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What can I do if the father does not want to get the passport for our child?

(San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Question: I want to get a passport for my little daughter but her father doesn't want to cooperate in order to get her the passport. She lives with me and I have the custody. We didn't get married so we don't have any legal paper that proves my legal custody. He doesn't have any reason but just wants to give me a hard time in everything I do. He can do it but he doesn't want to cooperate with me. Do I have any legal "tool" to make him sign to get the passport?

Answer: In order to apply for a passport for your daughter without requiring the consent of the father, you must provide proof of sole legal custody.

If the father's name is given on your daughter's birth certificate, then you must submit a notarized letter of consent from him in order to get the passport. If the father's name is not on the birth certificate, then the consent form is not needed.

Another possibility is to try to obtain a court order that would allow you to get the passport for your daughter and travel with her. I recommend you consult a lawyer before proceeding with this option.

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