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Question: My son's dad and I are not together and we're never married. My son's dad does like who I am currently eating and is claiming to take my son away from me. I haven't seen my son now in a week and can't get ahold of him in anyway as he's blocked me from everything. I need my son back and he needs to be with me and I want to go about this in a civil and legal manner I just need to know what steps I need to take or to know that he can't just take him away.

Answer: You do not say if there is a legal order dividing custody between you and your child's father.  If there is a shared custody order, you may need to go back to court to enforce that order.  Otherwise, your options are to reach an agreement with the father or file a petition in Superior Court seeking custody.  (Family court now calls custody "legal decision-making and parenting time."  You can find forms and instructions on the court's website in the self-service center.  It would probably be a good idea to get some advice from a lawyer.  There are 3 programs in Arizona that you can use to get some inexpensive legal advice and guidance.  One is the Modest Means Program.  If you are financially qualified for the program, for a $75 fee, Modest Means  will arrange a one hour consult with an experienced attorney.  If you need additional help and the attorney agrees to take your case, the fee charged will not exceed $75 per hour.  The telephone number is (866)637-5341.  Both the Maricopa and Pima County Bar Associations have lawyer referral programs that offer a 30 minute consult with an experienced attorney.  Maricopa County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute consult for a fee of $40.  The telephone number is (602) 257-4434.  Pima County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute consultation for a fee of $35.  The telephone number is (520) 623-4625. If you do  not have sufficient money to pay for a reduced fee consult, you can go elsewhere on this website and apply to see if you qualify for a free lawyer.  Go to http://www.azlawhelp.org/accesstojustice.cfm

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  • My son's dad and I are not together and we're never married. My son's dad does like who I am currently eating and is claiming to take my son away from me. I haven't seen my son now in a week and can't get ahold of him in anyway as he's blocked me from everything. I need my son back and he needs to be with me and I want to go about this in a civil and legal manner I just need to know what steps I need to take or to know that he can't just take him away.

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