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Texas Supreme Court 2nd Emergency Order regarding Access and Possession

Posted by Helene Parker | Mar 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

On March 13, 2020, the Supreme Court of Texas issued it's 2nd Emergency Order regarding Access and Possession of children.  This order confirms that the present possession order regarding children remains the same even if the children's school Spring Break school schedule has changed as a result of COVID-19.  

What does this mean?

It means if you are scheduled to return the child at the end of Spring Break, which prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic lasts 7 days, you must return the child to the other parent at the end of the 7 days.  Withholding the child from the other parent because the schools have added an additional week to the Spring Break schedule could force the other parent to file an enforcement action against you for contempt of court.  If the other files a lawsuit to enforce the court order against you, it will not only cost you attorney's fees but also possible jail time and possible restriction of your future visitation time with your child.  So, follow your current court orders and do not use the COVID-19 Pandemic as an excuse to withhold the child from the other parent.

Texas Supreme Court Second Emergency Order.pdf
Texas Supreme Court Second Emergency Order

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Helene Parker

Ms. Parker has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1997.  She is Board Certified in Family Law. Ms. Parker received her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton in History and Art.  Cal State Fullerton was not Ms. Parkers first university; she spent her freshman year at American Uni...

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