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Insights for Divorced Dads on Father's Day

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, it is important to remember the rules that cover child possession to help avoid any last-minute problems or confusion. For divorced parents in Texas, a majority of child possession and access orders follow the Standard Possession Order contained in the Texas Family Code.

Under Texas law, a parent who has the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of a child (which is typically the mother) will have possession most weekdays and the second and fourth weekends of each month. The other parent will have possession on the first, third and fifth weekends only. Fathers who are not already in possession have the right to possession beginning at 6 p.m. on the Friday before Father’s Day and ending at 6 p.m. on Father’s Day.

Since Father’s Day falls on the third weekend in June this year, fathers who do not have primary possession will still have possession as if it were a “normal” weekend. The month of May sometimes includes a fifth weekend, which causes Father’s Day to fall during the second weekend of June. This can complicate things, but fathers shouldn’t worry because the Standard Possession Order specifically addresses this scenario regardless of who has the right of possession. Father’s Day trumps the possession and access order, as well as any summer weekend possession requested by the primary parent.

Even though we are all human and mistakes happen, be sure to focus on your calendar and get on the same page with the primary parent regarding Father’s Day. Organization is key, and always remember that keeping tension away from your child is the most important thing.

It only takes a minute or two to send a text, email, or message on the Our Family Wizard app to ensure that both parents are aligned regarding Father’s Day weekend possession. It is time well spent and can alleviate any unnecessary stress on everyone, particularly for your child. Don’t forget, if you do not normally have possession Father’s Day weekend, then you must pick up your child and return him or her to the same residence by 6:00 p.m. on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day is a special time for fathers and their children to bond, so it is important to plan fun, stress-free activities that you can do together. It is also a perfect time to listen to your children and learn more about their interests with a reminder that you will always be there for them regardless of the circumstances. Planning ahead and engaging with your children in a meaningful way on Father’s Day will take everyone one step further from the physical and mental turmoil that often accompanies separation, divorce, and family division.