How do i get proof of sole custody for passport for my daughter?

Kimberly - posted on 09/19/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I'm a single unwed mom of a 12 year old girl and a 14 year old boy. I want to get passports for my children to travel over the border to Canada. My son i can get a passport for as he has my last name and his father was never listed on the birth certificate. My daughter on the other hand has my last name but her father's name on her birth certificate due to child support doing a paternity test when she was 3 weeks old and due to that they say i have to either have custody papers to prove that i have sole custody of her or to get his signature. i never went to court because i was always told single unwed moms in ohio have sole custody unless a court deems otherwise so i have no such custody papers. I've not seen him since i was three months pregnant and gave me he choice between him or keeping my baby, it's kinda obvious the choice i made i tried to contact him shortly after her birth he old me he didn't want to know anything about her that was my choice not his ...he's never attempted to have any sort of contact with her in her entire life so if i can avoid having to track him down for a signature would probably be best as i have no clue where he is now. So trying to figure out best way to get proof of custody

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Tere - posted on 09/19/2013

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Call a Family law attorney, even he pays child support it could be considered
abandoment if you can not find him. And it may be fairly easy to get full custody in
court at a reasonable fee. A judge may issue a grant for passport with your case.While
pending final out come. Or at 16 you only need one parents signature to get the
passport. My daughter went through the exact same situation. The court will get his signature you will not have to get it, and if they cannot find him they should not hold you up. However bad news is it probally will not be free for attorney. So try Legal Aid first.

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