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Is there a court order in place?
On the basis that there is not a court order in place and you both have parental responsibility for the child then she should get your permission to take the child out of the country otherwise it can technically be abduction. If you trust that she will return to the country at the end of the holiday then it would be appropriate to provide her with permission and it is usually that this is in writing. It can also help where the child has a different surname to the mother as some airports/visa departments require same. Happy to discuss and please rate positive.
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The letter really just needs to confirm that you have agreed for the mother to take the child out of the country. It is helpful of course if you set out the specific dates and also where they are going. If she does not return the child then you would need to make an application to the court for a specific issue order for the return of the child. This can of course get quite complicated if she has no intention of genuinely returning the child (there is an excellent book on the topic available on amazon on this topic - I have attached a link to make it easier for you - its about a tenner - https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/How-Represent-Yourself-Family-Court-understanding-resolving/147211910X) . If as he is late back then it could technically be abduction but if she has any sense she would contact you and tell you what is going on in an adult fashion (the flight is delayed, etc). I hope that helps and please rate. I can still answer questions post rating.
I take it from what you have said that he is habitually resident in the UK
Then at present she is habitually resident in the UK, which means it does not alter what I have said above.
Just come back to me.
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The letter should give very specific dates.
If she does not return to the Uk with the children then please be aware that there is no point in making an application to the UK courts.
You will have to make an application in Germany and should that happen you can get help from the charity
Germany has a bad record for returning children under The Hague Convention on Child Abduction.
I suggest that you discuss matters with Reunite tomorrow
I suggest that you call Reunite in the morning before you do anything at all
Technically it is neeed - in practise it is only necessary where it is likely there will be a dispute
Not if you keep short and refer to the expected return date
Some countries are getting tighter on travel permission - the Uk is not one of them.
She may have been hoping that you would write a vague letter!
You had me worried there.
Be sure to make it clear that this is a holiday and you are expecting the child home!
No need for official templates
"I agree to you taking xxx to Germany for four days returning on xxx"