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My name is Clare
I shall dd my bets to help you but I need some further information first
Does your ex have all the details of the holiday?
Have you taken the child abroad before?
Has she said why she is refusing to release the passport to you?
Has she ver been difficult in the past?
But always given way at the last minute?
In that case you need to apply to the court tomorrow for a Child Arrangement Order regarding the time that the child will spend with you on holiday - and a Specific Issue Order for the production of the passport.
The court will not grant an order in her absence - but you can ask for the time for service to be "abridged" (shortened) so that if you apply tomorrow and serve the papers on her in evening there can be a hearing on Monday or Tuesday
The form you need is here
You do not need mediation because it is urgent
You will need to take three copies of the completed form plus £215 to your local family court at 10am and ask for it to be issued immediately
I hope that this is of assistance = please ask if you need further details
It means that you only need the Specific Issue Order - and there is a chance you MIGHT get that without her being notified first - worth a try.
You need to be CERTAIN that she has seen them - arrange for a process server - £90 worth spending
You are most welcome - good luck