Can a mother that isn't divorced yet pick up her child from a relative's house without permission from the father?

Katie - posted on 08/03/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Last night my husband and I got into an argument so I left to go stay the night at a friends house. I told him to take our baby to my parents house in the morning but he didn't so I freaked out because I didn't know where my baby was. Then I found out that the in laws had her and we've had problems with them before. I called and I was very polite when I told them I was coming to pick my baby up. They slammed the door in my face and locked it. I flipped out because NOBODY takes my baby away. I kept telling them that I didn't need permission from my husband to get her because I am the mother. I was just wondering if there is a law that says I can't pick my child up and if it was illegal for the in laws to keep her away from me.

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Lacye - posted on 08/03/2012

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I don't think you have to have your husband's permission in order to pick up your own child. You might need to call your local police department and ask them for help. Also, you need to have an officer go with you in case they try to refuse to give your child back to you.

Katie - posted on 08/03/2012

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If anyone knows where I can find the law please send me a link in this thread :)

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