My ex boyfriend who lives in California came to visit our kids (We live in Texas) and wanted to take them out to eat. About an hour later he called me and said he was not going to return them and he took them to California. We have no court orders...
The best thing to do is get a good lawyer in your area that has handled cases involving jurisdictional disputes and the UCCJEA. Your attorney will likely advise you to file in Texas as soon as possible to establish jurisdiction, but you should talk with your attorney about options for having the children returned to Texas. Time is of the essence when it comes to jurisdictional issues, so you should talk with someone in your area quickly.See question
ALREADY BEEN THROUGH TEMP ORDERS. 60 DAYS BEEN UP THE RESPONDENT IS READY TO MOVE ON, PETTITIONER HOLDING IT UP.
Unfortunately, there is no required time period to finalize the case unless the court sets the case on the dismissal docket. The 60 day waiting period after the Petition is filed is just the minimum amount of time before a divorce proceeding can be finalized, but cases are very rarely finalized in this amount of time.
If the case is in Dallas County, the best thing to do when one party is holding up the proceedings is to request a pre-trial hearing from the Court. At the pre-trial hearing, the Court will set the case for trial and likely give the parties some deadlines they have to meet, such as a deadline to mediate the case. If the case is in another county in the DFW area that does not do pre-trial hearings, such as Collin County, you can usually call or write to the court coordinator and request a trial date. Having a firm date in place for trial tends to speed things up and gives everyone a timeline to work within.See question