I am sorry to hear about your situation. When you say that the judge met with your ex’s attorney before court, I am assuming that your ex’s attorney attempted to get an “ex parte” order - meaning an order with only them present to force you to bring the children back to North Carolina.
Yes, the court can force you to bring the children back to North Carolina, and it appears that the court will do this. Generally, children are allowed to move with the parent they live with if the move is beneficial to the parent and the move is not being made to remove the children from the other parent and the jurisdiction of the court. In this case, it appears that the judge thinks you did just that.
What I would tell you is to look long and hard for a job in the Charlotte area. I agree with your attorney. Once a judge sees a situation in a certain way, and it appears that this judge does, it can be hard to change their mind.
So, my suggestion is to #1 begin looking for jobs long and hard, go to all interviews, and really focus on Charlotte #2 talk to someone from the firm we are associated with in Charlotte and #3 follow your attorney’s advice, whichever attorney you use. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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