Thank you for your question.
1) At the school, speak with the school staff to make sure they understand that there is a child custody
hearing that will be in taking place soon and that at the present time, the children the children should not be released to their mother
if she comes to pick them up. Unfortunately, the school staff make not like to get involved without a court order specifically stating that you have temporary custody at this time. Since the mother has petitioned for custody at the present moment, you can't now request for a temporary order
2) Right now since there are not court orders giving anyone custody to the children, both parents have "equal" rights in seeing their children. You cannot prevent the mother from seeing her children, but you can request that she cease taking them and may contact the police for assistance if the environment becomes hostile or abusive. The police unfortunately does not like to get involved in these issues without
a custody order which they can read and enforce.
Unfortunately, absent any domestic abuse
, disruption or danger to the children by the mother, the mother can see her children. You will need to be vigilant that she not remove them until the court decides. A restraining order
will not work here, unless there is domestic violence
that began on her part.
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