Can a non-married woman leave the state with her baby without the father’s consent, to get out of an abusive relationship?

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Can a non-married woman leave the state with her baby without the father’s consent, to get out of an abusive relationship?

Asked on June 25, 2012 under Family Law, Arizona

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Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Certainly.  Unless there is some court order somewhere saying that she can't.  It is not a question of whether the parents are married.  The question is whether there is any sort of court order -- either from a custody proceeding or a divorce or similar proceeding -- stating that she can not leave the state without his consent.  


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