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Sophie - posted on 08/20/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am having trouble with the ex not signing a passport for our son.
He doesn't call my son, he has visited him 2 times in 4 years and I am the bad guy???

What am I supposed to do? We have a trip over seas planned but he is being a monumental pain!

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Jodi - posted on 08/21/2013

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In Australia, I know that even though I have full legal custody, I still can't get a passport without his father's permission. The process here, if a parent won't sign, is to file in the court to have the court give permission. It is a simple form, and can generally be resolved fairly quickly.

Kristi - posted on 08/20/2013

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Do you have full LEGAL and physical custody and proof of that on a court order? If so, you shouldn't need his signature. If the government says otherwise, you may have to consult an attorney. Grrr.

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Sophie - posted on 08/21/2013

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Thank you Jodi. I am going through the court now. I have all the paper work, including the AVO. I have character references from a few people. It's just so painful that a guy doesn't contribute to his child's life but still has 'rights' to stop us from moving forward.
Arg.

Kristi - posted on 08/20/2013

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You have no idea how much I feel your pain! : p
I hope that works out!

Sophie - posted on 08/20/2013

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Thanks Kristi.
I do have the court papers.
I know I'm not doing anything wrong, I am so sick of fighting, you know?

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