When considering booking a holiday there are many considerations to think of.
Often a consideration is whether you require the consent of the other parent to take the child abroad. The answer is simple, if the other parent shares parental responsibility for the child then their consent is required, or an order of the court. Also check the requirements of the country that you are planning to visit.
If the consent is unreasonably withheld, then an application can be made to the court, which will usually be given as a holiday is usually deemed to be in the child’s best interest.
If a Child Arrangement Order (previously a Residence Order) is in force that specifies that the child lives with them then that parent can take the child out of the jurisdiction for up to 28 days without the other parent’s consent, or further order from the court.
Don’t leave it to late to think about this, seek advice early and act early to ensure that the holiday can go ahead.
Trethowans offer a free half hour initial consultation should you require any advice or assistance in family matters. Please call the office on 023 8032 1000 or 01962 670677 to book your appointment.