Q: No established custody, what are the possibilities?
My daughter is 10 years old. Her father and I have never been married. His name is not on the birth certificate. There has never been any custody established. I moved out of state 2 years ago. If I file for child support and a court order is granted, will my daughter's father have a say in whether she can stay living out of state? Or will he still need to establish a custody? Will he have to back-pay for the years that no order was in place? I want financial help, but don't want to have to move back Missouri.
A: Missouri has jurisdiction over custody issues since the child has been there for at least the last 6 months. It is unlikely the court would order the child to return to Colorado. However, the father may get some visitation rights. The court could order some back support depending on the facts. You should retain an attorney to help you with this
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