Superior Court abused its discretion in denying unwed father’s motion for order requiring mother to execute a notarized written statement of consent to allow him to execute a passport on behalf of child as to whom they shared joint legal and equal physical custody; child’s travel opportunities began as early as fifth grade, father had been planning a trip to France and had plans to visit relatives living abroad, mother failed to offer a compelling reason why it would not be in child’s best interests to obtain a passport, and to deny child a passport, without any contrary reason given by mother, assuredly would harm her best interests.
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