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ied53
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travel abroad

Postby ied53 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:03 pm

I am asking for a friend . She has SGO for Grandchild . The birth father has lived with her through the SGO process and he has unrestricted contact. He wants to take the child abroad on a holiday and the SG has no objections, Except they are unsure of the process. The SG will be applying for the passport. So
1.Can the birth father take the child abroad
2. Will the birth Mother have to give her consent
3.Presuming the SG will need to give a letter of consent to take the child.
Irene
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Re: travel abroad

Postby Suzie, FRG Adviser » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:59 am

Dear Irene,

The law (s14C(3) Children Act 1989) says that dad will need to get the written consents of both the special guardian (s) and mum before he can take his child abroad.
He should take the letters of consent with him, so that he can show it to the immigration officers, if asked. He could also take a copy of the birth certificate with him as well.

Here is some helpful information about permissions to take a child abroad.

If mum refuses to consent, he will need to make an application to court for a specific issue order. The courts decision will be based on what is in the best interests of the child.

I hope this helps but if you have further questions, please post back.

Best wishes,

Suzie

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Re: travel abroad

Postby ied53 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:58 am

Perfect thanks
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Re: travel abroad

Postby Tryinghard69 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:51 pm

Hi
Though to be fair, I have taken our SGO child abroad several times (she has a different surname to me, my husband and my 3 kids) and never been asked for any documentation except for her passport - this is to Europe and also to the USA and Canada.

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Re: travel abroad

Postby ied53 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:29 pm

I have travelled several times and not been asked for evidence I have also been asked for evidence .The question was the legal aspect of a bp taking the child abroad without the Special Guardian to ensure all aspects had been covered. To also prevent an accusation by the parent not going
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