If your child lives with the other parent most of the time

Child Support

What is Child Support? Child support is money that one parent pays to the other parent in order to provide for the child’s needs, such as food, clothing, school supplies, housing, daycare, or activities. For more information, visit the Texas Office of the Attorney General Child Support Division. View an introductory video about the child … Read more >

Expanded Standard Possession Order

Texas law allows the noncustodial parent (possessory conservator) to request a different beginning and ending pickup time for the Standard Possession Order. The noncustodial parent can choose to pick up the child when the child’s school is regularly dismissed, and to end when the child’s school resumes. This replaces the 6:00 p.m. start and end … Read more >

Noncustodial Parent Special Election

The noncustodial parent can elect to take possession of the child only one weekend per month. In this case, the noncustodial parent gets to pick the weekend he or she wants, as long as he or she gives the other parent at least 14 days’ written or telephonic notice. This is a special election. The … Read more >

Parenting Plan (Possession or Visitation Order)

This legal document, also called the possession or visitation order, sets out the minimum amount of time the child spends with mom and dad. The order is authorized by the Texas Family Code, Section 153.311.

Standard Possession Order

Most custody orders include a Standard Possession Order (SPO) (Texas Family Code Title 5, Subchapter F [153.3101 – 153.317]) that sets the schedule for each parent’s time with the child.  Custody orders refer to parenting time as access and possession, which is the same as visitation.  The SPO tells the parents where the exchanges of … Read more >

Warm-up visitation

Warm-up visitation plans are used to help children get to know or become reacquainted with a parent they may not have seen for a long time. Warm-up time may be supervised by a close relative or friend that the child knows well and can turn to for encouragement. Supervised visitation centers also may provide this … Read more >