You're going to want to get a lawyer to help you get the children back. Luckily, the law is on your side.
Under Texas Penal Code, parental kidnapping is a state felony charge. As such, penalties may include up to two years in state prison, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.
The penalties and charges may extend beyond $10,000 and two years in prison if one the following applies.
- The child was held for ransom
- A deadly weapon was used
- The child was abused
I don't know why the police would be on their side, but if you are the primary custodial/residential parent/conservator, then the police should be on your side. The court should be on your side and the court gets the final say.If you have a court order and she is violating it, then she's in the wrong and could be in serious trouble.
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I'm really sorry this happened, but this is common. I'm like an attorney ad litem in your state and I see this all the time. People don't end up getting away with this, and in your state the law is even tougher.
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