What is the name of your state? Washington.
I have a 6 month old baby girl and I am not married to her father. I have recently told the father that this is not going to work and I want him to move out. We have had several discussions and after I convinced him that I had made up my mind, he informed me last night that he would move out but he was taking our daughter with him. I do not want to prevent my ex from seeing our daughter and would be fine with visitation, but she will be living with me. I know that if gone through a court, I would be awarded custody, as my ex has been unable to hold a steady job, does not have reliable transportation, nor enough money from the jobs he does get to provide for our daughter the way I could etc... But, my fear is, we are both on her birth certificate, we have nothing through the court as far as custodial parent etc.. If he were to take her and not give her back, would I have to wait until we could go to court to get her back, or am I considered her custodial parent automatically???? Please answer ASAP if you have any experience or advice with this problem!!!