weekends after divorceHolidays, Summers and Weekends after Divorce


Mother’s Day is this weekend!  It seems like this time of year is filled with end of school year activities, awards ceremonies, summer planning and holidays.  Springtime and summertime bring changes to parenting time and possession schedules with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, the end of school and long periods of summer possession.  Let’s talk about how holidays, summers and weekends after divorce affect parenting time within Standard Possession in Texas.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Mother’s Day is the first holiday that is a weekend holiday in a Standard Possession Schedule and it is followed in June by Father’s Day.   Most of the other holidays included in the Standard Possession are longer times, for example Spring Break or Thanksgiving.  Mother’s Day is always observed on the second Sunday in May.  Father’s Day is always observed on the third Sunday in June.  Both of these weekend holidays allow Mom and Dad to pick up the kids from the other parent on their respective holiday if they don’t already have them for that weekend.  They can pick the kids up at 6:00 p.m. on Friday before the Sunday holiday and then return them at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day and Independence Day aren’t holidays that are contained in the Texas Standard Possession schedule.  But, sometimes Memorial Day is observed on a Monday during the school year, depending on the school district and a parent’s weekend will be affected by the Monday holiday. When that happens, if the possessory conservator parent  has the children for that weekend then that parent will have them through the following Monday.  Their time with the kids ends at 6:00 p.m. on Monday with a Monday holiday.   Memorial Day doesn’t always fall on a possessory parent’s weekend though because it is observed on the last Monday in May.  This can be easily determined by looking at the school calendar, for example: the Denton ISD calendar shows the 4th Monday, Memorial Day this year.

Thursday Possession

Under a Standard Possession schedule the midweek or Thursday evening ends when the school year ends.  So, the weekend period of possession is the only period of possession that continues on through summer like it does during the school year.

Summers after Divorce

Summers after divorce are by choice and notice.  Parents choose their longer periods of time, give notice to the other parent and operate under their summer possession times for the remainder of the summer.  Under Standard Possession in Texas, possessory conservator parents give notice first and the managing conservator parents follow with notices for their time with the kids.  If you forgot to give notice this year, you may still have some options listed in this post.

A great understanding of your time with your kids for the holidays, summers and weekends after divorce will lead to a great summer.  If you have questions about your time with your kids, I’m happy to visit with you.


Jill O’Connell