Can my sister move to a different state with her children?

Asked over 1 year ago - Las Vegas, NV

My sister is just getting out of a very abusive marriage. She has a protection order against her husband. He beat my sister numerous times. He gambled everything, including to the point of losing their house and all their savings. They have 2 small children. She can not afford an attorney, and is struggling to feed her children. I want her to move her and the kids to a different state to live with me so we can help her. She is in constant fear of him right now. He threatens to take the kids and never bring them back. He has sold everything they owned. He hasn't helped her financially at all. There is no custody order. He would never consent to her moving. How can we do this legally so she won't lose her children?

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  1. Jill K. Whitbeck

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    Answered . No lawyer will be appointed for your sister. However, there are resources for victims of domestic violence and low income persons. Your sister needs to get a divorce case on file ASAP with a motion to relocate. If she moves without the written permission of her husband or a court order, she is risking losing the children. Hopefully the history of violence is documented very well, so it can be used in court. Have your sister contact domestic violence services providers and legal services providers to get help. She should also apply for welfare so she can get food stamps to feed the children. With persistence and patience she can get out of this and begin a new life for herself and her children.

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  2. Israel Lynda Kunin

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    Answered . Your sister should contact Legal Service Center of Southern Nevada for pro bono services.

  3. Deborah G. Fiss

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    Answered . She should file for custody and permission to relocate in her local Court. If she is indigent, an attorney shall be appointed to her, Good luck!

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