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Hi, this is Jim, thank you very much for the question - I will resolve this for you today.
It would really come down to how happy the children are with their Father and how often they see him. If they see him regularly and there is unlikely to be an issue but if you are more comfortable with 7 days then no problem, it sounds reasonable to me. If the kids live with you then he needs a letter of consent to take them abroad, unless there is already a court order in place. I think with the Covid issues and potential for further lockdowns, 7 days is less risky than 14 for obvious reasons. You could suggest 7 days to your husband and hope he agrees - if he doesn't then you do not need to give him a consent letter but he may then apply to the local family court for an order to let him go abroad with the children. You could oppose this application if there are good reasons and age would be a factor, as well as the fact we are dealing with a pandemic situation too (and also the fact the children may not be happy being away from you for more than 7 days). As such, I would propose 7 days to him and point out the above to him. A letter of consent simply needs to say you give your husband written consent to take your children abroad for the 7 days, specify the dates, and sign - then give him the letter.
I hope this helps - please feel free to ask me anything else.
Have a good day,Jim
Hi there, I’m just checking to see if the answer helped or if you need me to cover anything else?. Many thanks.
Thanks Emma, have a good evening. Jim.