Does a separated parent need consent to take their child out of the country?
June 25, 2021
Legal Moment on Dave Rocks
|Announcer:||And now the Cohen Highley Legal Moment on Dave Rocks.|
|Announcer:||I’m with Victoria Gordon from Cohen Highley Lawyers. Does a separated parent need consent to take their child out of the country?|
|Victoria Gordon:||Even when the parent with all the decision making responsibility (previously called Custody) attempts to take a child out of the country, they may be required to prove that they have consent from the parent who has parenting time (previously called Access).
I recommend travelers carry with them a travel consent letter signed by the other parent.
|Announcer:||What if the other parent won’t provide that letter?|
|Victoria Gordon:||Then you may need to go to court and ask for permission to travel. The other scenario would be if you have an existing agreement or court order.|
|Announcer:||Explain agreement or court order.|
|Victoria Gordon:||You can travel freely with your child if you have a parenting plan, separation agreement, or court order that says you do not need the other parent’s consent to travel with your child. It’s important to take a copy of the agreement or order with you when you travel.|
|Announcer:||Thanks Victoria. This has been the Cohen Highley Legal Moment.|
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