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Firstly - to be clear - you have advised that the passports have expired.
New passport applications are taking months to be issued at the moment.
It looks like both of you are going to be in some difficulty with travelling abroad with the children.
If the passports need renewing, you need the birth certificates. So you should respond to the solicitor and state that you need the children's birth certificates from mother to renew the passports, and that if she refuses to give these to you that you too will have to make an urgent specific issue order application as neither of you can travel with the children until the passports are renewed.
Further, there is a PSO in place.
If mother has a specific holiday plan then she can provide details of the flights or other travel arrangements and share booking details no later than 14 days in advance of the planned travel. On receipt of this information you can agree to her having them for the trip, to be returned to you with the children when they come back to your care.
I trust that this assists?
Thank you for clarifying that.
Then the last part applies in particular - if there is a specific holiday planned then they can apply to the court as a specific issue order if you are not able to agree. Specifically, as their main carer, you should retain the passports. If she won’t provide holiday booking information, then you have cause to be concerned.
Is there anything more I can assist with?
I think given the concerns then no, particularly as no specific plans have been put forward.
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