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How can i file an emergency motion to stop my children from being taken out of the country on the weekend?

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?

Texas

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I am out of money.... having spent everything on 4 lawyers in the last 2 years

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Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Family Law
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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
My kids have already left the state. They leave the country in a few hours (i think)
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Family Lawyer: Sean K, Family Law Attorney replied 1 month ago

It is possible to file an emergency action in the family courts if there is a threat of harm from some potential or anticipated conduct. Here it would be the foreign travel. The question that will have to be addressed is the risk of harm as a result of, in this case, the travel. While there are many inappropriate things that occur in foreign countries and with foreign travel, millions of people travel internationally each year, many with children, many with children of divorce, with no problem.

The good news is that if there is a threat, then an emergency filing either as a petition under an existing case, or as a modification to a current order.

The procedure would be to consult the local rules for your court, draft the petition based on existing evidence, file it with the Court, and, once a hearing is set, appear at the hearing and show any proof such as text messages, police reports, affidavits of witnesses, photographs, writings, facebook or other social media posts or any other evidence. You may consider something like a temporary restraining order prohibiting the travel or even a modification of custody.

It is always good to consult with an attorney on these issues, but if this is not financially viable, then this is something you can pursue on your own.

Please note: This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. There is no specific course of action is proposed and no attorney-client relationship or privilege formed within this conversation.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
My question was more about how to file during an emergency on a weekend...
Family Lawyer: Sean K, Family Law Attorney replied 1 month ago

So there is an emergency on an weekend that requires attention?

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Family Lawyer: Sean K, Family Law Attorney replied 1 month ago

Is there presently a Court order in place addressing custody and visitation?

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