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Who Gets the Child for Easter?

Easter is not one of the holidays divided up in a Texas Standard Possession Order. That means that unless it was specifically written in for your decree, Easter goes to the parent whose weekend it would otherwise be. Since Easter moved around on the calendar, there is no pattern to how it falls in the possession schedule. One parent may receive Easter three years in a row, and then not get it again until the child is too old to care. In a Texas Standard Possession Order, the parent that the child lives with get the weekends that start with the second and fourth Friday of every month. The visiting parent gets the weekends that start with the first, third and fifth Friday of each month. So to find out who has Easter in a given year, look at the Friday immediately before Easter, 1, 3, and 5th to visiting, and 2 and 4 to the parent the child lives with. Unless Easter is immediately before or after spring break.

Unless it was specifically written in, Easter goes to the parent whose weekend it would otherwise be.

Spring break alternates between the parents, with the visiting parent getting spring break in even numbered years, and the primary parent getting spring break in odd numbered years, unless the visiting parent lives over 100 miles from the child, in which case the visiting parent gets spring break every year. Spring break possession begins the day school lets out prior to spring break, and ends at 6:00 p.m. the day before school resumes, so if Easter is either the weekend before or after spring break, the parent with spring break gets Easter. Whew, right?

Do you have a family law question that you would like to ask a Texas attorney? Post it in the comments section, and it may be the subject of a future video.

April 28, 2020

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This information pertains only to the state of Texas and not to any other state. This post or any other information found on this site does not constitute legal advice. This information is provided as general information only. These posts do not create an attorney-client relationship. Your own situation may differ from cases described here. Please seek counsel with a family law attorney before taking any legal action. (This is a law firm, you had to know there would be a legal disclaimer somewhere!)

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