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Common Law Issues The law regarding common law relationships is different than in cases of divorce. Discuss the issues that affect unmarried couples here.

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Old 11-24-2007, 02:10 PM
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Exclamation More travel and pasport issues/Common Law parents Beware!

After reading several threads regarding travel consent and passport issues, I thought I should post my most recent dilemma/revelation.

I applied for passports for my son and I, and I included all the necessary documentation, including both our birth certificates.
I received a call from passport Canada, explaining that because my child is from a common law union, they require a "long form" birth certificate for my son, even though his mother signed the original passport application, and travel consent forms, and they have his regular birth certificate.
Getting a "long form" birth certificate is a major pain in the a#*! The Ontario government should give these to common law couples automatically IMO, because obviously the regular birth certificate they gave us is not enough for them to approve a passport! What a joke!
The "long form" application doesn't even ask for the non-applying parents address or phone number! It seems to me to be a simple tax grab opportunity to collect another $35.00 for no reason!
I have cancelled my trip, as I won't get the passport in time now!
If you have a child common law...get the "long form"'re going to need it!
I went right to the service canada office, who should have known this, but after going through my application line by line, nothing about "long form" certificates was even mentioned. If I was a rich man, I would be tempted to start some type of litigation against the government for ruining my travel plans! Very frustrating indeed!
Old 11-25-2007, 05:17 AM
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I got my long form certs on the Service Ontario WEB site...they sent it in three days!!
Old 12-07-2007, 12:25 PM
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Priveteone, please elaborate....
Are you saying you were able to fill out the application on line? What about signatures etc.?
I got the forms on line but assumed I would have to take them completed to a service desk somewhere and stand in line forever...
As mentioned, I have already had to cancel my travel plans over this, and they have his regular birth certificate tied up now....
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