As an adult, you are probably accustomed to traveling whenever you want,
however, if you share custody of a child, going out of state can be a
little more tricky. Depending on your child custody plan, a parent may
have to ask permission before leaving the state or country with a child
and there may be restrictions on how long they can go on vacation.
If your ex-spouse wants to take your child on an out-of-state vacation,
here are a few things you should do:
Make sure your ex asks for permission, if necessary. Certain child custody plans and state laws require a parent to notify
the other before going on an out-of-state vacation. Make sure you have
been asked for permission before your ex leaves the state.
Get the vacation plan in writing. Requiring proof of the vacation puts responsibility on your ex-spouse
to adhere to their original plan. If they don’t, you can use the
proof to settle matters in court.
Ask your ex for an itinerary. A detailed plan for their vacation can put you at ease and allow you to
act accordingly in case of an emergency. Ask for dates, destination spots,
hotel contact information, addresses, emergency numbers and flight numbers
Collect contact information. Grab as much contact information as needed, which may include the phone
numbers of other members of the trip or the people your ex and child are
visiting in another state.
Request an order from the court. If your spouse refuses to talk to you and the vacation is not allowed according
to your parenting plan, you can petition the court for a modification
of custody to stop the vacation.
If you are uncertain about your child custody plan, you should consult
with one of our
Longmont family law lawyers at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. Our firm can provide dedicated,
effective representation for all your family law matters, including child
custody, child visitation and child support.
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