With all the cases of one parent taking children out of the country and not returning with them, I think immigartion officials have tightened up security measures when only one parent is bringing a child out of the country. When my ex had the kids last summer and tried to cross into Canada, the border guards actually called me and I had to ok it for him to take them across. That was the first time that happened going to Canada. He was told that after that, he had to have a notarized letter from me. I've been asked for it on some cruises and not on others. I think it depends on who is checking you in. I would go to the Court and do it myself. The Courts in our area have general petition forms (fill in the blank kind). Just explain what you want and why. This isn't something I'd pay a lawyer to do either.