Hi all, I need your suggestion regarding by friend’s unique problem. She was living with her husband in the US. They’re married for 9 years and have a five year old kid. When the child was 9 months old, huge fight popped up between the couple and they are living separately. They aren’t legally divorced though. They are living in different cities at present. Her husband is a chauvinist with dominating behaviour. My friend is a doctor and wasn’t allowed to work there. Unable to tolerate being treated as slave, she fought back and that led to separation. Now she’s managing with some work and is living with the kid. The chid was born in the US and hence, a citizen by birth. Now that the child is 5 years old, it’s time to renew the passport, for which, I believe, the signatures of both the parents are required. Her husband is not accessible on phone and is not responding to any form of communication. Finally, the passport renewal has been rejected and the child can’t travel anywhere. She’s not prepared to move legally for divorce because she’s scared about the custody issues, the finances and the mental torture involved in the process. I need your inputs to guide her sail through this. Is there any way by which she can get him sign the papers or get the passport renewed without his signature?