Even if you live in another state from your children, you or your children can travel for parenting time, especially holiday parenting time. Flying may be more stressful for some people right now than it normally is, even though airlines have implemented new policies in an effort to keep their passengers and crew healthy and safe.
The first step in planning your children’s visit is to communicate with your co-parent. Talk about your concerns and implementing safety measures that are consistent with the CDC, WHO, and Departments of Health. Hopefully your co-parent will agree that the pandemic does not change your custody order or agreement. If not, you may have to file an application with the court.
Next you should research the safety measures different airlines are taking. If your child is traveling alone, you should be careful when you book tickets because many airlines have changed their unaccompanied minor policy due to the coronavirus. Some airlines are no longer permitting minors to travel alone, while other airlines are requiring minors to enroll in their unaccompanied minor policy (for an added fee, of course). Some airlines will permit minors to travel together if one of the minors is 12-years old, and others if one of the minors is 15-years old.
One thing is certain, the coronavirus as complicated every aspect of our lives, especially us parents. If I can help you manage your custody and parenting time issues, please reach out to me.
Melissa Knoerzer, Esq. is an associate with ALBFRM. As a parent herself, Melissa is keenly aware of the many challenges facing families in the post COVID-19 world. A seasoned family law attorney, Melissa helps families navigate and resolve their most sensitive and unique matters.