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What is Right of First Refusal?

Many parents are unaware that they can include the "right of first refusal" in child possession and access orders. Right of first refusal means that when a parent is unavailable to care for the child, they must first ask the other parent if they are available to care for the child. Usually this right need not be initiated unless the parent will be gone for a period of 6, 8, or 12 hours, sometimes even longer. Simply put, if a parent is going to go out for the evening, go to work, or even require medical care that will require them to be unavailable for a period of time, rather than call a sitter or a grandparent, the parent must call YOU. The Texas Family Code and psychologists in general feel that a child is best cared for when in the hands of a parent. So if you do not have this provision in your orders, you may be missing out on extra time with your child. Call KRIEBEL LAW FIRM, PLLC today to find out how you can modify your orders to include this provision.