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Custodial parents decides if children can go leave country?

Situation: Two parents are divorced and the dad has custody of all the children. Every other weekend the children go spend the weekend with their mom. The children wants to go on a cruise to the bahamas and the dad said yes , they have his consent. Do they have to ask their mom also if they can go on the cruise? Or is dads answer enough?

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  • 8 years ago
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    If they are in the United States, they do not need a passport to go on a cruise to the Bahamas so the other parent really does not have to give permission. However, it may be stipulated in the divorce documents/custody decree that the other parent must be notified and/or consent to any trips out of the country, in which case doing so without such notification/permission would be violating the court order.

    EDITED TO ADD: Also, legal and physical custody are two separate issues. One parent is going to have physical custody but both parents usually share legal custody.

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  • 8 years ago

    Since the dad has custody, I think that he can give them permission to go. He doesn't have to ask the mom, but he probably should, as they are her children too. However, if this is on the weekend that she is supposed to have the kids, then you would probably need to ask her.....

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  • 8 years ago

    Sounds right, but I don't really know. "They have his consent." They aren't going by themselves, are they? Be kind and show the kids that their mother is important and ask her.

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