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Thank you for your question.Please permit me to answer your questions in order listed. However, before I do so, please allow me to give you some additional thoughts. If all you state in your facts is coming to pass, it sounds as if you are potentially being set up. Consider retaining counsel, and if at all possible picking up your children yourself from their school or kindergarten--she cannot keep you from the children, and as their father you have exactly the same right to custody as she does--you both have co-equal 50/50 custody until and if there is a court order splitting custody in a different manner.To answer your questions directly, yes, your spouse (not her father) can keep the children from you. Since you have co-equal custody that I described, both you and your spouse have equal rights, and that means that you cannot force her to give you the children--in essence the one who has the children does not have an obligation to share the children with others. Her father is potentially lying to police if you can prove it, which is tough, as for making himself the mediator, only the courts can do that via court order. Consider stopping constant texting over to your spouse as she may later allege that you were 'harassing' her and seek a restraining order on those grounds---the behavior you described is appearing to go in that direction.Good luck.