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My husband and I have separated since our daughter was 3

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my husband and I have separated since our daughter was 3 months old. I had to flee domestic violence. Our daughter will be 2 years old next month and we have not seen or heard from my ex since we left. I do not think he bothered to look for us. Recently, I applied for a passport for our daughter so that we might go to Disneyworld in Paris, only to dicover that my ex had already obtained a passport for her. I have no idea of his current location and I do not know if he is aware of our whereabout. I feel under his control as I am not now able to travel with my daughter who does not even know dad. Meanwhile the passport office are unable to issue another passport. What do I do? Please help! Is he also likely to abduct our daughter? I am in a mental distress over the thought. I feel powerless to move forward with my life. We have suffered financial, material hardship and I am now just beginning to feel a little bit confidence since my ordeal with him, now this?

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
Have you any idea where your ex is now?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

no

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Where was he when you last heard from him and when did he obtain the passport?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Nov 2013. I'm not sure when he obtained the passport, it most likely to be sometime around end of 2013, for he would have had her current passport photo at that time.

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Is he likely to be in the UK?
Are you willing to initiate proceedings which will lead to a court case he will be aware of?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

yes to all the above

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Have you considered reporting the passport as lost?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

yes, but the passport office said I'm not able to do that. They're aware of my concerns, but I not sure that it is lawful for me to report it as lost, besides I would have to give the passport number of which I do not know

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Did they tell you when it was issued?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

no

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
I would discover that first so that you can decide what you wish to do.
Just to check - are you now divorced?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

no, but I have not seen or heard from him since I fled

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Do you want a divorce (there is a reason for this line of questioning)
Clare

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