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You and the father can have any agreement you want between the two of you, BUT the court order is the default rule. In other words, the two of you can agree to whatever arrangement you like, but if there is no mutual agreement, the court order governs.
So, in this situation, you'd have the right -- under the court order -- to take the children back and he'd have no real legal authority to stop it.
The father could file a petition to modify the current custody order and ask the judge to grant him joint custody based on the fact that he's had the children, etc., but that'd be up to the judge to decide. Until then, however, the current order would remain in affect and in force.
The police aren't likely to get involved.....but if they did....the standing court order would be what they would have to enforce.
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