I am sorry to hear about your situation. You can withdraw it.
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Yes, you can withdraw your petition. Some courts will allow you to withdraw by stipulation prior to your scheduled hearing date, others will require you to appear and explain why you are withdrawing you petition. Considering your ex-husband is "highly contentious and abusive", it may not be in your daughter's best interests to for him to share custody. The best plan would be for you to consult with a local attorney before you decide what to do about your pending petition. Good luck!
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