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If there is currently no custody order in place your son can pick up his children without obtaining one. BUT it is more advisable for him to obtain an Emergency Custody Order from Maine. If the MAINE CPS feels that the mother is a danger they can take custody of the children and place them into the system. Then it becomes complicated.
So he would be better off getting the children now. Especially if CPS will write a report that the judge will review.
Here is the law on obtaining an Emergency Custody Order:
Once your son has Custody he can file for permanent Custody in Tennessee. BUT he must make sure the Maine Court states in the Order that it is relinquishing jurisdiction to Tennessee.
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