Is there anyway to get a passport for my child without their father's notarized statement?
(Green Bay, Wisconsin)
Question: I'm planning on taking my two kids to Canada to visit my boyfriend's family in a few months. Their dad and I are not civil so when asked by his parents to get a notarized statement to allow them to go he refuses.
I have primary custody and he has visitation upon reasonable time and manner. He sees the kids maybe 2-4 times a month at his parents house. He's only saying no because we have not been getting along for several months so I dropped contact with him and go through his parents for anything. Is there anyway I can get their passport without him signing for it?Answer:
A notarized consent form from the father is required for each minor child to get a passport unless you have sole legal custody. If you have sole legal custody and can submit evidence of such, then the father's consent is not required.
Note, minors are not required to present passports to enter Canada
or return to the United States by land. You can present their birth certificates and a photo ID. However, the Canada Border Service Agency requires one parent traveling with a minor to present notarized consent from the non-traveling parent. Therefore, even if you do not need the consent to get the passports, you do need it to travel in Canada.
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