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Hi, I’m Lea and I will be assisting you with your query today.
I am very sorry to hear about your dilemma, but will do my best to provide you with advice and guidance on what to do next. Is the other parent refusing you consent for the children to travel with you? Are there any court orders already in place for the children?
The following is useful info to assist you with the site:
So to be clear, there is no court order for the child arrangements?
If you and the other parent cannot agree on the travel arrangements you should try mediation as a first port of call; you will need to attend a MIAM at the very least before applying to court. If mediation is unsuccessful or the other parent won’t engage, the mediator will sign your form and you will be able to apply to court for a specific issues order for permission to remove the children for a holiday abroad. Had there been a joint lives with child arrangements order, each of you could have travelled with the children for up to 28 days without the consent of the other.
You do this on form C100, and the cost is £215 unless you are on a low income or benefits in which case you may be entitled to fee remission, see form EX160. The court will make a decision based on the best interests of the child.
Find a mediator here: www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk
C100 form: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/946762/c100-eng.pdf
EX160 form: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/952045/ex160-eng.pdf
E160A Notes: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/958038/ex160a-eng.pdf
It's a child arrangements order made by the court that says the children live with both of you on a 50/50 basis. You don't have it, so not really relevant to your current circumstances, but I asked you about it in order to clarify your position, so thought I'd be clear why I asked.
You're very welcome.