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Going abroad

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If you are considering leaving Denmark with your child, you must make sure that you can do so lawfully.

If you have joint custody

If an application for modification of custody or residence has been submitted to the State Administration, and the parents have joint custody, neither parent is allowed to leave Denmark with the child. However, the following exceptions apply:

  • The other parent has given his or her consent.
  • The State Administration has made a decision on going abroad during custody proceedings under the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility.
  • The court has issued a judgment on residence abroad under the Danis Act on Parental Responsibility.

If you have sole custody

If you have sole custody, you are allowed to go abroad on holiday with your child even if the other parent objects to it. The reason is that the person having custody is entitled to determine where and in which country the child is to reside.

If you do not have custody

If you do not have custody, you are not allowed to take the child with you abroad. However, the following exceptions apply:

  • The other parent has given his or her consent.
  • The State Administration has decided that you are allowed to take your child abroad with you in connection with access.
  • The court has issued a judgment allowing you to take your child abroad with you in connection with access.