Jimmy Verner has built StandardPossessionOrder.com, a website that allows the user to select among the options allowed by the Standard Possession Order and download a visitation calendar to an iPhone, an iPad or a Mac computer.
What is a Standard Possession Order?
In Texas, we don't have "visitation" with the children when the parents live apart. We call it "possession of" or "access to" the children. But a possession order is, in reality, a visitation schedule.
The Standard Possession Order is statutory. It sets most of the defaults when the parents don't otherwise agree. But the Standard Possession Order has a number of options, too. You can read all about that at the website's About the SPO section.
What Does the Website Do?
The Standard Possession Order is very complicated. So it seemed like a good idea to code the Standard Possession Order for the Calendar application that comes with iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. That way, a parent could see at a glance which parent the children were supposed to be with and when.
The website explains the Standard Possession Order. Once you understand your choices, you can click on the Choose Options tab to pick the options you want. Once you have confirmed your choices, you can buy the Standard Possession Order (through the year 2050) for $5.99. You will then download the file into your computer and sync it to your mobile devices.
Once you have installed the calendar, then you must customize it further because the Christmas holidays and Spring Break aren't the same across school districts plus some summer periods of possession must be picked.
Who Should Use the Website?
Attorneys should use this website to prepare visitation calendars for their clients when they prepare their clients' divorce or paternity decrees.
Parents can use this website, too. Most divorce and paternity decrees include the Standard Possession Order when there are minor children involved. There will be a section in the decree called "Standard Possession Order." The parent can simply input the options listed in the decree on the Choose Options tab and prepare his or her own Standard Possession Order.
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