Child custody and international travel with the other parent

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Child Custody on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Taking care of your children is a life-long responsibility for parents. If you have gone through a divorce or are going through one, determining how to protect your children during and after the divorce is likely a concern. For some parents, part of keeping the children protected deals with them traveling with their other parent. This can sometimes be challenging. Florida parents who are dealing with divorce might be interested to learn about ways to protect the children if they travel internationally with their other parent.

Anytime your child travels with the other parent, make sure you set up expectations and agreements that ensure you and your child can speak to each other. With international travel, you must take the time difference into account when determining what times would work best for phone conversations or video conferencing sessions.

One of the ways a parent can protect his or her parental rights during international travel is through a Ne Exeat bond. This bond is filed with the court and contains specific information about the trip. It is meant as a way to guarantee that the parent traveling with the child will abide by the custody agreement in place in the United States. The bond amount usually covers what it would cost you if you end up having to go through an international battle for your children.

As is the case with any matter pertaining to child custody, it is important that you put the best interests of the child first. International travel with a parent can be an enriching experience, but you must make sure your child will remain safe and come home according to the agreement you have with the other parent.

Source: Forbes.com, “Divorced Women: Take Precautions Before Your Children Travel Internationally With Your Ex-Husband” Jeff Landers, May. 06, 2014