I am a stay at home mom of 2 toddlers and one almost in college. The desision to stay at home with the babies was agreed upon by both of us. But now I have been unemployed for 4 years and I do not know my legal rights for this situation. Also my husband and father in law are not above taking my babies out of the country. What can I do to protectus during this awful time?
You really haven't supplied much information. It's very possible that you could receive some form of alimony, at least to get you through the divorce and possibly to transition you to a self-supporting work environment, but you haven't told us musch about your case.
The best way to keep your kids in the country is to probably keep their passports with a friend or relative in a safe place. If they are citizens of any country, you should talk to a lawyer about means of protecting them. You should talk to a lawyer about your case, anyway, so you can learn what options you will have.
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I would definitely recommend that you speak to a lawyer. You are likely entitled to some form of support, particularly if the children will be spending majority time-sharing with you. As far as removing the children from the country, securing the children's passports will provide some protection. If you need additional protection, you will likely need to have a case filed so that the Court can determine whether additional protection is warranted.
You may be entitled to alimony. If passports have not been issued for the children previously, it has been our experience that the US passport authorities will not issue passports without the permission of both parents. Do an Internet search on that. If they have been issued, secure them if you can and check the passport site for any notification procedure.
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