I have a 17-year-old daughter not getting consent from her father for a passport to travel to New Zealand to see a very close friend and his family. My daughter suffers from depression and anxiety and I am concerned for her wellbeing and as a mother my best interest is allowing her to see a very close friend for a week as a break. Her father will not consent and will not reason. He has avoided all discussions and did not respond to my calls or messages. He has not given a real reason for not giving consent and my daughter's emotional wellbeing is my main concern. She is 17 and is living with her father at the moment but was with me for the last 4 months as her father hit her over the head when she asked to get a passport and she did not want to live there anymore. She went back to complete her studies. I know my daughter is capable of travelling and all safety issues have been covered and her nan (my mother) has also offered to travel with her for her father's reassurance but he will still not consent. We have tried calling and messaging multiple times and we are trying to avoid court process as this can be time-consuming and costly. Her father and I separated more than 10 years ago and have not properly spoken since though I have attempted, she had lived with him and his mother as she could not get in contact with me as they did not let me know where she was or let me see her, but last year her and I began rekindling lost time and our relationship and are now close as ever. As a mother, I am worried for my daughter's wellbeing. I see her suffering and the emotional abuse she gets in that house every day and with no real reasoning of why she cannot travel (being 1 year off 18) it angers and upsets me and need some guidance of how I can ensure my daughter can get a passport with or without her father's consent.