If the trip conflicts with his visitation then you will need his permission. If that's the case, I strongly suggest working with him to adjust the schedule and make sure he gets his parenting time in another way.
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Yes, you may have an issue, but you will be fine if you bring a full copy of your Judgment of Divorce (if you were married) or Custody Order (if you were not married) to the airport for explanation. The trip cannot conflict with Father's visitation unless he is okay with rescheduling the visitation date(s).
Yes, if the trip would interfere with his visitation time. If you do have an order & wish for the Court to give you permission to take the trip, file a modification petition. If you don't have an order, file a petition for custody. For a full assessment, schedule a consultation with a NYC Child Custody lawyer.
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No, you don't need the father's "permission" to travel with your child. You do need the father's permission or a court order to take any action that interferes with the father's visitation time. As a courtesy, give the father your contact info so he can reach you in case of emergency and as much other info about your travel as he requests within reason; however, if you think he is going to harass you or otherwise interfere with your travel plans, you are not required to give him specific info about your flights, etc. A good guideline is to simply consider what info you would want/need if he were the one doing the traveling because one day he may be... Good luck!
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When in doubt go to court to modify the current order of visitation.
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