When does the parent that lost in trial have to turn over the children to the other parent?

I had trial on Friday and the judge reversed the custody of my 2 children over to the father. He has been harrassing me everday since then stating that he now has custody and is trying to take the kids from home by 7pm tonight. I was instructed that I have 10+ days until an order after the hearing is filed by his attorney before I have to turn my children over to him. My children are scared to death what do I do? I am trying to do the best I can right now considering the circumstances, but I do not believe that I should have to endure his threats. Please help me asap

Sacramento, CA -

Attorney Answers (2)

C. Logan McKechnie

C. Logan McKechnie

Family Law Attorney - Merced, CA
Answered

The court, when it made the order, should have and probably did say when it was effective. Unless there was a specific delay, you most likely had to turn the children over forthwith. Contact your attorney, if you had one. If not, go to the self-help desk at the court house and have them look at the minute order and tell you if there is a specific date and time for the exchange.

Disclaimer: Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on as such.... more
Sean Anthony Musgrove

Sean Anthony Musgrove

Child Custody Lawyer - Folsom, CA
Answered

It depends on the language of the Court order. However, you need to comply with the Court order or you may be found in contempt. If you do not agree- you need to file an ex parte motion for reconsideration or on new grounds.

Feel free to contact me at 916-965-4577. I would have to see the Court order and find out more about your situation.

I have a variety of payment options, from the traditional retainer/hourly, to a flat fee service where you pay one time and I do a certain task for you, or we can prepare the documents so you can go to Court yourself.

Nothing in this answer is intended to create an attorney client relationship.

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