Q: How long can a child be kept from home before county or state must file paperwork
A: It depends on whether there is a court order or not. If there is a parenting time order, each parent's time is governed by that and law enforcement will enforce the terms of the order. If there is not an order, the matter may be one of parental kidnapping, however law enforcement may view it as a parenting dispute and not become involved. If there are disputes between parents about the location of children, the best thing to do is file for an allocation of parental responsibilities court order.
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