Travis Family Judges Roundtable Discussion on COVID Issues

Published August 19, 2020 | By

I recently attended a virtual continuing legal education discussion put on by the Austin Bar Association which addressed the topic of “Back to School Issues in Light of COVID-19: A Discussion Between Bench and Bar.” It was moderated by Patricia Dixon and included Judge Andy Hathcock, Judge Catherine Mauzy, Judge James Arth, and Judge Julio de la Llata.

Below are my notes and comments on a few of the issues addressed:

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Posted in Child Support, COVID, Visitation

Visitation – Birthday vs. Holiday Schedule

Published October 31, 2018 | By

On my other website ( I recently responded to a comment which asked an interesting question – what happens under the Standard Possession Order when a child’s birthday falls on one of the designated holiday periods.

It was interesting to me that Continue reading →

Posted in Parent-Child Issues, Visitation

Visitation – What is the Texas Standard Possession Order?

Published October 11, 2012 | By

The Standard Possession Order (SPO) is a default visitation schedule defined by the Texas Family Code that is used in the vast majority of Texas divorce cases involving children. It is extremely detailed and lengthy and is one of the main reasons that divorce decrees in cases with children are usually 30 to 40 pages long. The Standard Possession Order statute is Texas Family Code Section 153.3101 through 153.317.

Every order has its own particular provisions, so please refer to the specifics of your own order for guidance if you have one. Also note that all of the terms are subject to alteration, either by negotiation or court order. This article is designed to give a brief overview of the statute and how its key provisions work Continue reading →

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