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Blended Families & Deployment

We were scheduled to have my stepdaughter for six weeks this summer. We have already purchased the tickets and they weren't cheap as we just moved to Hawaii. We recently found out that my husband will deploy right before she is supposed to get here. I know stepparents don't have "rights" but I heard that there is some newer act that protects military visitation rights, that the service member can designate his visitation to a family member. I have heard about half of the states have this and I am having trouble finding out which ones do. I have talked with our attorney who needed to research it further but hadn't heard back from her yet. Does anyone know about this and/or if it applies to Texas?
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Re: Blended Families & Deployment

  • I don't know anything about the visitation, but you should be able to call the airline, and tell them there has been a change in your husband's orders. They will likely let you transfer the ticket to another date within a year and they will waive the transfer fee.  I did this a few months ago when my husbands deployment date was changed at the last minute.  It's worth a try.  Good luck
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