Many parents will be traveling this holiday season, visiting friends and family across the country. If you’re traveling with your child, check out the California Pregnant and Parenting Youth Guide to be sure that you adhere to certain guidelines.
If you have a custody order:
If your order has travel rules, you must follow them. The order will say where you can travel with your child, and whether you need the other parent’s permission.
If you do not have a custody order and have not asked the court for one:
You may travel anywhere in the United States, but you should let the other parent know so he or she does not accuse you of kidnapping.
If you asked the court for a custody order but do not have it yet: You may not travel outside of California without the other parent’s written permission or a court order.
Important! If you want to travel without following these rules, you must get
- written permission from the other parent, or
- a court order that allows your travel plans.
You must follow the court’s travel orders. If you do not, you could be charged with kidnapping.
Check out the “Custody, Visitation, and Travel” section of the Guide for more information about traveling with your child.