Can a woman be deported without her child?

A woman can be deported without her child in some circumstances. Where the child is a Canadian citizen, Immigration leaves it up to the mother to decide whether or not to take her child if she is ordered to leave Canada.

But, she can take the child with her only if there is no family court order preventing this; so, if there is a court order for joint or full custody with the other parent or another individual, she cannot take the child with her.

Learn more in this FAQ on what to do when a woman is deported without her child, provided by Kristin Marshall, LL.B, past Immigration Staff Lawyer for Downtown Legal Services, Toronto.

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