I was awarded custody but the mother is homeless. She wants the kids for the weekend but can't give me an address on my kids were abouts.
You set yourself up for contempt if you deny visitation. You do not have a right to ignore a court order and the consequences can be bad for you. If you feel the children are in imminent peril, call your lawyer and seek a modification and emergency relief. But otherwise, follow the court order.
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As long as the mother won't likely be engaging in anything that is illegal, immoral, or unethical, while she has the kids, I advise not thwarting her visitation time, especially if the order is specific enough as to say she gets the kids on such and such weekends, etc.. You have to be careful in a situation such as this to try avoiding a possible situation where you set yourself up for a possible claim of contempt even if you have good intentions. Notwithstanding, if there is a reasonable way to try negotiating with her to provide a reasonable compromise re: where the kids may stay during the weekend, I advise doing that rather than just denying visitation based on a possible technical violation of the order by her.
The children deserve to have what is best for them. While the custodial parent has the responsibility for providing an appropriate place for the children to reside, the non-custodial parent has the equal responsibility to provide an appropriate place for the children to visit. If she is homeless, how can she exercise her overnight visitation? How could you give the children to her and you don't know where they are going to be? However, you should not defy a court order. You need to file for a modification custody/parenting time so that the Court can address this very serious situation.
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