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San Antonio Visitation and Standard Possession Order Lawyers


The Standard Possession Order (SPO) sets forth the terms of child custody and is used whenever parents cannot agree on who will have custody of the kids and when. Normally, this legally binding document is instituted after other attempts to decide on custody of the children have been exhausted.

Many times, couples cannot agree on the terms of a divorce. Issues can quickly get out of control and emotions flair, causing the divorce to be both lengthy and expensive. The children are often one of the major points of contention. Both parents may want primary custody or believe that their spouse would not provide a good, wholesome atmosphere for the children to grow up in.

This is when the courts will step in and issue a Standard Possession Order. This will grant one party the right to have the kids on certain days of the week, while the other parent will have possession during the remaining days. Courts take many factors into consideration when designing the SPO for a family. These can include:

  • The health and stability of each parent
  • The geographical location of parents
  • The child’s age and sex
  • Other relevant factors

The Texas Family Law Code decides custody and visitation rights based upon the best interests of the children. If one parent has a more stable environment, then this can weigh in the decision of the courts. Other issues like substance abuse, addictions, or anger problems can also prevent a parent from getting the full range of visitation rights.

When parents live within one hundred miles of each another, the Standard Possession Order will allow one parent to have possession in the first, third and fifth weekends each month. The couple must alternate possession during major holidays. On Mother’s Day, the mom has the children. On Father’s Day, the dad has possession. If the circumstances change for either party, either one can ask for a modification of the agreement.

At Zinda Law Group, we understand how emotionally charged these types of issues can be and we work with clients to help them achieve an equitable agreement that works for the whole family. Our team of San Antonio child visitation lawyers has the experience, knowledge, and compassion to assist clients. Call 210-390-0742 today for a consultation with an attorney. We take pride in offering personalized attention to our clients and look forward to helping you seek the visitation agreement that works for your family.