Divorced, have SPO in Texas. Divorce decree does not say anything specific about foreign travel, yet ex wife insists she will not let me go and cruise and travel from out of state is already paid for. It is during my appointed parenting time.
There's a few issues here
b) carrier requirements
c) other parent's attempt to add restrictions to the court order.
You likely need passports. This might require cooperation from the other parent or forcing the matter through the court.
The carrier might require written permission from the other parent. As a private enterprise the carrier is free to require this.
The other parent can only restrict you insofar as the decree indicates. You are not required to seek additional permission or guidance on what to do during your time of possession .
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Enjoy your trip. There is no way she can stop you and the children from the short vacation. This is your time, use it as you desire. Good luck and enjoy.
From my own personal experience, some cruise lines won't let the kids get on the ship unless there is a notarized permission from the other parent.
You need to talk to the cruise line and an attorney pronto.
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Get passports and go. Make sure you give her the information required about where and how and when you'll be going.
This may be easier said than done, especially if the other parent has resin to believe you won't return the children.
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You are allowed to take the children on your vacation trip with or without the pleasure of the other parent unless something in your court order bars it which does not appear to be the case. If in any doubt take your orders to family law counsel, but I do not think you are.
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