Can i leave the state for vacation with a custody agreement?

Amber - posted on 01/10/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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If i have a custody agreement am I still allowed to take my baby on a 5 day vacation without any issues?

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LovingMom - posted on 01/13/2012

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Hi Amber, our son was 3 when we seperated. My x and I stipulated in our divorce agreement that our son had to get his own passport (as he was just added to mine after birth), that the parent 'staying behind' must give written consent in order for our child to be able to leave the country with the other parent, that the parent can object to the trip, providing a valid reason, and if the 2 parents don't agree, an imparcial 3rd person (eg our son's psychiatrist) must be contacted for decision making (fortunately this was never necessary), that the parent taking the child on a trip had to provide the other parent with a full itinery, valid place/s of accommodation with address/es and telephone number/s (including full dialing code/s) and we also had each others email addresses. The travelling parent (and later our child) informed the other parent on arrival (if possible) at each destination and then on return back home. Any deviation from the itinary (eg flight changes, date changes, accommodation changes, etc) had to be forwarded asap. This worked very well for us. I suggest that you contact a lawyer to get peace of mind! Best of luck, and enjoy your trip!

Amber - posted on 01/10/2012

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It wont let me reply to you holly but we actually havent even gone to court yet it is still in the process i had to call social services on him and we have to deal with that before custody but it makes me feel better knowing that that is possible! thanks so much

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It depends on what your agreement states. Our said that any parent wanting tot ake thie child out of state for vacation has to let the other parent know within a certian amont of time and provide a phone number for where they are going. The other parent can object to the trip, but only if there's a valid reason (safety issues and stuff like that). Does your order specify anything like that?

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