1. Tell your partner about your travel plans

If your child is under 18 years old, and if your partner has or rights, tell your partner about your plans well before your trip to see if they are okay with your plans. Decision-making responsibility and parenting time used to be called and .

This gives you enough time to make changes to your travel plans if your partner wants you to change some things before they give you permission.

It also gives you time to make changes to your partner’s parenting time schedule if needed. Think about whether you can give them more time to spend with your child later.

Give your partner all your travel details like:

  • why you are travelling
  • where you are going
  • when you will be leaving and returning
  • how you are travelling – by plane, car, bus, etc.
  • who is going on the trip
  • where you are staying
  • emergency contact numbers
  • how your partner can get in touch with your child while you are away
  • how missed parenting time will be made up

If you already have a , , or on traveling with your child, check it for any special rules. For example, you might have to give written notice to your partner or give notice of summer travel plans a certain number of days before you travel.

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