The Texas Supreme Court, with all justices joining in the order, has ruled that all parties subject to access and possession orders involving children shall follow the dictates of the original governing orders that contain access and possession provisions. The Court ruled that, for example, if the order contains a set beginning and ending date of any vacation, such as Spring Break or Spring Intercession, that any school district’s decision to “extend” a Spring Break or Spring Intercession due to the Coronavirus pandemic, shall NOT alter the clear terms of the governing order. A parent in possession of a child pursuant to a governing order shall not retain the child, in reliance on a school district’s decision to close the schools and as result to extend a vacation. Parties are to look to the original governing order to determine their respective rights of possession.
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