As we approach the final weeks of the autumn school term, parents across the country are helping their children countdown to the Christmas Holiday. For some this can involve a trip overseas to visit family or have a holiday.
Any removal of a child from the jurisdiction must be done with the consent of all people who hold parental responsibility for the child. If there is a child arrangements order in place stating the child lives with one parent, that parent is able to take the child out of the country for up to 28days.
This does mean that British Ports can be cautious about children travelling with one parent, causing delays and frustration for the parent. This border checking can reduce the risk of abduction of children from the jurisdiction.
If you are planning to travel abroad, holding evidence of a court order, written consent from the other parent and birth certificates when travelling under different names, can be useful and time saving.
If you need advice about your rights or concerns you may have about the other parent removing a child without your consent, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Even if children's passports contained parents' names "it would not provide conclusive evidence to a border officer that the person accompanying the child had the right to do so or was acting in the best interest of the child".