Cumming, GA asked in Child Custody and International Law for Georgia

Q: Is a primary custodian able to keep a child in the US when the non-custodial parent moves out of the country?

There is a parenting plan in place that says the child cannot internationally travel without both parent's permission. The non-custodial parent recently gave up joint custody to move out of the country and wants the child to be able to travel to Europe. The custodial parent is aware of the Hague Convention but is still concerned of what could happen if the non-custodial parent didn't return the child or how long the judicial process would take.

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V. Joy Edwards
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: If your paperwork says both parents have to agree and one parent does not, then the child should not travel outside of the country

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