I was divorced in January 2005 and have a child aged 10 now (he was 1.5 then). Although visitation rights were granted, the father has not exercised them and we have no contact since. I have no idea where he is as he moved out of the city where I was residing at that time. After a few years, I moved back to my home city.
When I applied for my son’s passport, the passport office refuses to issue it because the father’s consent (signature and passport) is absent. I filed Annex G, an affidavit sworn before magistrate, stating the reasons clearly. But they are refusing to issue the passport unless I get the father’s consent or I get sole custody.
Is it possible for me to get sole custody? I still have no idea of his whereabouts. If I do not get sole custody, then my son will have to wait till he is 18 to be able to apply on his own. Please help with your legal advice!