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The Texas Standard Possession Order in divorce provides a default schedule for the division of physical custody (also known as “possession”) between the parent the child lives with and the other parent. Most divorcing parents will find it desirable to work toward an agreement that varies the terms of the Standard Possession Order, and many will find it necessary to contest the details of visitation (“access to the child”) in facilitated mediation or in a family court hearing. While the Texas Standard Possession Order serves as a guideline for periods of possession, it is presumed to be appropriate for children ages three and over, and the courts will often order “Standard Possession” in absence of an agreement to the contrary. When a child is under three years of age, there is no guideline for periods of possession, so family law attorney James P. Sadler can be of assistance in crafting a visitation plan which is particularly suited to the needs of the young child in question.


If you need advice about the range of your options on child visitation issues and a skilled advocate to help you achieve your objectives, contact family law attorney James P. Sadler.

We work with clients on the full range of child access problems in both divorce and paternity cases, including:


  • Access to children under joint managing conservatorship orders

  • Access under sole managing conservatorship orders

  • Supervised or restricted access in cases that raise parental fitness issues

  • Visitation when the parents live in different states or different countries


Parents are expected to try to resolve their differences as to visitation before bringing disputed issues to a court hearing. Furthermore, many Texas counties require mediation as a necessary step before a hearing will be scheduled on the issues in dispute.  At the Law Office of James P. Sadler, our experience and resourceful approach to these issues can represent a significant advantage for our clients at any point of the process, from the initial formulation of your goals to the appeal or enforcement of a family court order.


To find out more about child visitation and the important nuances of an effective visitation order, please contact us at (325) 227-6738 for a confidential office consultation.

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