I recommend that you contact an attorney right away. The original divorce decree and the terms given to each parent and their rights of visitation will be very important. The actual law can be viewed at this link: http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/docs/FA/content/htm/...
Since both of your step daughters are over the age of three I apologize for length and included the within 100 miles so you can see the difference and how your visitations compares. I believe this is the current standard and a little easier to read than the actual legal jargon:
What is the standard possession order?
The Texas Family Code provides a visitation schedule that years of experience have shown works for most families. The standard possession order for parents who live within 100 miles of each other basically divides holidays evenly between both parents and gives the parent with visitation at least two weekends a month, two hours every Thursday during the school year, and 30 days during the summer.
School holidays can extend a parent’s visitation. Under the standard possession order, if a parent has visitation on a weekend and the following Monday is a school holiday, then the period of visitation ends at 6:00 p.m. on Monday instead of Sunday. Likewise, if school is out on Friday, the weekend visitation starts at 6:00 p.m. Thursday instead of Friday.
What does the Standard Possession Order include?
The standard child custody order for parents who live less than 100 miles apart presumes that a child age 3 or older will live most of the time with one parent and the other parent will have visitation on the following schedule:
* Weekends starting at 6:00 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Friday of each month and ending at 6:00 p.m. on the following Sunday (an option is to start when school is dismissed on Fridays)
* Thursdays during the school year starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. (option: beginning when school lets out and/or ending when school resumes, usually on the next Thursday morning).
* From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the child’s birthday.Fathers have possession for Father’s Day from 6:00 p.m. on the Friday before Father’s Day until 6:00 p.m. on Father’s Day.Mothers have the same period for Mother’s Day.
* In even-numbered years:Dad has the child during Spring Break, Mom has the child for Thanksgiving, Dad has the child for Christmas from the time school lets out until noon on December 28, and Mom has possession from December 28 until 6 p.m. on the day before school resumes. The use of “Mom” and “Dad” is for an example only—it could be reversed depending on who has primary custody. In odd-numbered years, the holiday schedule is reversed.
* The parent with visitation has the child for 30 days during the summer. If that parent gives notice before A. 1, he/she can designate the 30 days during the summer when he/she has possession in up to two separate periods of at least seven days. If no notice is given, he/she has possession from July 1 until July 31.
What visitation schedule is followed if the parents live more than 100 miles apart?
Visitation for Thanksgiving, Christmas, the child’s birthday, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day remain the same when parents live over 100 miles apart. The parent with visitation gets 42 days with the child during the summer and can follow the first, third, and fifth weekend schedule or choose to select one weekend a month with 14 days advance notice.
Ok, that was info from this website: http://www.enoslaw.com/PracticeAreas/Child-Custody-Texas.asp
I will also point out that at age 12, the children are legally able to choose which parent they prefer to live with and judges tend to side with the child unless there is good reason not to. I am not sure if you intend to pursue primary custody but thought I'd throw that out there. As far as who is responsible for the kids' travel between you, I will refer you to the first link to the actual legal code as I do not know how your custody was set up. I am not a lawyer, just a sometimes frustrated step-mom so please do not take this as legal advise; you should really consult an attorney also but it will get you going and maybe you can avoid racking up fees if you are lucky enough to be on civil and reasonable speaking terms with the ex.
Good luck, A.!