Do you know why the wife had to take the daughter out of state? Maybe the husband is violent and she wanted to get away from him. Or maybe she knew how difficult he would try to be and she was trying to put distance between the two of them to have some sanity. Or maybe she went back home to where they had lived-Maryland and he is stuck in D.C. now because the chose to take a job there. Which is actually the case.The courts in the U.S. tend to lean towards the mother anyway . If they had issued a ruling that the child is supposed to be with the mother most of the time then that means that if the mother wants to take the child out of state she can because she has majority custody. I think this rabbi summed up the situation best. Rabbi Herzfeld wrote, "I have been a rabbi long enough to know that when a contested divorce is taking place there are at a minimum two different sides to the story. But when either party withholds a Get and uses that as leverage, then until that matter is settled there is only one side. Period. Otherwise we are effectively giving the spouse veto power over any court's decision. Just as we would not tolerate physical coercion, we cannot tolerate emotional coercion." I am secular( American) and so I would not be in this situation but if I did have to go along with these religious laws I would want kind people like this rabbi to be around.
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