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I am an unmarried mother. I have a 4 month old with my

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Hi, I am an unmarried...
Hi, I am an unmarried mother. I have a 4 month old with my boyfriend. He signed the paternal paper at birth. I am her primary caregiver and pay all her medical bills. Do we both have equal rights if we separate? He has just taken her while I was at the dentist and now wont tell me where she is.
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Californi California
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: No he just took her and is saying he wants to split our time with her.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: He was being aggressive in front of her yesterday, nothing has been reported. that is all thank you
Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

The answer to your question is yes, you both have equal rights at this moment. Without a court order, the law considers both of you to have equal custody. To terminate his rights or modify his rights, you would have to go through the family court in California to make that happen. Have you considered contact the police or anyone who may know of her whereabouts?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Since we both have equal rights is he allowed to take her and not tell me where she is?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I asked his brother who I thought he was with where she is. He said he would find out.
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

To a degree, he can. However, because you have rights, you have the right to know where your child is at. It's kind of like shared rights that the courts would prefer parents work out on their own. But if he takes the child and does not tell you, he essentially is abducting the child. This is different than if my wife comes home and my child and I are out to ice cream and she isn't aware. If he wont' tell you, then he may be breaking the law. I'd recommend contacting the police or sheriff's office to help you get this situated ASAP.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you for the information!
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thank you!
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

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