As many people have found out, traveling while in the midst of divorce proceedings, or even afterwards, can be a tricky affair. This is especially true when there are children involved and/or disputes about who should have custody of the kids. Not taking the proper precautions and violating any court orders can carry serious consequences in California, and your custody/visitation rights could be placed jeopardy.
Despite these hurdles, there are a variety of valid reasons for taking an international trip. Depending on your specific circumstances, your trip might be no issue at all. To help clear the air, this post provides tips on what to know about traveling abroad during and after divorce proceedings. Keep in mind that this is meant to be a general overview and every situation is unique. For legal advice that is personalized to your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Law Office of James P. White.
Ensuring that your International Trip is Legal and Allowed
Follow these steps when verifying whether you’re in the clear about any upcoming international trips, particularly in regards to divorce proceedings in California:
- Carefully review your court order: You should start by reviewing your court order to verify that you are allowed to take your children along on international trips. If there are any stipulations blocking you from doing so, you can always ask for permission.
- Request permission: In many cases, both parents need to be onboard before one of them can take a child to a trip abroad. The best way to increase your chances of being allowed to take the trip is to fill everyone in on the details and formally ask for permission. It’s important to get the other person’s consent in writing.
- Get all documents in order: Provided that your upcoming trip is legal, the next step is for you to collect all relevant documents, including passports and other travel documents.
Talk to an Experienced Family Law Attorney in CA
We hope this post helped erase some doubts and answer some questions about this often-complicated topic. For more in-depth assistance and to consult with a knowledgeable divorce attorney about this and other matters, remember that we at the Law Office of James P. White can help!
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