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Adjusting the parenting schedule for the summer

Summertime is a change of pace.  The school schedule goes away (for most, unless they have summer school), many children enjoy day camps and sleep away camps, and parents often enjoy a vacation or two with their children.  Under the Texas Standard Possession Order, the possession schedule changes in summer, too.

The biggest change for the summer schedule is the block of extended time each parents gets with the children. 

For the custodial parent, their weeks with the children are uninterrupted without the weekday possesison periods.  They do not have to worry about returning their child on Thursdays.  The non-custodial parent will have shorter weekends with the children (from 6 pm on Fridays to 6 pm on Sundays), but they will also get to enjoy up to a 30 day block of time with the children.

Of course, there are lots of options when it comes to carving out summer possession time.  Some parents opt during the summer for a week-on, week-off schedule.  Some parents choose to continue their school year calendar during the summer.  For some families, it is important tradition to send the children away to an extended summer camp.  The summer possesison schedule can be tailored to meet your family's needs, so long as both parents are agreeable.

If you or your child's other parent have summertime family traditions (e.g., 4th of July, family reunions), be sure to discuss these with your attorney before negotiating your possession schedule.  In many cases, it is possible to custom tailor a possesison schedule that meets the unique needs of your family situation.  Of course, give and take in negotiating is important.  Keep focused on the big picture, and what will be best for your children - generally, to spend time with both parents and families creating valuable memories.

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