Legal Question in Family Law in Wyoming

My daughter and her boyfriend have split and have two children together. They were never married. Neither of them can get a job that pays anything where they currently live. Can she move out of state with the boys to find a better job? Her boyfriend does everything he can to keep her in town. He says she cannot leave because he says the years they were together constitute common-law marriage. I don't even know if Wyoming recognizes common-law marriage. They currently work out their work schedules so they don't have to pay for day care, but she is REALLY limiting her earnings.

Asked on 5/02/11, 9:07 pm

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Thomas Lubnau Lubnau Law Office, P.C.
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1. Wyoming does not recognize common law marriages. If they resided in another state, then there is a possiblity that the common law marriage would be recognized in that state.

2. Have they done a paternity action? If so, the support order is controlling. Getting custody resolved now will prevent him trying to take the children from her.

3. She should get a lawyer to help her with this matter.

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Answered on 5/03/11, 8:26 am

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