New Kensington, PA asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for New York

Q: I’m a young adult writing a novel that takes place in 1942. Would harboring a runaway be punishable?

This is a fictional universe of course but I haven’t found much information on the subject. To make it brief, a young girl runs away from an abusive father and winds up on a man’s doorstep who takes her in. He cares for her until months later, the abusive father gets a legal team to seize back his daughter. Would the man be in trouble for doing this?

1 Lawyer Answer
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Garden City, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Under todays' laws the answer would be no however you would need to speak to someone familiar with the laws in 1942

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