Whether it be due to parental work relocation, family associations or simply a holiday, it may sometimes be necessary for children to be taken abroad short or long term. If more than one person has parental responsibility over a child, they all need to agree on allowing the child to be removed from the United Kingdom. If you cannot all agree then you can apply to the court for permission. If you have a residence order in your favour, you will usually be able to take your child away for up to 28 days on holiday outside of the United Kingdom.
If you do not have a residence order in your favour and you take your child out of the country for any amount of time without the agreement of all people with parental responsibility, it may count as child abduction. These measures are put in place to protect the child from being taken out of the jurisdiction of the UK courts. They are not to stop the child from being taken on holidays, which can usually be agreed by those with parental responsibility.
We can help you establish if you have permission to remove your child from the UK for a holiday or longer. If you are worried about your child being removed from the UK without your permission in the future, we can help you in resolving that matter. If you have parental responsibility and think that your child may be in immediate danger of being removed from the UK without your permission, please talk to the police.