Thank you for the information.
Can I leave the state? I am afraid of repercussions of filing for custody while living with him, and cannot afford to relocate in Hawaii.
Response: Yes, you can leave. You can relocate with the child to Michigan. Because there is no pending custody Order, you will not be breaking any law. As a mother of a child out of wedlock, you have sole custody of the child. The father does not have custody rights until he files for one. You do not have to do anything. Also, if you stay in Michigan for six months, the father would have to file for custody in Michigan, which would then be considered as home state of the child.
You need to plan your exit from Hawaii very carefully. You would leave when he is not suspecting it and when it is safe for you to leave to avoid any physical confrontation..
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