The Standard Possession Order
The most common custody order that judges use is the “standard possession order.” The language in the standard possession order can be difficult to understand.
To figure out when you get custody of your child, you will need to compare your court order and your child’s school calendar. For Christmas in 2015, most non-custodial parents have parenting time beginning at noon on December 28th, and ending at 6:00 PM on the day before the school resumes after the school’s Christmas vacation.
You and the other parent can agree to different custody times – that is often important for making family plans work. But if you are not able to agree with the other parent regarding parenting time then it is very important that you follow the court order as it is written. For example, if your court order says that you need to pick up your child from the other parent’s residence at 6:00 PM then you should go to his or her house at 6:00 PM and attempt to pick up your child.