In today’s world, we are more connected than ever. Technology has made it possible for us to reach across the globe in an instant. This not only means that we are more connected digitally – it also means that increasingly, people are making the decision to travel internationally too – whether it is for work, or to visit family and friends, or both. If you or your co-parent have any plans to travel internationally with your children, there are some special issues you might want to consider, depending upon your circumstances.
Generally, if you are simply taking a brief vacation with your child, most of these issues will not be your concern. If, however, one parent is a foreign national, or has family with strong ties to another country, there are certain issues you might want to consider. Some of those issues include:
It may be a good idea to register your child with the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program, which is a program of the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. After you have done so, you will immediately be notified if the other parent applies for a passport for your child without your knowledge. Even if you think it unlikely that your ex-spouse might try to do so, it can never hurt to be cautious. Finally, after obtaining the passport, make sure that you keep it safe, and store it in a secure place at all times.
In an ideal world, all parents would act reasonably when taking their children abroad, and would never consider trying to subvert or sabotage a custody agreement by traveling internationally with a child against the other parent’s wishes. Unfortunately, though, it does happen, and it can never hurt to be prepared in the event that it does. If you believe that it may be a possibility that your co-parent will try to take your child to another country without your consent, it is extremely important that you consult with an attorney who understands the complexities of international custody law, and that you take all necessary precautions to keep your child safe and assert your legal rights.
If you need to speak with an experienced child custody attorney in Huntersville, contact Adkins Law to arrange a consultation with a family law attorney.