2 Things to consider taking children abroad post separation
If you are planning to take your children abroad this summer without the child’s other parent, you should be aware of any potential problems.
- 1. Consent
Everyone with parental responsibility must be aware and give consent to the child travelling abroad.
If you do not do this, you could find yourself facing child abduction.
Parental responsibility is automatically given to a mother and will be given to a father if named on your child’s birth certificate (if your child was born after 1 December 2003).
We advise that you travel with written consent so you can produce it if needed.
What if my ex partner refuses to give consent for holiday?
If the other parent refuses to provide consent, we can assist with an application to the Court.
The only exception is if you have a Child Arrangements Order in place confirming that the child lives with you, you can take the child on holiday for up to 28 days without permission, unless the Court Order states otherwise.
- 2. Different surnames may cause problems
Parents travelling abroad with children who do not share the same surname as them may be asked to produce additional evidence.
Whilst not having the same surname as your child is not unusual, if the parent with the same surname is not present, it may mean extra checks. You may need to provide additional evidence at security that you are the child’s parent.
Travel with these important documents
We recommend you travel with your child’s birth certificate to show you are their parent and any marriage/divorce certificates etc if your name has changed since their birth.
If you are concerned about your travel plans or any matter regarding your children, please contact our family law team who will be pleased to assist.
Initial Free advice
Legal Aid is Available*
Purely for Individuals