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How can i get sole custody if father of my child has been absent for 9 years but i have no idea of where he has been?

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Washington state

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

I had filed child support in 2008 but case was closed in 2012

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It mostly concerns me because i want to obtain her passport

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Family Lawyer: Gerald-Esquire, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

You can file the Petition for Custody based on Abandonment.

When you file the Petition you will ask the Court for permission to serve your ex by "Alternative Service." To do this you will assert to the Court that his whereabouts are unknown. You will ask for permission to publish a legal notice to establish Notice to your ex. You may also consider asking the Court to terminate his parental rights.

Washington State Legal Aid can assist you with this at little cost is income is an issue.

Otherwise, you should be able to find the forms you need here:

https://www.courts.wa.gov/forms/?fa=forms.static&staticID=14

Here are additional resources for your review:

http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=13.34.132

http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=13.34.180

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=388-15-011

http://info.legalzoom.com/difference-between-filing-full-custody-abandonment-21728.html

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