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    Hi All

    hope everyone is having a good day.

    I am facing a challenge and can’t seem to find a way around it.

    My partner and I broke up 6 years ago and whilst parenting of our son was meant to be shared 50/50 it quickly became 99/1 with my son living with me full time as my ex partner showed little interest. As of today my son’s mother has not seen him in nearly 4 years.

    My son and I would very much like to go on holiday abroad but are facing difficulties in obtaining a passport for him. Due to the year he was born his mother has parental responsibility by right and I have it through being named on the birth certificate. When I tried to apply for his passport I was advised that we required a copy of his mothers birth certificate.

    I have applied for a copy of the birth certificate through the General Registrar but they could not find her under the name and date of birth she had provided. I appreciate the obvious answer would seem to be to ask her for a copy but we don’t know where she is!! (if I am being totally honest, I don’t really want to find her – my son has no desire to see her and I am concerned she would refuse to provide it out of spite)

    I cannot be the first person to ever have this problem so there must be a solution. Can anyone offer any advice?


    thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this.

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    I’m sure you are not the first person to go through this situation so perhaps the gingerbread team can help.

    I’m pretty sure you can apply to court but I can’t remember on what grounds.

    Sorry I can’t help further


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