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You will have to get a court order and then show the order to the passport office.
Or you can try and get one under special circumstances.
It is best you apply in the court at the same time.
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It can cost up to $10,000.00 if the father is going to fight it.
But if you notify him that if he refuses to sign you will go to court and seek an order and costs against him you will be able to ask for him to pay your costs.
Your solicitor can assist in drafting the letter so you can get back your costs when you win.
The majority of these applications are successful and the court does award costs against the parent that refuses to sign.
Under the passport Act a child is under the age of 18 and until they are 18 they need both parents to consent.
Only of you have a court order or can show special circumstances can you get a passport with one parent not signing.
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