In my practice stairstep visitation usually involves several months of supervised visitation at the SAFE program then a few hours unsupervised every other Saturday, followed by a few hours on Saturday and Sunday. Assuming each step along the way went well, the parent and child are bonding and the parent showed for each visit, then a slow progression from one overnight to two and finally an SPO. If only visitation was revised, but not conservatorship, then there is no need to use those clauses except to clarify the order.
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You should only leave out the conservatorship clause if the new order that you are drafting states that the provisions in the prior order remain if not specifically changed in the new order. Otherwise I would leave the language in the new order. You will have an opportunity to approach the judge and present both versions and ask the Court to decide which one they want to sign. In the abundance of caution I would put the conservatorship language in the new order.
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