My son, Matt is married with children. He and his wife, April, have 3 boys, ages 2 and 7.
April's mom stayed with them for 2 months to help babysit the 2 year old. April is doing an unpaid internship to complete her degree, so they depend only on Matt's income.
I live 7 miles away and work from home with flexible hours. April and her mom plotted against Matt to take the 2 year old across the country to stay with April's mom for 2 months. They kept the plan from him, knowing he would object, until Friday morning. When April told Matt of the plan, they had a blow-out fight, and April would not relent. April's mom joined in the fight and they called the police on Matt as he was quite upset and there was no peace to be found in the matter. The police negotiated and April promised to have the 2 year old come home in 2 weeks. The police arrested Matt and April asked for a 72 hour NO-Contact order - which would last until Monday morning. Matt was released that day.
April's mom flew out with the 2 year old on Sunday, but they would not divulge the time to Matt. Matt tried to contact emergency family services and the police to find out if there was anything he could do to prevent his son from being kidnapped, without his consent, to a far-away place. They told him no. He would have to wait till Monday to file a petition to have his son returned to him.
So now it's Tuesday. April is trying to have her husband back home but threatens to divorce
him if he files any petition. And is insistant that the 2 year old stay away for 2 months. Her excuse is that they can't afford a babysitter. But they can. I even set up a babysitting situation to cover all the hours needed. I would watch him half a day, then their babysitter they were using would watch him the other half of the day. They would only need to pay the sitter half a day, 3 days a week. I presented this to April on Friday evening. She said no, and threatened to call the police on me for harassing her.
Is there anything we can do to...
1. force that the child be returned home?
2. make it illegal for April or her mom to take the child away from home for longer than 24 hours without the father's consent?