Michigan law provides parenting time orders shall contain a prohibition on exercising parenting time in a country that is not a party to the Hague convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction. This subsection does not apply if both parents provide the court with written consent to allow a parent to exercise parenting time in a country that is not a party to the Hague convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction (MCL § 722.27a).
The real question parents have is if they can take their children out of the country on vacation. The first rule is to look to the court orders to see if there are any restrictions as they also may prohibit international travel, but most do not.
If there are no restrictions in the court orders as to international travel, a parent may travel only to countries that are members of the Hague Convention as to Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. One common question parents have is, what countries are members of the Hague Convention as to Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction? They are:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Brazil|
|China – (Hong Kong)||China – (Macau)|
|Luxembourg||Republic of Macedonia|
|Republic of Korea||Romania|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||San Marino|
|Switzerland||Trinidad and Tobago|
|United Kingdom||United States|
|Isle of Man|