We can draft the relevant Travel Consent Form for your signature and can swear and witness the signature on such forms.
Because of increasing instances of child abduction in custody cases and a growing number of children who are victims of trafficking and pornography, an immigration officer, airline or travel company may ask you to provide a Travel Consent Form if your child is traveling internationally with only one parent or with another adult, such as a grandparent, uncle or aunt.
In an effort to prevent international child abduction , many governments have initiated special procedures for minors at entry and exit points to their countries. These often include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian (s), not present. Having such documentation on hand may facilitate entry or departure. To be of full effect, this document should be sworn and signed before a Notary Public Lawyer.
"Sole Custody" means that only one parent or guardian has the right to make decisions affecting the child. "Joint Custody" means that both parents have the right to participate in making these kinds of decisions. Parents may have Joint Custody even if the child resides with only one parent.
If you are a single parent (by divorce), in addition to the travel Consent Form which must be signed by the Notary Public Lawyer, you will require the long version of the Birth Certificate and a copy of your Custody Order, Judgment or equivalent.
If you are one parent traveling alone with your child, you need the Travel Consent Form to be signed by the absent parent. The Travel Consent Form must include the absent parent's address, telephone number, authorisation to travel, the destination and length of stay.
Travel Consent Forms which are sworn and signed before a Notary Public are required for single parents (by divorce)and minor children to travel to France, Spain, Germany, Australia, China, The Dominican Republic, Japan, Canada, Chile, Dubai, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Mexico, United States of America and Vietnam to name a few.
You can’t move children to Canada, ex-wife is told
A “devoted” father has successfully stopped his divorced wife from moving to Canada with their children in a landmark case that will give hope to hundreds of parents a year whose children are taken abroad.
The July, 2011 ruling of the English Court of Appeal will make it far harder for one parent to take his or her children to live in another country, causing anguish to the one left behind.
It reverses ten years of practice by the courts in which judges tended to allow parents to move abroad on the ground that, if forced to stay, would be unhappy and children would suffer.
In future, if parents share the care of their children, courts will be far more reluctant to grant permission for a move abroad. A parent can remove children permanently from England and Wales only with the consent of the other parent or by a court order.
There are more than 1,000 cases a year in which a parent usually the mother, gets permission from the courts to leave the country with the children after divorce.
The court’s ruling is a radical, thought - provoking decision and a victory for common sense.
The parents in the case are bankers in their 40s who have two young daughters. The mother applied to return to her native Canada after the marriage broke down.
A judge ruled in February that she could, although he acknowledged that the father was “devoted to his two little girls”, who were aged 4 and 2 had been spending five nights in every fortnight with him.
Overturning that decision after the husband appealed, the Appeal Court said the judge had not balanced the pros and cons. The Court of Appeal urged the parents to consider mediation, and to explore an immediate future in this jurisdiction, flowing into a planned future move to Canada.
This will encourage fathers to seek shared care in any case where there is an international element, because fathers – or – mothers – will not want their children to move to the other side of the world.
To have a Travel Consent Form prepared , please either complete our online enquiry form or contact us on +44 (0) 20 3178 5780 for more information.