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Considerations for international travel with children

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2023 | Child Custody

Planning international travel with your children after a divorce can be a rewarding experience for everyone involved, but it also requires careful consideration and planning. Before making any travel plans, consult your custody agreement to ensure you are not violating any terms or conditions.

Some parenting plans may have restrictions on international travel, such as requiring the other parent’s permission or imposing limitations on the duration of the trip. If necessary, discuss your plans with your ex-spouse and reach an agreement that is in the best interest of your children.

Obtain the necessary documentation

When traveling internationally, you’ll need to have valid passports for your children. Additionally, some countries may require a notarized letter of consent from the other parent, indicating that they agree to the trip. Be sure to research the specific requirements for your destination and allow ample time to gather all necessary documents.

Communicate with your ex-spouse

Open communication with your ex-spouse is essential when planning international travel with your children. Share your itinerary, including details about flights, accommodations, and contact information, so that they are informed about your plans. This will help establish trust and provide your ex-spouse with a sense of security knowing they can reach you and the children in case of an emergency.

Encourage communication

Make sure your children stay in touch with the other parent during your trip. This can be done through phone calls or video chats. Maintaining regular communication will help ease any feelings of homesickness and ensure that your ex-spouse feels connected to the children.

By keeping these factors in mind, you can plan a successful international trip with your children after your divorce. Prioritize open communication with your ex-spouse, ensure all legal requirements are met, and focus on creating a memorable and enjoyable experience for your children.