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Holiday Travel With Children December 2020

This time of year, family law practitioners are often inundated with questions from clients re vacation schedules, travel itineraries.

Holiday Season Past:

Some of the routine issues we normally deal with are:

When does my holiday vacation start? Who gets Christmas this year? I thought I got Christmas every year?

When can I get an itinerary from the other parent who is traveling with the children? What if I don’t get an itinerary? Can I stop the trip?

What if he (she) refuses to turn over the passport(s), the child(ren) for my vacation? Can you or the court force him (her) to turn them over to me? When do the courts close for the holidays? What if they don’t deliver the child(ren) and I lose all my money and can’t take the trip?

Travel Restrictions Coast to Coast:

As of October 21, 2020, the CDC recommended that:

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

You can get COVID-19 during your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others. You and your travel companions (including children) may spread COVID-19 to other people including your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.

Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

It is notable that the reported cases in November 2020 more than doubled the reported cases of October 2020 without including the expected increases in cases and deaths from the Thanksgiving travel which are expected to be high. The recommendations re STAYING HOME will undoubtedly only get louder and more intense.

Before any travel, no matter how ill advised, you must check the requirements of the state you are traveling to. If you plan as perhaps in years past, to arrive the day before Christmas, you may find yourself alone in quarantine because the state requirements prevent you from otherwise.

To look at a few states, the below show the vast differences state to state that can impact on your travel plans.

Alaska:  Nonresidents and residents entering the state must fill out a traveler declaration form listing where they’ve traveled in the previous two weeks by using the Alaska Travel Portal. Residents who’ve been out of state for longer than 72 hours are asked to take a free COVID-19 test upon their return or can instead choose to quarantine for two weeks (they’ll need to submit a self-isolation plan through the portal). Visitors are strongly encouraged to take a test within 72 hours of their arrival (they need to upload their negative result or proof of test taken into the travel portal); if not, they can either be tested on arrival (for $250 per test) and quarantine until

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Danny’s Place: Marshfield police raise money for vacation house for sick children – News – Wicked Local

Danny Sheehan, 7, is such an inspiration to the community that a group of police officers is helping to raise money for a room in his name at a vacation home for sick children in Falmouth

MARSHFIELD — Danny Sheehan has a few ideas about how he wants his ideal vacation room to be decorated.

Race cars. Sharks. French fries. Pizza. Strawberries, because that’s what he dressed up as one year for Halloween. Somewhere in the room should be a cubby for Doritos so he can get up in the middle of the night for a Cool Ranch flavored snack.

Danny wants rainbows because he has seen them in person and a music player loaded with a long he loves a lot — “Baby Shark.”

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Danny will hopefully see his room come next summer at the vacation house in Falmouth run by the charity Tommy’s Place, a former inn that is being renovated to become a getaway for sick children and their families.

The cost to sponsor a room, and make it fully his, is $25,000, not including the costs to turn it into something befitting Danny’s vision of a proper room, but he did get a little help from his friends in the Marshfield Police Department on Monday. They donated $4,000 as part of their no-shave October. The police made Danny an honorary officer in 2019.

On Sunday, he got a little help from the drive-in at the Marshfield fairgrounds where his pick, “The Goonies,” earned the charity $600. Danny only got about half-way through the film before it scared him a little too much.

“It was getting very creepy,” he said.

When Danny was 4, doctors diagnosed him with pineoblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer that can spread in the brain and along the spinal cord. Despite his struggles against cancer, he has remained friendly, dancy, talkative. Marshfield Selectman Chris Rohland even read a proclamation to the boy, announcing Nov. 1 through 7 as his week, as he has inspired residents of the town by his brave face and dancing.

Marshfield Lt. Arthur Shaw and Officer Jon Toomey are raising money to reach at least the $25,000 sponsorship goal for Danny’s room at the Tommy’s Place house by offering a chance to win a one-week stay at a house that sleeps 12 on Martha’s Vineyard next September.

In years past, Marshfield police officers have raised money for Cops for Kids with Cancer, a charity that gives $5,000 to families of children with cancer. Last year, they raised almost $100,000, Shaw said. In 2018, they raised $75,000 for the charity.

Tickets for the chance to win vacation home cost $100 each and are being sold through local restaurants, including Haddad’s Ocean Cafe, the Cask ‘n Flagon and the Bridgwaye. Tickets are also being sold through Tommy’s

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Vista children killed in wrong-way crash on the way home from vacation

Zach and Lili Homant, their mother and their grandmother had just spent two weeks together in Ohio and were making the long drive to the children’s Vista home when a wrong-way driver smashed into their car.

Zach and the two women died on impact. Lili died on her way to a hospital.

Now, friends of the family are trying raise enough money so the children’s father and step-mother can fly them home and bury them.

The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 40 in Canadian County, Oklahoma, local media outlets reported.

The family was headed west in a 2003 Hyundai when an eastbound Jeep smashed into the car and overturned. The Hyundai ended up in the center median where it caught fire. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials told reporters that the Jeep’s driver, identified as Ashley Ricks, may have been impaired at the time of the crash. According to 911 calls, the 33-year-old had been driving the wrong way for more than 10 miles.

Ricks, the only one to survive, is in critical condition at a hospital.

Friends of the family created a GoFundMe soon after they learned of the crash to help pay for funeral costs, which would include flying the bodies back to California.

“Our hopes are this fund will pay for the costs to bring his family home from Oklahoma, and burial expenses,” wrote fund organizer and family friend Jean Ball. “I know right now they can’t eat or sleep. They can’t look at the kid’s bedrooms and belongings. I can’t even imagine my whole reason for living, my entire family gone in an instant.”

The children live full-time with their father and step-mother, but had taken a vacation with their mother to visit their grandmother in Ohio. Ball wrote in the GoFundMe that the two had called their dad every day while in Ohio to share their experiences. Both were ready to come home and see their dad and their friends.

But Zach, who loved playing video games, and Lili, who enjoyed her bike and anything else that was pink or purple, never made it.

“The children had such bright futures,” Bell wrote. “How to navigate life after this is hard to fathom.”

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