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As long as there are no custody or divorce proceedings pending or no court orders relative to child custody, your daughter is free to take the child to live with you in Tennessee. However, before she does so she should speak with a local divorce attorney. It may not be advisable from a tactical standpoint to flee with the child(ren), because that may reflect poorly when an ultimate custody determination is made. Of course, the first issue is your daughter's physical safety. A restraining order may be appropriate, and she may be able to get a temporary order for custody as well.
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