Domestic Violence

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Question: I am planning to leave my partner, who is verbally and sometimes physically abusive. We live together with our 4 year old daughter. If I take my daughter to live somewhere else (in state) would it be considered kidnapping? I plan on getting an emergency order of protection the following day as soon as the court opens. I want to make sure I am not breaking any law by removing her from her home.

Answer: You don't say if the father is on the birth certificate, if he is ordered to pay child support or has joint custody. If any of these things are in place, he may be entitled to know where are you going. You should contact the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence at http://www.azcadv.org/

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  • I am planning to leave my partner, who is verbally and sometimes physically abusive. We live together with our 4 year old daughter. If I take my daughter to live somewhere else (in state) would it be considered kidnapping? I plan on getting an emergency order of protection the following day as soon as the court opens. I want to make sure I am not breaking any law by removing her from her home.

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