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Hi. I am an attorney and I will help you with your question today. I am sorry about your situation and what happened in court yesterday. The first thing a person in your situation should do is consult with another attorney in your area to discuss yesterday's hearing to determine what if any motions can be filed. As a general rule, there is nothing you can do to stop a custody order from becoming effective when the court says it is to become effective. Did the judge make the order immediately effective or is it only effective when she is able to relocate to the state and establish a home? The motions that could be filed are Motions to Reconsider or Motions to Set Aside (which would include asking for a new hearing or amending the judgment). Also, a person in your situation should speak to an attorney about whether to file an appeal. There are specific grounds for filing any of these motions and it is impossible to tell without a full review of the hearing and the final order, once it is reduced to writing and signed by the judge, what, if any grounds, may exist. Please provide me with any additional information that may help me answer your question more fully. I am going to switch from the chat format to the question and answer format but will continue to monitor your question in that format for any follow up from you, despite the message that says that our chat is finished.