In order to obtain a passport for your child who is under the age of 14, both you and your child’s other legal parent must sign the passport application. If you and your child’s other legal parent are separated, this can prove very difficult. For this reason, exceptions have been made to this rule so that the other parent’s signature is not required under some circumstances. Terminating parental rights or obtaining sole legal custody of your child in San Bernardino can be very difficult as family courts are very reluctant to terminate parental rights. For this reason, you should not attempt to bring a child abandonment case or file for sole legal custody of your child without consulting with an experienced San Bernardino child custody attorneys at Wallin & Klarich.
Under 22 U.S.C. 4, the exceptions include:
- If only one parent is listed on the birth certificate;
- If you have successfully terminated the parental rights of the other parent; or
- If you have sole legal custody of your child.
Child Abandonment in San Bernardino
In San Bernardino, the various family law courts throughout the county will hear child abandonment cases. Under California Family Code Section 7020, the family law courts may terminate the parental rights of a parent who is found to have abandoned their child. In evaluating whether the other legal parent of your child has abandoned your child, the court will consider many factors.
San Bernardino family law courts are hesitant to terminate the parental rights of a parent. They try to make every effort to ensure that the other parent is notified of any court hearings and the child abandonment proceedings to ensure that the other parent has an opportunity to object to the request to terminate parental rights. Due to the seriousness of child abandonment allegations, it is important that you hire the right San Bernardino family law attorney to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.
What the Experienced San Bernardino Child Custody Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Can Do for You
The San Bernardino child custody attorneys at Wallin & Klarich will guide you through every step of the process to terminate the parental rights of your child’s other parent so that you will be able to obtain a passport for your child. Our knowledge and experience in the San Bernardino family law courts will help to ensure that your petition to terminate the parental rights of the other parent is prepared correctly and filed with the appropriate court. From there we will appear with you at all necessary court hearings so that you are represented effectively. Once the parental rights of the other parent have been terminated, you will be able to submit the order terminating parental rights to the clerk assisting you with your child’s passport to show that the other parent’s signature is not necessary to apply for the passport.
With over 30 years of experience in helping clients with child abandonment and child custody matters, our attorneys understand the sensitive and stressful nature of child abandonment proceedings. With offices located in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, Torrance and Sherman Oaks, we have an attorney who can assist you wherever you happen to live.
To speak with a San Bernardino County child custody attorney at Wallin & Klarich today, call us at (888) 749-7428. We will be there when you call.