My son is 18 yrs old and not involved with his mother due to her having drug use problems so he left her care and living

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Customer: My son is 18 yrs old and not involved with his mother due to her having drug use problems so he left her care and living with my mother I am his biological dad but when we tried to get him a passport so he could come and live with me in Australia he was told that he cannot receive a passport until he has cancelled his passport that his mother has applied for few years back is there some way of getting it done without problems because his mother is not involved in his life.
JA: Have you talked to an Australian lawyer about this?
Customer: No
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: Nothing so far just found out today about this issue
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Nothing else
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Hi My name is ***** ***** I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington with more than 42 years of experience. I am here to help with your questions.
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Is this about Australian law or getting a New Zealand passport?

Customer
Thank you Chris for helping me out.
How can approach this problem that my son and I are in?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

I suggest you treat his current passport as lost or stolen-the passport office advise-

What to do if your NZ passport is lost, stolen or damaged

You must let the Passport Office know as soon as possible. This stops someone using it illegally and helps to protect your identity.

You can do this online by:

  • applying for a replacement passport, or
  • declaring your passport lost, stolen or damaged.

You need to tell us:

  • when it was lost, stolen or damaged (approximate date)
  • where it was lost, stolen or damaged (the city and country)
  • what happened, briefly.

If a valid (not expired) passport was lost or stolen and you do not want to replace it immediately, you also need to report the loss or theft to the police and tell us the police report reference number.

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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

You can tell them she has stolen the passport, as by withholding it, she has really stolen it from him

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I think that should work

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