Are you taking your child on holiday abroad?
Do you have a different surname to your child?
Consider these tips before travelling to avoid any pitfalls
1.If you are separated or divorced from the child’s other parent do you have a Child Arrangement Order in place? If you have an Order which determines that the child lives with you, you can take your child abroad for up to one month without the other parent’s consent.
2.Ordinarily you are not legally required to provide a letter of consent from the other parent, but if you are separated or divorced, a letter of consent from the other parent may prove useful.
3.If you do not have a Child Arrangement Order, and you wish to take your child abroad for a holiday, you must obtain the written permission from anybody who has Parental Responsibility for the child. This means the mother, the father (provided the parents were married at the time of the child’s birth or the father is named on the Birth Certificate after December 2003). Grandparents may also hold Parental Responsibility through a mutually signed Agreement.
If consent is not forthcoming you could be charged with Child Abduction if you take a child outside the UK without permission. To avoid this scenario you would be advised to make an application to a Specific Issue Order.
4. It is wise to discuss holidays with your former partner well in advance of any potential holiday as the court would not generally deal with specific issue applications on an urgent basis for the purpose of a holiday.
5. Check with the Airline – Notify the airline of your position and ask for any advice they can give you about what documentation to carry with you or the specific entry requirements of the country you are travelling to
6. Rules of a Foreign Country – Different Countries have different rules about travelling with children. Check with the relevant Embassy in the UK to check the Countries entry requirements. Some Countries may require additional documentation
7. Take documents with you that prove you have a relationship with the child, for example the child’s Birth Certificate, Adoption Certificate and marriage or divorce documents.
If you are unsure seek advice.We offer free half hour Appointments and tailored appointments to suit your specific requirements. Telephone us and speak with a member of our Family Team 01924 332395.