It’s free to apply for an Order Preventing Removal.
Fill in these 2 forms: Order Preventing Removal(external link) Choose if you’re applying on notice or without notice. Choose without notice if you believe the child will be taken out of the country in the very near future. The judge will look at the application and can make the Order straightaway and the other person will get to have their say afterwards. If you apply on notice, the other person will be given the chance to respond to your application before the court decides whether to make the Order.
In the form, tell the court that taking the child out of New Zealand would breach a current Parenting Order or tell the court you have applied for a Parenting Order or are about to apply and the other person is about to take the child overseas to prevent you getting day-to-day care or contact under an Order.
In the form, tell the court why you believe the child may be removed. For example, the other parent may have booked travel tickets, applied for a passport for the child or said they will take the child overseas with them.
If the Order Preventing Removal is made, a border alert will be entered into the Border Alert System. This means that when the child’s details are checked on the Customs system at any New Zealand sea port or airport, the child can be stopped from leaving the country.