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Winter Holiday Visitation

By: Cynthia Diggs

Holiday visitation under Texas law has changed over the years, and clients often want to know when they may expect to have their children over the holiday school break.  Currently, the winter holiday break is divided as follows:

  • In even-numbered years: the secondary parent has possession of the children beginning at 6 p.m. on the day the children are dismissed for winter break, until noon on December 28th.  The primary parent has possession of the children beginning at noon on December 28th until 6 p.m. on the last day before school resumes.
  • In odd-numbered years:  possession flip-flops.  The primary parent has the children beginning at 6 p.m. on the day of dismissal for winter break until noon on December 28th; the secondary parent has possession from noon on December 28th until 6 p.m. on the last day before school resumes.

Obviously, this is a Christmas-centric arrangement, so if a family celebrates Jewish, Muslim, or other holidays, Texas courts will take that into account rather than use the standard holiday visitation guidelines.

Cindy Diggs, Board Certified in Family Law and Civil Trial Law, Holmes, Diggs, Eames & Sadler 5300 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77056, 713.802.1777. www.holmesdiggs.com

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