Apparently, it is. In this case, a mother flees the state to protect her 7-year-old son. Her crime? Violating a visitation order. Her reason? Escalating harassment from her ex-husband. Her punishment? Possible jail time, which could mean the ex-husband winds up with custody.
Recently my friend’s niece fled the state with an infant as she and her baby were threatened to be killed by the father. She went to stay with her family in another state. I warned them that abusers can allege kidnapping, abduction and desertion, depending on what state/family court you go to. Many parents end up in a geographical prison, bound by courts to appease the ones that abused and threatened them.
Something’s got to change.
Read about the case here: Mom who fled Iowa, ex-spouse risks jail on return
Find out how you can take action here: Stop Family Violence