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What should you know about possession and custody in Texas?

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2022 | Child Custody |

State courts often have a final say in custody arrangements and will choose in accordance with what they feel will serve the child’s best interests.

To make the transition easier for everyone, it is important to learn about mandates set up during court proceedings. It is also important to understand how to abide by them.

Defining possession

According to the Texas State Law Library, there are a number of definitions related to custody. These terms help to establish the limitations for parents, as well as help them form their guidelines.

Some of the phrases and words that may end up used by Texas courts include possession, access and conservatorship. After settling questions about custody in a specific hearing, “possession” will usually only refer to visitation orders made during custody hearings.

Dealing with a possession order

When receiving a possession order, the papers will outline the visitation rights of a non-custodial parent. Both parents have to follow these orders. Failing to do so will result in the rights of the individual getting canceled or the court modifying them.

Parents may alert the court if they find their co-parent is not following the orders. Typically, these documents only cover visitation for the co-parent and do not include any other members of the family.

If anyone finds a possession order confusing, they may request further clarification. Consider abiding by this because accidentally misunderstanding an order can still open a person up to potential legal action on the part of their co-parent. Depending on location, this request may require court formality, so it is best for a parent to come prepared.