Austin, TX asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Texas

Q: Standard Wording for Flights Parents Over 100 Miles Texas

Had a hearing and judge did not make a ruling on no plane change flights. We do not live in a city where this is an option and opposing party is writing in "no equipment change" flights.

Is this standard? They are also asking for "all travel expenses" incurred to be paid as well. It's a 3 hour drive to the nearest city with direct flights. Child will be 14 in a few months.

There are multiple airlines with very short layovers with connecting flights on same airlines that allow unaccompanied minor service. Judge was made aware of this at the hearing

1 Lawyer Answer
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: I can answer the first part of your question. A "direct" flight is not the same thing as a "non-stop" flight, which is a distinction I think you are confused about. Any flight that leaves from the correct city and arrives in the city designated by the court order is a "direct" flight, even if it stops briefly (from a few minutes to a few hours) at other cities along the way. Overnight stops and fligbhts which require changing planes would not be considered direct flights.

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