Can my minor children get passports without their fathers consent?
by Ann Marie
(Paramus, NJ. Bergen)
Question: I have sole custody of my 2 children ages 13 & 10. Their father has made no effort to see them in over 6 years. Can they still get their passports without him being present or without his consent?
I have a permanent restraining order against him, but there are no restrictions to seeing his children. He has just chosen not to. Last we knew he lived in Hackensack, New Jersey--10 minutes from the kids and me.
My 13-year-old daughter has expressed to me that she would like to take a cruise from my brother's in Florida to the Bahamas. But a passport is needed to do so.
I appreciate your response in advance.Answer:
If you have sole legal custody of your children and have the document to prove it, then your children do not need the consent of their father in order to obtain their passports.
For a list of application requirements and a list of documents you can submit to prove sole custody, click the link below.Apply for a Child's Passport
Be aware, it takes 4-6 weeks to process passport applications. Requests for expedited services are done in 2-3 weeks. If your daughter needs the passport sooner, you must apply at a regional agency that serves New Jersey or through a professional expediter. For more information click the link below.Philadelphia Passport AgencyGet Child's Passport Fast
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