U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > World
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 02-05-2013, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
42,668 posts, read 71,523,609 times
Reputation: 35864

Advertisements

Has anyone had any actual experience traveling internationally as a single parent with children? The "rule" is that an accompanying child with one parent must have a notarized letter authorizing travel from the other parent, or a death certificate of the other parent.

What actual experiences have you had in this respect? How strictly is this enforced?

I have had only one experience with this, my girl friend and her 8-year-old daughter, going by car to Mexico. No questions were asked, we simply filled out the usual papers and got our tourist cards and proceeded.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-05-2013, 11:25 AM
 
12,627 posts, read 12,065,272 times
Reputation: 17272
My wife asked her friends about this, they travel internationally (one parent) with their kids and never heard of this.

But while the US may not require it, another country may require this to enter.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2013, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
42,668 posts, read 71,523,609 times
Reputation: 35864
Quote:
Originally Posted by boxus View Post
My wife asked her friends about this, they travel internationally (one parent) with their kids and never heard of this.

But while the US may not require it, another country may require this to enter.
As I understand it, the USA was the primary motivator of this international treaty, to prevent non-custodial parents in the US from removing their own children from the country without the blessings of the courts. The US does not regulate the departure of citizens, so Washington has put pressure on other countries to enforce American custody orders on arriving children. It has probably had little effect, because the countries in which this has been a problem are not signatory to the treaty. Airlines are usually the most vigorous enforcers, because they are held responsible for any passenger they board who doesn't meet entry requirements at the destination.

Within the USA, it is actually a criminal offense for one custodial parent to even take the child across a state line without the consent of the other parent, but a prosecution depends on a demonstration that the parent had the intent of depriving the other parent of custodial control.

Last edited by jtur88; 02-05-2013 at 12:19 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-05-2013, 01:49 PM
 
2,214 posts, read 3,749,666 times
Reputation: 1916
I (and my ex-wife) have traveled by car between Canada and the US many times. We always carry a consent letter from the other parent but no customs officer has ever asked for it, or ever mentioned anything about it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-09-2013, 02:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
33,542 posts, read 51,750,301 times
Reputation: 82961
I traveled with my son all over Europe (in 80's), many times since he was 3 y.o., I took my son to the US few times before we decided to stay here - no one ever asked me for my ex-husband/his father permission.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > World
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top