My wife and her mother
put our two sons, age 10 and 6 in our only car yesterday while I was inside our apartment and drove across the state line from NC to SC where she had without my knowledge or our sons knowledge, filed for a NC divorce
, already leased a house in SC, found a waitress job, and enrolled our sons in a SC school to begin next Monday. I was not given an opportunity to say goodbye to our sons nor were my parents with whom we are temporarily living in their first floor apartment. She said she was given "temporary custody" of the boys until such time as we can schedule a hearing for custody. I have not been served with any papers and have not been shown the "temporary custody" document that she claims to have. I notified the police immediately and they have been trying to locate her car in both NC and SC with no success.
She hid both sets of keys to my parents' cars so I could not follow her. We found the keys several hours later in the microwave where she knew we would discover them after she was safely out of state.
I have never been abusive and have always treated my wife and boys well in our 17 years of marriage
. She left quickly so there was no time to take their clothes, toys or their pet cats. I am heartbroken as are the boys' grandparents who had a loving relationship with the boys and with my wife and me. Both my parents are elderly and disabled.
My wife has been in an adulterous relationship with another man in SC for about 2 years and I don't want my boys placed in the middle of that situation since the man has been convicted of drug and alcohol abuse and is a disbarred attorney. It is possible that my wife will marry him once our divorce is finalized.
My question is: Do I have a legal right to go to SC on Monday and remove the children from the public school and return them with me to NC? If so, what legal papers should I take with me to present to the school?