When you are travelling this holiday season, do yourself and your kids a favour – get a Consent to Travel form signed by the non-travelling parent in front of a Notary Public or a Commissioner for Oaths. This is not only required for divorced/divorcing parents – it’s anytime you are travelling without the other parent (I’m married, and I’ve been asked for it every time I travel alone).
Technically, you only need this form for travel outside of Canada. If you want to do it yourself, you can go on the Transport Canada website and they have a form for you to complete – or simply type into Google (or any search engine) the phrase “Consent to Travel Canada” and a form will come up in the search. You can fill it out yourself with all the relevant details, but you need it to be notarised or commissioned to make it valid.