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Holidays in the standard possession order are very important to both sides of the family.  Many of us have holiday traditions.  We want our children to participate in these traditions.  That way, they can build memories and even be in the pictures that we take.  If you are planning a trip out of town for the holiday or booking a venue. You will need to understand exactly when you will have your child with you.

The State of Texas includes definitions for holidays in the standard possession order.  If you have a standard possession order, you can talk to your Dallas and Fort Worth divorce attorney. Or, look up and know the exact times each of you will have possession of your child.

Holidays in The Standard Possession Order

The Thanksgiving holiday season alternates between odd and even years. The noncustodial parent has possession for this vacation period in odd-numbered years and the custodial parent has possession in even-numbered years.

The Christmas holiday season is divided into two parts. Part one is from the day school is dismissed until noon on December 28 if. Part two is from noon on December 28 until 6 p.m. on the day before school resumes after the Christmas vacation.  If you order was prior to June 15, 2007, the date will be December 26th.

In odd-numbered years, the custodial parent will have the child for the first half of the holiday period and the noncustodial parent the second half of the holiday period. In even-numbered years, the noncustodial parent will have the child for the first half of the holiday period and the custodial parent will have the child for the second half of the holiday period.

Weekday and weekend time also may be extended by holidays that fall on Friday or Monday.

Check your local school district’s calendar for specifics about vacations and holidays and use the calendar’s stickers or other stickers to plan with your child.

Conclusion

If you are able, it is always better to have a working relationship with the other parent.  Remember that you can ask for something extra. But you need to be flexible and give them extra when they ask for it.