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When it comes to custodial orders, the judges have a wide amount of discretion to change the location regardless of any motions. In your case, the first hearing date, the judge moved the location on his own (as you described it).
In most states, an appeal does NOT stop the new ruling. You will be ordered to comply with the new ruling while on appeal. I recommend you consult with a local lawyer about this issue since it is important enough for you to be discussing appeals.
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