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Precautions for parents when children travel with exes

International travel, which has become increasingly accessible in modern life, can be a wonderful experience, and cultural exposure and personal growth are things that most parents would like to maximize in the lives of their children. But divorce Georgia parents may be right to be wary when their children travel with an ex.

It can be nearly impossible to enforce a custody agreement in some foreign jurisdictions, and a noncustodial parent could conceivably travel with a child to a foreign country and then attempt to evade the reach of U.S. law by remaining there. Increasingly, parents are seeking protection in the form of a ne exeat bond, which is a type of surety bond designed to guarantee that the traveling parent will abide by the terms of the custody agreement.

A court may require the traveling parent to post such a bond, and to detail the travel itinerary as part of the process, before leaving. The amount of the bond is the estimated cost to pursue international legal action should the traveling spouse attempt to violate the child custody order. A parent may also want to alert the U.S. State Department and consult an attorney if an ex-spouse intends to travel internationally with the children.

Parents who enroll their children in the State Department's Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program will be notified if a passport application is submitted on behalf of one of their kids. A divorce attorney may be able to explain the rights a parent has to prevent an ex-spouse from traveling internationally with the kids or may be able to file an emergency motion to prevent such travel. It may also be possible to secure a court order requiring periodic communication with the children, via telephone or Skype, for example, while they are traveling internationally.

Source: Forbes, "Take Precautions Before Your Children Travel Internationally With Your Ex-Husband", Jeff Landers, May 06, 2014

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