With the Borders slowly opening up, many clients ask the question: can I travel with my child into another state or territory in Australia without the knowledge and/or consent of the other parent?
The answer will depend on what your Order or Agreement says. In the absence of a formal agreement in place the answer is yes.
While technically there might be nothing “illegal” in travelling interstate without the other parent’s knowledge and/or consent, is it good “co-parenting”? In our view the answer would be no.
Communication is the key to maintaining a good co-parenting relationship with a separated parent. When considering taking a step such as interstate travel without communicating this to the other parent, you should put yourself in the other parents’ shoes. How would it make you feel if you became aware after the fact that your child had travelled to the other side of the country during holidays? Or even worse, what if something happens to the child while you are away? We are not suggesting that parents need to seek the other parent’s consent to travel interstate, however communicating that this is happening will help to maintain a good co-parenting relationship with the other parent.
If you are having trouble communicating or reaching an agreement regarding parenting matters, contact one of our experienced Family Lawyers today for an appointment.