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Modifying Your Child's Possession Schedule in Texas Without Court Involvement

Family Law

Article by Kirsten Bode

Photography by Kirsten Bode

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In the realm of co-parenting, flexibility and understanding are paramount. Situations change, and sometimes, so should possession schedules to accommodate the evolving needs of both parents and, most importantly, the children involved. While it is possible to modify your existing possession schedule without involvement of the Court, it can only take place if both parents are in agreement. It is important to note, that even if the parents agree to modify the possession terms, it is probably a good idea to consult with an attorney to understand the legal implications and have the new possession schedule filed with the Court to avoid potential issues down the road.

Communication is Key

The cornerstone of any successful co-parenting arrangement is effective communication. Before diving into the logistics of altering possession schedules, initiate a conversation with the other parent. Approach the discussion with openness, honesty, and a willingness to compromise. Remember, the goal is to create a schedule that prioritizes the well-being of the children while addressing the needs of both parents.

Understand Texas Laws

While many Courts encourage parents to reach agreements outside of court, it’s essential to understand the legal framework surrounding possession schedules. In addition, it is important to understand your rights and duties as a parent. Consulting with an attorney can ensure that you are making the best possible, legally informed decision.

Draft a Written Agreement

Once both parents have agreed to modify the possession schedule, it’s crucial to document the changes in writing. This written agreement provides clarity on the new arrangements. Include details such as the revised possession schedule, holiday visitation, transportation arrangements, and any other pertinent information. Be specific and thorough to avoid misunderstandings down the road.

Seek Legal Guidance

While modifying a possession schedule without court involvement is possible, it’s still advisable to seek legal guidance. A family law attorney can review your proposed agreement, offer insights into its legality, and ensure that it aligns with Texas law. Additionally, legal counsel can help draft the written agreement, providing an extra layer of protection for both parties. An experienced Family Law attorney at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP can draft the agreement into an enforceable order with the Court, enabling the agreement to be enforceable should future disputes arise.

In conclusion, modifying possession schedules in Texas without court involvement is achievable with cooperation, communication, and adherence to legal guidelines. Ultimately, it is advisable to meet with an attorney to fully understand your rights as a parent and to ensure that your modified possession schedule is binding and enforceable should future problems arise.

If you are facing a child custody dispute, reach out to the North Texas firm of Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP. Our family law attorneys are kind and compassionate while fighting hard to protect your parental rights. Please call 940-230-2386 or contact us online to arrange a consultation. We have offices in Denton, Flower Mound, and Gainesville for your convenience.

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