that parent will get every spring break.



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