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my fiance left me and ran off to california, leaving me with

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my fiance left me and ran off to california, leaving me with our son at my parents house in Seattle WA. we lost our apartment, shes losing her car for not making payments. I'm now stuck in Seattle with my parents. She then decided she was going to come get the baby and move to California with him. i told her no, that's not ok.
so now,shes now going back to idaho to get a part time job and i've been told that if i don't go back to idaho i can be charged with kidnapping. what can i do to protect myself?

Hello and welcome.

My name is XXXXX XXXXX my goal is to provide you with excellent service today. I am sorry to hear of your difficult situation. Before I can give you an accurate answer to your question, please provide the following additional information:

Is your name on the child's birth certificate? You wish to remain in Seattle with the child?

I look forward to assisting you as soon as I have received this information. Thank you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes, my name is XXXXX XXXXX childs birth certificate.

yes, I do wish to remain in Seattle.

Hello again, Alex, and thank you for clarifying that for me.

WA law does not typically recognize an unmarried father's parental rights until they have been established by court order, so you do need to get a petition for parental rights filed as quickly as possible.

Under the circumstances you have described, a prosecutor would not typically pursue kidnapping charges against you since the mother left the child in your care, but you could be forced to return custody of your child to the mother until you can get an order of custody.

It would be best to retain a local family law attorney and file an ex parte petition for custody of the child since it appears the mother is unstable and may attempt to pursue kidnapping charges against you or retake custody of the child.

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