If you are travelling internationally with a child without both parents, and you don’t have a Court Order providing that you are allowed to travel without the consent of the other parent, it is always advised that you travel with a Travel Consent Letter.
This letter is a document that can be provided to customs officials to advise them that you have consent to travel with the child or children. The Canadian Government has a great form on their website and it can be found here:
Please note that we always suggest getting the travel consent form notarized by a Notary Public to ensure that you will be able to travel. If you need a Notary Public please contact us and we would be pleased to help.
Generally, most parties get travel consent orders signed without issue, however, if your spouse does not consent to the travel letter, a court application will be necessary to ensure you are able to travel. Best practice is to ask for the consent letter early to ensure there is time to bring an application if required.
Allison Ross is an Associate Lawyer and Notary Public with Rowanoak Law Office LLP