When parents or other involved parties have a dispute over how child custody is handled, they may need to take legal action to create an agreement that will define each person's role and obligations related to the child involved. This is commonly referred to as a parenting or custody agreement. Texas residents would do well to be informed about what is commonly included in such an agreement and how the agreement is made.
In the state of Texas, parents are allowed to make their own child custody arrangements in a variety of ways, as long as both parents are in agreement. If the parents cannot agree about child custody and visitation, then the court will use a schedule that was developed by the Texas Legislature. This schedule is known as the standard possession order. The SPO grants visitation to the non-custodial parent every other weekend from 6 pm on a Friday until 6 pm on a Sunday. School holidays are divided evenly between the two parents.
Until a child reaches the age of 18 in Collin County, their parents or a legal guardian are responsible for their care and upbringing. In the event that a child loses both of their parents, disputes between family members over who will have custody sometimes ensue. This can be especially difficult when there is not a pre-determined plan or other arrangement in place to express the parents’ wishes for the care of their child.