I know a person who is leaving a very dangerous domestic violence situation. They are leaving legally, with the help of social services - to be moved out of state to an undisclosed safe place and are not to contact anyone they have known. New identities be givn. The relationship to the abuser is not biological to this person, nor romantic interest. Its a significant relationship to a parent. This person also has a child - toddler. All are being threatened with death - adults have been physically abused. My question is - this person has shared custody with the childs father. The father is not a threat - is not involved in the situation. But also hasnt seen the child in months. A parenting plan has been started with court, but not finished. Can this person legally leave with the child?
Child custody involves decisions about who will be responsible for a child, including parental rights, for both married and unmarried parents, and adoptions.
Any domestic violence convictions can make a child custody case more difficult, since the court takes into account past convictions when deciding custody.
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