With spring break coming up this month and summer vacation creeping around the corner, lots of families are busy making travel plans. Along with sunscreen, reading materials and snacks, do not be surprised to see divorce decrees and affidavits on many traveler’s checklists. While not considered essential travel documents for most, these papers are quickly becoming as important as airline tickets and passports.
For example, some airlines require forms of authorization before one parent is allowed to take a child out of the country. It is a precautionary measure designed to aid in the fight against child abductions and may be enforced regardless as to whether the parents are married, currently separated or divorced.
Along with sunscreen, reading materials and snacks, do not be surprised to see divorce decrees and affidavits on many traveler’s checklists.
To make sure your travel plans go smoothly, consider the following tips. First: Take a copy of your divorce decree. This document can be important in showing the proper airport authorities the custody arrangement between you and your spouse. Second, to avoid any confusion as to whether or not both parents are consenting to the child going abroad, have the non-traveling parent sign an affidavit giving their permission. This document will include the names, ages, and birthdays of all traveling children, as well as the dates and destinations of travel. Third, consider giving the airline or your travel agent a call well in advance of the travel day to ask what other forms of documentation may be required.
The most important item to remember is to take it easy and have fun once you get to where you are going. Following these tips can help ensure that you actually get to your destination; it’s up to you what to do once you get there!