It's time for another look at how the laws related to parentage, custody, relocation and parental abduction intersect. Consider a recent and typical case with these facts--often encountered by family lawyers helping young parents:
√ The parents were unmarried
√ The parents had signed an Affidavit of Parentage at the time of the child's birth. See Michigan's Affidavit of Parentage, DCH-0682 (Rev. 4-16) By authority of Act 305 of 1996 as amended here. Download Affidavit of Parentage.
√ When the child was about three, the parents' relationship came unglued, Father committed an act of domestic violence upon Mother. An Ex Parte Personal Protection Order issued upon her application.
√ Father removed himself to a county located on the other side of the Mackinac Bridge--a four hour drive on a good day. On a bad day (high winds, snow storm, etc.), the bridge can be closed to traffic.