Even if the court orders the Standard Possession Order (SPO), the parties can STILL agree on another education plan if necessary. The keyword agrees. Getting along with the other parent can play an important role in flexibility with your visits with your child. As soon as one party no longer agrees with the alternative schedule, both parties must begin to follow the OPS exactly as it is written. Read the Custody (Conservatory) and Visitation (Possession and Access) Act in Chapter 153 of the Texas Family Code. For children under the age of 3, judges often assign a property and access plan specifically designed for young children. These schedules may change to the default possession order when the child is 3 years old, or they may change slowly as the child grows up. If the judge is concerned about the safety of a child, the judge may order that a parent`s time with a child be supervised. The judge may order that the parent`s time be monitored by a family member, a neutral third party or an agency. When a private agency uses it, the visiting parent may be responsible for paying the Agency`s fees. The Texas Attorney General has an online directory of community services available to families to facilitate joint parenting after separation or divorce.
The directory includes supervised visiting centers: www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cs/access-and-visitation-help If parents are unable to agree on an appropriate schedule, judges usually assign the standard order of possession (details below). . . .