As the holidays approach, you may be planning to take your minor child or children to visit relatives who live out of state. If you share custody, there are a few things you will need to consider.
When planning any trip with a minor child, this is a smart place to start, advises the co-parenting site Our Family Wizard. Look for any stipulations pertaining to traveling, including:
The best practice in all cases is to obtain signed consent from the other parent for all travel plans. Even if not expressly required by your parenting agreement, and even if your former spouse has verbally consented, having the agreement in writing can help to avoid misunderstandings.
What questions and concerns do they have about the trip itself?
Will any of the travel dates impact their regularly scheduled parenting time? If your travel plans reduce the agreed-on number of days they will have with their child, it’s also wise to put in writing how the time will be made up and rebalanced.
What if the other parent won’t agree? If you feel the trip is vitally important, discuss options with your attorney. Otherwise, try to think long-term. It may be better to plan a trip that falls within your scheduled parenting time than to press the issue to the point that it creates or renews major conflict between you and your ex.
For travel within the U.S., children under 18 do not need a passport or other identification. You and your co-parent, however, will want to document:
Finally, look forward to having a fun adventure traveling with your kids. Spending time and having new experiences together create memories that will last forever.
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