Today, Friday February 29, 2008, is a special day! It is Leap Day which is the extra day added to the month of February every four years. This year the 29th lands on a Friday and it becomes the 5th Friday of the month. That fact makes it especially significant in Texas because of our Standard Possession Order visitation schedule. The Standard Order doesn't have to be used in every case, but it is the most common arrangement in Texas visitation orders. It provides that the person without primary possession (custody) of the child will have possession of the child on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month. For the purposes of the schedule, the weekend begins on Friday, so this year there is an extra visitation weekend which rarely occurs in February.
Leap Day creates a bonus visitation weekend this year, but parents shouldn't plan on it again for a while. The next time Leap Day will be on a Friday will be in 2036. Thanks to Harry Tindall, Houston Collaborative attorney, for calling this event to my attention.