Greetings. She may be able to file a Domestic Violence action if his behavior is threatening and she is scared of him. Otherwise, she needs to either leave with the child or file a Divorce from Bed and Board action. If he leaves with the child, she would have to file an emergency custody action, which takes more money than she wants to spend now. The key is for her to talk to an attorney NOW and get good advice specific to her situation. She will also need a strong backbone to make good decisions for herself and their baby. Best of luck to her.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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