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Travel Consent Letters

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If you and your former spouse have joint custody of your children, or if your former spouse has sole custody of your child or children, you will need a notarized travel consent of you want to travel with the children outside of the country.

Your child may also need a notarized travel consent if he or she is traveling alone or with friends, relatives, or a group.

This document is not legally required in Canada, but it can simplify the travel process when crossing borders (or even when returning to Canada).

The Government of Canada provides a frequently asked questions about consent letter which you can access here (http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/children/faq). It also provides a sample travel consent form which you can access here (http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/children/consent-letter).
Regardless of the form of the consent, you want to include the following information, then have your signature, and the signature of your ex-spouse notarized:

  • The children’s full names and birth dates;
  • Their passport numbers;
  • The legal names of the traveling child’s parents;
  • The purpose of their trip, destination, and contact information including name address and telephone number for their accommodations;
  • The child’s transportation carrier information (airline, flight number, departure and arrival time)
  • The name and contact information for any adult traveling with them;
  • Their departure date and return date

If you need some assistance completing a travel consent letter, or if you need information about whether you require a travel consent letter, you should speak with a family law lawyer.

About the Author

Michelle has been practicing exclusively in the area of family law since her call to the bar in 2012. She focuses on all areas of family law.

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