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Can I prevent my ex from getting our daughter a passport?

by Christopher
(Jacksonville, FL USA)

Question: My ex-girlfriend and I have a 4-year-old daughter. We have joint custody and my daughter lives at her house primarily. Our daughter has my last name and I am on the birth certificate. We also have a judgment establishing paternity, visitation, etc.

My ex has given me many reasons to be concerned that she should not take our daughter out of the country because of the many attempts to isolate me from our daughter and keep my visitation at a minimum. However, the courts have prevented her from prevailing and I have a great relationship with our daughter.

Would it be a bad idea for me to deny signing the passport application if I am not comfortable? I don't want to appear to be difficult; however, I don't want our daughter out of the country either. Also, if I refuse to sign, can she take another route to get the passport without my consent?

Answer: One thing you can do is to sign up for the Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program. If someone submits an application for a passport for your daughter, then you would be alerted to the fact.

If a passport application is executed on behalf of a child entered into CPIAP, the parent who requested the alert will receive notification of the passport application and will generally receive 30 days to consent or object to issuance of the passport.

Click the link to download the CPIAP entry form

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