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Is father's signature required to get passprt for a child?

by Paulajean
(Riverside, Ca, USA)

Question: My daughter's father is not on her birth certificate, but he pays child support. Also, paternity has been established. He refuses to sign the documents to help get her passport. I have sent him the document through UPS and postal.


Thank you in advance.

Answer: Establishing paternity does not necessarily establish custody. Paying child support does not establish custody. If you have sole legal custody, then you can apply for a passport for your daughter without the consent of the father. All you need to do is present the birth certificate without the father's name on it when you submit the application.

It is possible to establish paternity with child custody, parenting time and support. If the father was granted shared custody at the time paternity was established, then you must obtain his written, notarized consent in order to apply for your daughter's passport.

Note, many countries require one parent traveling with a minor child to carry notarized consent to travel from the non-traveling parent or evidence of sole legal custody. If you travel with your daughter but without the father, you need to take the birth certificate with you to prove sole legal custody. If the father has joint custody, you need to take a notarized consent to travel form from him.

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by: Anonymous

Question: Do I need a permission from the father to get a passport for my child? My kid's dad is a Brazilian cititzen. He does not pay child support and he does not reside in America. I have tried, many times to get him to sign the needed documents, but he refuses and even gets aggressive.

Answer: If the father is listed your child's birth certificate, then his consent is required. If he refuses to provide the consent, you can contact the nearest family court to see if a judget can bypass his signature or obligate him to provide the consent. We also recommend you consult an attorney.

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