I was granted temporary custody with my order of protection. Will another state enforce this custody order?
Yes. Custody, visitation, and child support provisions that are included in an order of protection can be enforced across state lines. Law enforcement and courts in another state are required by federal law to enforce these provisions.1
1 18 USC § 2266
I was granted temporary custody with my order of protection. Can I take my kids out of the state?
Maybe. It will depend on the exact wording of the custody provision in your order of protection. You may have to first seek the permission of the court before leaving. If your abuser was granted visitation rights with your children, then you may have to have the order changed, or show the court that there is a fair and realistic alternative to the current visitation schedule.
To read more about custody laws in Arizona, go to our Custody page.
If you are unsure about whether or not you can take your kids out of the state, it is important to talk to a lawyer who understands domestic violence and custody laws, and can help you make the safest decision for you and your children. You can find contact information for local domestic violence organizations and legal assistance in Arizona under the Places that Help tab at the top of this page.