Q: Any avenues to over-ride a father's refusal to allow his 13 year old to travel with mom out of country?
Mom has primary custody. Share legal guardianship. 3 months notice and full itinerary given.
Delaware County, PA
A: Yes. Get a lawyer, and file a petition with the court to modify custody to allow the trip because it is good for the child due to family connections, cultural expansion, religious reasons, or other benefits to the child. Be sure to read any prior custody agreements or orders first. Forget it if the country visited is near or will not restrict travel to a country that hasn't signed The Hague Convention on Abduction.
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