If you were served papers, it means your ex or another party with standing filed for an emergency temporary custody hearing. You need to hire a family law attorney immediately.
Please be aware that this is not legal advice, but merely, an answer to guide you in the proper direction. I would need to have a consultation with you and be apprised of all facts before I could give legal advice that could be relied upon. Additionally, no attorney-client privilege has been established. In accordance with AL Rules of Professional Responsibility: "“No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.”
If you received an order granting you custody of the children then you have the right to have the children in your care. Accordingly, you can retrieve them from wherever they are. If you do not have an attorney, I would suggest that you secure one.
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