Our expert says:
Family law expert
A parent's consent (if he is also a guardian of the child) is required to apply for a passport for a child and to remove the child from the Republic. If one parent unreasonably withholds his consent then the court can be approached. The court can be approached on an urgent basis and once the matter is heard, the court will make a ruling and possibly a cost order against your ex.
If the court rules in favour of the parent who wants to take the child on holiday, the requirement of consent from the other parent will be dispensed with and the court will consent for the child to travel.
If the refusing parent is found by the court to be unreasonable in withholding his/her consent then that party may be forced to pay the legal costs incurred by the other parent.
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