What can you do if your spouse threatens to take the kids?
What can you do if your spouse threatens to take the kids? You have a couple of options and disillusion in custody cases if your spouse is threatening to take the kids. The first option would be what's called a status quo order. The status quo order essentially asks the judge to freeze the kid's schedule for the last 90 days. In order to file a status quo order, you have to have had the exact same schedule for the last 90 days.
A status quo order would essentially freeze that schedule and freeze the child's usual place of residence with whichever parent they've been living with the last 90 days. However, this may not be an option for you if you haven't had the same schedule for the last 90 days. It may also not be an option if you're looking to move or there may be strategic reasons why you may not want to file a status quo order. The second option you would have is called a temporary relief order, and essentially it would be asking the court to grant a temporary parenting plan during the duration of your disillusion or custody case. Temporary relief orders typically take a little while to go through the court, so you could be looking at two to three months even before you have a temporary parenting plan. Unfortunately, with family law, there's often not an immediate fix to immediate problems. The status quo orders and temporary relief orders are really the only way you can prevent the spouse from taking off with the kids and get sort of temporary parenting plan in place while your case is pending.