My question involves a child custody case from the State of: FL/ AL
I am posting this trying to find answers for a friend. She is in an abusive relationship. She claims she is finally done cant take it anymore etc. This relationship has always been this way and she is done goes back, and the cycle continues. Quick background she was with him left him when she was about 4 months pregnant. Moved in with us we took her and her other children in (not his). We got her on her feet and moved away from here. She broke down a while after and he went where she was. They got back together (still not married) and moved to AL. While there she had the baby and then he was arrested for domestic violence and put on probation. She got BACK with him after. Then a few months later (Aug of this year) he gets her to marry him. They were not married when baby was born, baby was 9 mos old when they married (she says it was forced pretty much). Then they have more problems and move back to FL last month. They are living with his mother. He has kicked her and her other children out then let them back. He is telling her she cant leave with the baby, she is unfit he will take the baby from her blah blah the normal DV stuff. She called me hubby wont let her come back after last time. We put alot of time money into helping her just for her to go back again and again. Anyway I told her he cant and the law wont stop her for leaving with the baby. To go on Monday and get a DV order. My question is what is the fathers legal rights to the child? I know as unmarried the father has no rights till they petition the court. As married when the child is born the father has as much right as the mother does. If the father were to take off with the baby today. Does the fact that they are married now, regardless of not being married at birth. Give him the same legal rights as he is on the BC?