Firefighters, police officers, and others with unusual work schedules are often faced with unique challenges during a divorce or custody dispute. With traditional work schedules, Texas courts apply the “Standard Possession Order” (SPO) which allows possession of the child(ren) on the first, third, and fifth weekends of each month. Texas refers to visitation as the right to “possession” of a child. It is distinct from access. The SPO usually works fine if both parents do not work weekends because it gives both parents quality time with the child(ren) when they are out of school. But when a parent routinely works on the weekends, the Standard Possession Order is unworkable. Despite this, many parents agree to the Standard Possession Order under the mistaken impression that “we must follow the Guidelines.” As shown below, that is not the case.