Texas Family Code
Sec. § 153.251
Policy and General Application of Guidelines


The guidelines established in the standard possession order are intended to guide the courts in ordering the terms and conditions for possession of a child by a parent named as a possessory conservator or as the minimum possession for a joint managing conservator.


It is the policy of this state to encourage frequent contact between a child and each parent for periods of possession that optimize the development of a close and continuing relationship between each parent and child.


It is preferable for all children in a family to be together during periods of possession.


The standard possession order is designed to apply to a child three years of age or older.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995.
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