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It depends whether there is a court order setting out custody and visitation. If there is no court order restricting a parent's right to his/her child, either parent can take the child anywhere he/she wants to and it is not against the law.
However, if there is a custody order in place and the parent violates the order and refuses to return the child or runs off with the child, that parent can be charged with parental kidnapping.
Yes, until you file a petition to establish custody and visitation. Once you get a court to set up timeframes for these matters, you'll have grounds to file contempt and other criminal charges (including parental kidnapping) if the court order is violated.