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Can I get my daughter a passport since I have the final decision on legal matters?

Q: I’m a mother of a 6 yearly Old girl. The father and I have joint custody, in the fourth order that we have states that I have the final decision in legal matters of the child. The father does not want to sign the right to get her a passport only because he hates having child support. I want to visit my grandpa and grandma in Dominican Republic and they want to meet my daughter. I need help on what can I do next.

A: If you only have joint custody, then you’d need the father’s express permission or court permission regarding the passport. Thus, if the father won’t agree, then file a Petition for Modification in family Court. Schedule a consult with a Westchester Child Custody attorney for a full assessment.

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