I had to get a notarized letter from my ex-husband giving me permission to take my son out of the country. I typed the letter myself and it read something like:
I, EX HUSBANDS NAME ,ADDRESS ,DATE OF BIRTH give permission to my ex wife, MY NAME, ADDRESS AND DATE OF BIRTH permission to take our minor son ,SONS NAME, ADDRESS, DATE OF BIRTH on vacation aboard Carnival Cruise Ship Inspiration on leaving 8/15/04. I understand that the ship will be making stops at various ports and I also give my son permission to leave the ship to participate in on shore activities and tours. "
He took it to his bank and signed it and had the notary stamp it.