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There's not much you can do, unless you are prepared to file for divorce and custody. The family law courts will not get involved until you file a petition to divorce and for custody of your child OR he's actually taken your child. If you are not prepared to take such steps, you should document anything you think is erratic and be prepared to call the police if anything turns violent.
If you file for legal separation, yes.
It's very similar to filing for divorce, but instead of getting divorced, you have a legal document that outlines whether or not he sends you money for support, pays child support, etc.
Colorado makes their forms available online. They also give you the instructions for filing. If you walk through the steps, you should be successful in completing the filing.
No, that's the form for custody issues if there is no marriage or civil union.
You will want to start over and start here:
He would have to have had a Judge give him authority to keep your daughter from him. Just having paperwork that he's drawn up isn't enough. If he doesn't give your daughter back, you would need to file your paperwork immediately and ask for the Judge to order him to return your daughter to you. You could try talking to the police, but sometimes they won't get involved.
If you don't want to give him visitation this weekend, you don't have to unless a Judge has ordered that he has parenting time.
If you have reason to believe that he is planning on filing something, then yes, it is to your advantage to file sooner rather than later. If you are concerned for your dogs, you can ask the Judge to award you the dogs.
Even though you say you do not want money, you should still ask for child support. That isn't being greedy, that's just asking him to support his child like he would if you were still living together.