Iowa  |  Family Law

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Asked on: 2/29/12, 7:21 am

my friend and her ex have a small child. When they split they did not go thru courts regarding custody or child support as they got along very well and hd no isssues at the time. This worked great until she told him she was thinking about getting custody and child support legalized thru the court. He then took off with the child 6 mos ago, she has only heard from him once, has called the cops, we live in small town and they told her they can't help, when she kept calling they threatened to arrest her for harassment. She hired p.i. who took her money. She has called all his relatives and anyone she can think of. Even though there was no "custody" arrangement" she had primary physical custody and he had visitation which he had no problem with until she mentioned child support. At this point she has no idea whether her child is alive or dead. To me it seems that since she can prove her child lived with her and her ex just had visition and the length of time that has passed without any contact there should be something she can do. Any advice would be appreciated.

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