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Old 08-06-2009, 14:34   #16
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No child support from him. I would have the courts on his back, and use that as leverage.......i2f

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Old 11-06-2009, 07:42   #17
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I have been a "single-parent" for a 8 1/2 years. I say "single-parent" in that I am divorced and raise my son jointly with his mother, but we do not live together or parent together. We are on the same page about how to shape his character and foster his joy for life.

I thought I would join in on this discussion because it was my hope to take him on an boating adventure this summer and was looking for another family to sail with. Some people tell me it is a crazy idea, but I am not so sure. I know that, despite how much I love my son, I am not as fun as another child. We always bring friend's children along with us when we can because it makes for a more balanced relationship. This summer, the dream is to find a family cruising the Caribbean who might like to share the ride in exchange for service, maintance, or money, or all of the above.

I think this can happen, but people must be persuaded to look into who we are and what we have to offer. It would be an honour to share Luca with the right people because he is just awesome. No joke!

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We'de love to make this happen.

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Old 11-06-2009, 08:21   #18
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Originally Posted by TaoJones View Post
... You wouldn't need their father's permission to get them their US passports....
Special Passport Requirements for Minor Children

As of July 2, 2001, as provided by Public Law 106-113, Section 236, both parents are required to execute the passport application for a minor child under age 14. Please refer to our flyer U.S. Passport Applications for Children Under Age 14 for further information. If you believe that your child, no matter his or her age, may be abducted internationally, immediately contact the Office of Children's Issues and inform appropriate law enforcement officials. Information regarding the issuance of a passport to a minor is available to either parent, regardless of custody rights, as long as the requesting parents' rights have not been terminated.
Special Requirements for Children Under Age 16

It is a requirement of the Australian Passports Act 2005 that before a passport may be issued to a child (anyone under 18 years who has never married) the written consent of all people with parental responsibility for the child is needed...
In most cases people with parental responsibility are the natural parents named on the child's full birth certificate; their parental responsibility can only be removed by an Australian court.
Where a father is not named on a child's birth certificate but has formally acknowledged paternity by signing a document to this effect, he has parental responsibility for the purposes of the Australian Passports Act 2005 and is required to provide consent prior to issue of a passport.
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I was just going to add that I had to have my ex sign for my kids passports. They dont want one parent to leave the country with out the other parents consent. I think that would be kidnapping. IIRC
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:58   #20
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I stand corrected - thank you for binging me up to speed, Gord and Badsanta. I wonder, in a situation such as FirePitt's, where the father is in another country and she cannot locate him, does that provide extenuating circumstances?

Actually, I doubt it, as that would be a far-too-easy way around the restriction. Thanks again for putting me straight.

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Fire pit needs to give up here and go see an attorney or barrister in whatever country that presides over her situation. She has not provided enough infomation as vague as it is for anyone to make an intelligent comment on this. She needs real legal advice. Fire Pit does not want to become the bad guy. You can still cruse without leaving the country. My best wishes for her.
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GO! Don't ask for permission, if challenged beg for forgiveness. I have taken my two daughters over many boarders (at least ten different countries) and I was never challenged until I was returning to the US. US Customs questioned my daughters because for some reason a father traveling with his daughters is strange. They only asked then if their mother knew we had left the country. All cool, I mean what are they going to do deny us return to our native land!
I now have full custody of my daughters so when we travel to foreign destinations, I carry a copy of my court docs naming me as the caretaker.
If you have a court doc, no matter the arrangement, carry it. It will get you through. They will not ask you to leave!
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