My friend is going through a very bitter divorce/custody battle with his ex-wife.
Last year, she moved the children (5 of them) over 3 hours away from their father without his knowledge or permission. She enrolled them in school and they have been involved in many activities.
Because he was unable to get his court ordered visitation because she moved so far away, he chose to move to be closer to them. He moved to a neighboring town and was able to see his children on a semi-regular basis (she has always been difficult with visitation). A court ruling has yet to have been made regarding her contempt of court for withholding his visitation and moving the kids so far away without permission.
This morning, he got a text message from her stating that she had moved the children, yet again, back to the original place they were living (over 3 hours away). He had no knowledge of this until after the fact. She told him that they are in school and are happy.
This is an ongoing thing with her (she took them and moved clear across the country once and was threatened with jail if she didn’t bring them back). She continues to move around, uprooting the children with no rhyme or reason.
Can he get an ex parte custody order and get his children back? Now that she has moved again, he won’t be able to see them without great difficulty, and as past behavior predicts, he won’t see them for quite some time because she will make it as difficult as possible.
What can he do right now, today, to get his children back? She is in Alamance County (as of right now) and he lives in Brunswick County, but will travel to Alamance if necessary to get his children back.