Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Family/Avoid Mix-Ups at Passport Control

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Family/Avoid Mix-Ups at Passport Control

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Parents travelling abroad with children who don't share the same surname are being urged to take steps to avoid their holidays being ruined.

It's not unusual for a parent to have a different surname to their offspring - but many are unaware of the problems it can cause at the airport.

A Manchester lawyer is warning mums and dads that they could 'unknowingly end up embroiled in a child abduction case, be refused past check-in, or turned away at border control' if they fail to take the right documents with them.

Being stopped, grilled - and even turned away at border control is an ordeal an estimated 600,000 parents have had to deal with.

It can be difficult for a person to prove they are a child's parent on the spot, unless they are carrying the right documents.

David Connor heads up the family department at Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall Solicitors, who have offices in Bury and Lancashire and says parents need to plan ahead to avoid being caught out.

He said: "People need to take extra caution when holidaying with children who don't share their surname as they could unknowingly end up embroiled in a child abduction case, be refused past check-in, or turned away at border control. …

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