Q: can I take my son out of state (Ohio to Puerto Rico) without permission from my ex?
My ex and I were never married and I filed for child support but other than that, there are no court orders on anything concerning my son
A: If you were not married, and you are the mother, and the biological father has not established paternity, and a court has not granted him parenting rights, then you are the sole custodian and make all decisions regarding your son and where he lives. You do not need permission to move. But if you do move, and the father then files for parental rights, if you have not yet established residency in the new location, Ohio might still be able to exert jurisdiction and order your son to be returned. But it would be an expensive process for the father. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney before you move, so you know the potential problems.
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