The U.S. Census Bureau reported that, as of 2011, 11.4 million married-couple households, or 21 percent of all married-couple households in America had at least one spouse born in another country. About 13 percent (7.3 million) of households had two foreign-born spouses, and 7 percent (4.1 million) had one native-born and one foreign-born spouse. With those numbers likely going up, along with it comes serious implications involving children, especially those involved in legal separation or divorce.
Taking Children Out of the Country
Generally, taking a minor child outside the country is not an issue if you have proper documentation to show the child is yours. In these ordinary cases, either parent may temporarily remove a minor child or children from the state and even travel with them outside the country for a vacation, family visit or other reasons. All that is necessary is for the parent to provide the other parent information as to where he or she is taking the child or children, how long they will be gone, and contact information.
Where things get complicated is when you are legally separated, going through divorce, or you are already divorced. In these situations, a parent attempting take a minor child outside the country must make sure they are doing so in compliance with Illinois family law statutes, as well as any other laws that may come into play, especially kidnapping laws. These regulations are in place to prevent international child abduction, as well as to ensure full protection and enforcement of a child custody order....