Over the weekend my children’s father was arrested and charged with armed robbery. As he was already on a 2 year suspended sentence for grievous bodily harm, this means if he is convicted he may be away for quite some time. A lot of feeling clearly. Anger, sad, relieved and anxious being just a few. I have never seeked parenting orders as I have a 5 year DVO and he has never bothered coming for custody. However now I want to get my daughter a new passport (yes she already had one, it expired in August). So I thought I may as well start the process of going through family court to get things officially in place. My ex hasn’t seen his children in 2 years.
Questions are this- am I opening a massive can of worms and potentially giving him the opportunity to insist I take my children to PRISON to see him. Should I just get permission for the passport? Should I just apply for passport without his permission and hope for the best.
This is definitely a conversation to have with you lawyer however I would recommend getting something solid put in place so cover you now and for when he is released. I don’t believe he will stand much chance of forcing his kids to visit him in prison, and like last poster mentioned you will need his sig for passport. Good luck.