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Hello there --
When you were going through the Texas court hearings, which of you had custody of the children before the end of those hearings?
Did you inform the Texas court that he took off with your children and you were unable to find them?
Hello again --
Because he had custody and no final order was entered then if your daughter moves with you in another state you would put him in a position of having to go to the courts in CA to try to get a written custody order from the courts there in CA. However, if your daughter gets to you first, you can go into your local family court and ask for a custody order based upon the abuse and you will probably get an order at least for the daughter who is living with you. Regarding the other children, you best bet is to start calling Child Protective Services in their county in CA and reporting the abuse to them to see if the matter will be investigated and you may be able to step in and take the children back with you if they are removed from his home. The only other way that you can approach this is to file a motion for custody and visitation in the county family court in California where he is residing with the children - you cannot do it in your own home state because the children do not reside there (a custody court case must happen in the state where the children are living and that is most likely the reason your ex moved them out of state -- to make it more difficult for you to pursue the matter into court).
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Hello there -
You can buy a flight or a train ticket without a problem but she might get stopped at the airport or the train station if she is reported as a runaway so you should do it very quickly. Have you thought about sending the pictures of her to CPS? They might look into it further at that point. Otherwise, even if you are not present in CA, you could hire a lawyer and apply for custody in the county where he lives -- you can show the court the pictures at the hearing and because your daughter is a teenager she actually has a choice in the family courtroom of where she wants to live and when she chooses you, there will be no further problems. A CA lawyer can set the entire hearing up and you would simply have to appear for it.
You really cannot. That is why I said to purchase the ticket quickly because you may be able to beat that happening.
They may have reported her as a runaway then and it would be difficult for her to take a train or a plane to you. Her best choice is to go to the police with the pictures of what has happened to her and she should ask the police to call you. Seriously. If she makes these charges against her father AND she has a place to go, then CPS will probably not return her to her father and will make some arrangements with you. But she has to be strong enough to tell the police what is happening and what has been happening.