El Paso family court issues stance on ‘spring break’ custody

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – An El Paso judge has determined when “Spring Break” visitation expires for divorced and separated families.

Judge Laura Strathmann’s office sent a news release to share the court’s stance on how long Spring Break visitation will last since the school districts recently extended spring break until April 6.

The judge ruled that children that are subject to a possession order that included spring break or spring intercession visitation must be returned by 6 p.m. on March 22.

“Closure of schools will not extend the Spring Break possession period,” Strathmann wrote.

Marlene Gonzalez, who is running against Strathman in next month’s Democratic Primary run-off tells KTSM Strathman’s instructions don’t take into account unique custody agreements.

“Family courts are of the opinion that all school calendars shall dictate when each spring break and/or intercession shall begin and end,” she wrote in a proposed standing order Monday. “Any other emergency that might occur in the regular school daily schedule shall not be counted as an extension of spring break or intercession break unless the school district calls it an “extension of Spring Break/Intercession,” and is according to the original 2019-2020 school calendar.”

Gonzalez says custodial and non-custodial parents should follow the original school calendars when it comes to custody agreements.

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